Case studies in programming books are extremely helpful ways to exemplify a concept, technique or technology in programming – they really help the text to sink in. One of the problems though is that rarely does a case study cater exactly to the situation you find yourself in (which in some ways is a relief, otherwise there would be a lot fewer programming jobs!).
The authors will be well known to DMXzone regulars as the book has brought together Rachel Andrew, Craig Grannell, Allan Kent and Christopher Schmitt together in one volume. The book takes the form of a collection of four case studies, each based around a common web archetype.
Christopher opens the book with an entertainment/fan site project, Allan is next up with a news portal that makes use of his beloved PHP, Craig comes third with an external facing corporate website and Rachel wraps up the show by building an intranet site based on Access and ASP.
By looking at the projects from inception to delivery the authors look at the profiles of different audiences, consider appropriate designs and technology choices and then show how to implement the site using Dreamweaver MX 2004 to build standards compliant sites.
Friends of Ed have kindly provided DMXzone with a copy of the book, which we've reviewed. Furthermore we have an extract from the news portal chapter available here.
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