3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 25, 2008 8:17 AM by Newsgroup_User

    Recommend DW book(s)

    Josie815 Level 1
      I have used DW in the past when the site was already created. Now I'm in a new job and we want to create a new website using DW and incorporate a shopping cart. While I've done several tutorials on DW, I have not take any college courses. Since many of the users on this site have advanced-expert web design experience, I'd like your recommendations on book(s) or other learning tools for DW CS3.

      Thanks,
      Christine
        • 1. Re: Recommend DW book(s)
          Level 7
          To embark on a project like this, you will need a solid understanding of
          HTML and CSS. A good way to get that is to review the tutorials here -

          http://www.w3schools.com

          Then you need to focus on some server scripting - which model you choose
          (ASP, ASP.NET, ColdFusion, PHP) would depend on your database selection and
          your host's capabilities. Each has advantages and disadvantags, although
          the PHP/MySQL combination is a very popular one (while DWCS3 supports ASP,
          support for ASP.NET is not being continued in CS4, unless you are able to
          hand code everything).

          In that regard, if you elect to go with PHP, I can only praise the DW/PHP
          books by David Powers highly. They are engaging and topical, drilling right
          to the heart of the matter, and dealing with it accurately. To get to the
          point where you can use these books, though, you might want to investigate
          the series by David Sawyer McFarland called Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing
          Manual (published by O'Reilly).

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          "HappinessGrows" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
          news:g6cmbp$bd3$1@forums.macromedia.com...
          >I have used DW in the past when the site was already created. Now I'm in a
          >new
          > job and we want to create a new website using DW and incorporate a
          > shopping
          > cart. While I've done several tutorials on DW, I have not take any
          > college
          > courses. Since many of the users on this site have advanced-expert web
          > design
          > experience, I'd like your recommendations on book(s) or other learning
          > tools
          > for DW.
          >
          > Thanks,
          > Christine
          >

          • 2. Recommend DW book(s)
            Josie815 Level 1
            Murray *ACE*, thank you for the information! This is greatly appreciated.

            I don't have a 'solid' understanding of CSS and only basic of HTML, and I know I am taking on a lot with creating this website. We will have a 3rd party host our website. The shopping cart that we purchased is already using MySQL. Most likely I will be creating 5-12 webpages as we will not have (at this time) separate pages highlighting/introducing products. I have already created the MySQL database and uploaded our product information to the shopping cart. There are some cosmetic changes to be made on the shopping cart, though now my concentration is back on building the new website with 5(+) webpages.

            I have the understanding of code and I am mostly self taught. Starting with a BASIC college course and learning whatever was needed for my job. I have worked extensively with databases (DBASE, proprietary, and ACCESS), including SQL to create jobs. Also, I have many years using graphic software (catalogs, etc). So, I have a basic understanding of code, and with good DW tools, I'm ready to dive in to create the company website.

            I will check into books by David Powers. Currently, I have The Missing Manual DW CS3 by O'Reilly that I am reading for step by step. However, I do want the website to have the look and usefulness of being created by a seasoned web designer.
            • 3. Re: Recommend DW book(s)
              Level 7
              Good luck! If you are using MySQL already, you are probably using PHP -
              check David's books on DW and PHP at http://www.friendsofed.com, especially
              this one -

              http://www.friendsofed.com/book.html?isbn=1590598598

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              "HappinessGrows" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
              news:g6cqc0$flp$1@forums.macromedia.com...
              > Murray *ACE*, thank you the information! This is greatly appreciated.
              >
              > I don't have a 'solid' understanding of CSS and only basic of HTML, and I
              > know
              > I am taking on a lot with creating this website. We will have a 3rd party
              > host
              > our website. The shopping cart that we purchased is already using MySQL.
              > Most
              > likely I will be creating 5-12 webpages as we will not have (at this time)
              > separate pages highlighting/introducing products. I have already created
              > the
              > MySQL database and uploaded our product information to the shopping cart.
              > There are some cosmetic changes to be made on the shopping cart, though
              > now my
              > concentration is back on building the new website with 5(+) webpages.
              >
              > I have the understanding of code and I am mostly self taught. Starting
              > with a
              > BASIC college course and learning whatever was needed for my job. I have
              > worked extensively with databases (DBASE, proprietary, and ACCESS),
              > including
              > SQL to create jobs. Also, I have many years using graphic software
              > (catalogs,
              > etc). So, I have a basic understanding of code, and with good DW tools,
              > I'm
              > ready to dive in to create the company website.
              >
              > I will check into books by David Powers. Currently, I have The Missing
              > Manual
              > DW CS3 by O'Reilly that I am reading for step by step. However, I do want
              > the
              > website to have the look and usefulness of being created by a seasoned web
              > designer.
              >