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Building Dynamic Web Sites with Macromedia Studio MX 2004

In this book, you get to develop it all By Adam Bell

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Building Dynamic Web Sites with Macromedia Studio MX 2004
by Tom Green, Jordan L. Chilcott, Chris S. Flick
542 Pages
$45.00 US/$67.99 CAN
New Riders Publishing
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This book, a sequel to a passage written two years ago, attempts to tie in all of programs offered in the Macromedia Studio MX bundle in one book. Now, I've seen books like this before that attempt to cover a little bit of this and a little bit of that but never really covers anything. Fortunately, this isn't one of these books.

The idea of this release is that you'll design a dynamic website for the Oakbridge Community Centre, a fictional community center. Obviously these clients have one huge budget because they want all sorts of dynamic data to list events and bookings, offer live audio/video chat, a tour of the centre, polls, mailing lists and more.

OK, first off I'd like to know who this client is because in the real world, I can't imagine a community centre that actually would want all this. Not to mention have the budget for it all!

That being said, this is a 'fantasy' project. But like all fantasies, we can all dream.....

In this book, you get to develop it all. More importantly, you get to do it using virtually every nook and crannie of the English Muffin that is Studio MX 2004. From designing flow charts in Freehand, the interface elements in Fireworks, the booking app using Director (yes, even Director gets covered) and Flash and the chat using Flash Communication Server for your connectivity. Nothing gets missed.

Now in the last version of this book, to create the dynamic pages you had to either create your data in Microsoft Access and also use ColdFusionMX for connectivity. When I initially picked up this release, I thought the same would apply. After all, this is a Macromedia MX book. So why would you see other options. Turns out I was completely wrong as MySQL is covered in the book as an option! This was great as MySQL is an excellent open source option and myself being on a Mac, I can use it whereas I cannot use Access since there's no Mac version. I also want to complement the authors by explaining how to install ColdFusionMX on a Mac server as well since most people do not realize that this is possible. 

The additional benefit of this book vs other similar titles is the authors aren't afraid to make learning fun. There's plenty of jokes, ribs and overall good fun that makes reading the passages very relaxing and easy to learn without going overboard on the technobabble.

The end result is you will have created a website that 98% of all Community Centers will never, ever need but in the process you will have dramatically grown your overall Studio MX expertise. Enough to get you out of the fantasy world and into the reality world of life.


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Adam Bell is the Design Director, CEO, Videographer and sometimes janitor with dzign@datatv.com (http://datatv.com/) amazingly not getting plastered in the French Quarter of New Orleans, LA.
Related Keywords:Macromedia Studio MX, Tom Green, Jordan L. Chilcott, Chris S. Flick, New Riders Publishing, web design, Dreamweaver, Flash, Coldfusion, Fireworks

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