Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 Hands-On Training

With its powerful combination of visual layout tools, application development features, and code editing support, Dreamweaver MX 2004 is sure to become the constant companion of many Web developers. Here to get you hands-on with it fast is the definitive project-based training on the topic from one of the master teachers at training. Using a combination of project-based lessons, guided exercises, and QuickTime tutorials, veteran author Garo Green walks you through all the Dreamweaver M

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  1. Review by Douglas Millhoff for Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 Hands-On Training Rating: Once upon a time, right around the turn of the century, I took a class in web design. The principle texts were from Lynda Weinman’s Hands-On Training series, and I was generally pleased with the methodical nature of the instruction, and the insightful way it explained WHY you were doing what you were doing. Lynda’s Dreamweaver 2 H.O.T. was no exception.

    My work took me in a different direction, and six years later, I find myself pretty much retraining from scratch. Naturally, I chose the same book for retraining in Dreamweaver MX 2004. My first discovery was that the book was riddled with errors and oversights. There is an errata URL that itemizes a variety of errors and corrections, and none of those I discovered are listed there.

    OK. So the book has a number of embarrasing, uncorrected mistakes and gaffes. Most appear to be carryovers from previous editions, suggesting the author and editors got sloppy and may not themselves have followed through the steps. In a classroom environment, where an instructor is handy to help you figure out the mistakes and what the author intended to say, it’s still very educational to find and correct the mistakes yourself.

    So, I completed the book, and keeping my marked-up copy as a reference, have the foundation I need to build a web site. But something was missing… Something about buttons… Imagemaps and hot spots! Way back when I learned Dreamweaver 2, the H.O.T. book covered those tricks. They’re completely absent from this edition. And rollovers. This edition only skirts the subject.

    What else has the author left out?

    This book does a fine job of explaining what it does manage to get straight, but there are some glaring omissions, and if you’re self-training, there are some mistakes that could leave you dead in your tracks trying to figure things out.

  2. Review by Carl W for Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 Hands-On Training Rating: I should warn you up front that MX 2004 is the first version of Dreamweaver I’ve used, and this is the only book on Dreamweaver I’ve gone through. Veterans of Dreamweaver may have a different perspective on this book.That said, the book isn’t wearing well for me. I have so far worked through Chapter 7, and taken frequent peeks at the chapters to come. At first, I was impressed by the detailed and numerous screen shots, but then I began noticing all kinds of small discrepancies between the text and the screen shots.Furthermore, I’m using the Mac version of the software. If you only read Chapter 1 in the bookstore, it looks as if Mac and Windows screen shots get about equal time. In point of fact, don’t expect to see any Mac screen shots after Chapter 2, and some of the ones that are included are misleading and/or mislabeled. I realize that there must have been great time pressure to get this book out near the release date for the software, but it would have been nice to have a Mac user work through and proofread this book.Finally, I find the writing style irritating. There are lots of smileys in the text, which make it seem much less professional to me, and the author tries to keep a conversational tone, but it often just seems too cute.

  3. Review by Eggs for Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 Hands-On Training Rating: I purchased this book used. It was in great condition and the CD was unopened. I used it for a beginning web design class. Class was spent learning other things so it was up to us on our own time to learn the program. It’s been a great help to me the and interactive chapters and movies work really well. They break everthing down so it’s as simple as possible. I had a basic fully functioning site made by Chap 6.

    The only hang up people might have is that it caters far more to PC users than Mac ones. Most of the examples are PC based. But I work on a PC and used a Mac for my classes and had no problems.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t know the program at all and wants to learn the basics of Dreamweaver.

  4. Review by Nancy Fam Rizk for Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 Hands-On Training Rating: The book itself is pretty good. I happen to like the H.O.T. (Hands On Training) Series. But the Author is really annoying. I totally agree with the post here titled “Cutesy and Wordy.” The text is littered with winking smileys. For example, the text in front of me says the following:

    “Save the changes to this page and leave it open for the next exercise. Please. ;-)”

    Lame. And even lamer, on the next page it says:

    “The document … should still be open. If not, go ahead and open it now. I will wait right here.”

    It’s full of stuff like that, which I don’t really want from a book.

    But if you can tolerate that, I think it’s a pretty good book overall. I did find several mistakes that slowed me down a bit, but if you’re intelligent enough to realize that there might be mistakes, you shouldn’t have too many problems. Also, I heard from my classmates that this book isn’t as Mac-friendly as they had expected.

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