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Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 and Databases

This book attempts to show you how to create a dynamic web presentation ... By Adam Bell
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Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 and Databases
Sean R. Nicholson
432 Pages
$45.00 US/$67.99 CAN
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Ever since Macromedia first launched it's advanced version of Dreamweaver, Ultradev and then integrated Ultradev into the last version of Dreamweaver MX, users of the leading web authoring tool have been able to do more than just create static webpages but pages that can connect to a live database and present data from it in various ways.

This book attempts to show you how to create a dynamic web presentation by connecting to a Microsoft Access or a SQL Server database by using ASP.NET or ColdFusion technology as the bridge to connect to the live data. What's different about this book is you get to learn how to create dynamic internet sites and dynamic INTRANET sites as well for corporations who want to communicate internally. What's also good about this book is if you have not upgraded to MX 2004 yet, you can still use the previous version of Dreamweaver MX and still get the ideas presented in this book.

In the examples, you end up creating pages and templates for a faux-corporation called Krystal Clear Corporation. You first create an intranet site to display employee records and create a management system to add, delete and/or change employee records in the Access database. You'll learn how to create login pages as well and how they connect to data that lists different login/password combos.

In the second example, you'll create an internet site connecting to a more fluid database using Microsoft SQL Server. You'll actually learn how to create the database from scratch and how to make it secure. From there, you'll create an e-commerce store with search capabilities and also another login/password control panel for management to allow them to update or change inventories.


While I liked the concept of this book and the ways it's tutorials are presented and organized, I have to make light of the fact that if you're not using ASP.NET or ColdFusion as your connection tool, you're pretty much sunk. I personally use PHP for my dynamic connections and MySQL for the database, so I really couldn't use the tutorials in this book in real-life examples. So even though the title may be long, it should be emphasized this book is for ASP.NET or CF programmers ONLY! The rest of us have to stand behind the velvet rope looking for a different book to learn how to use Dreamweaver with the database connections we prefer.

So if you are an ASP.NET or ColdFusion person, you can't really go to wrong using this book. The rest of us? Keep looking.

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.

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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.
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