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Macromedia Dreamweaver MX Dynamic Applications

Explaining what all of these new dynamic features of Dreamweaver MX are. By Adam Bell
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Macromedia Dreamweaver MX Dynamic Applications
Advanced Training from the Source
Jeffrey Bardzell
Macromedia Press/Peachpit Press
$44.99 US/$69.99 CAN 431 Pages
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This book continues the tradition of the excellent 'Training from the Source' series of titles from Macromedia/Peachpit. This title shows off many of the new dynamic functionality that was carried over to Dreamweaver MX from the old Ultradev app that Macromedia had produced prior to merging UD into Dreamweaver.

In this book, you go step-by-step taking a static HTML-based tourism site and upgrading it to the next level by making it dynamic, either by turning these pages into Active Server Pages (ASP) or Macromedia's own ColdFusion format (CFM). In the process, you'll learn how to create templates, make the site more accessible, creating dynamic web forms, creating a calculator to determine various prices for different destinations, adding databases, building your own search engines and filtering areas and keywords you do or don't want to include, adding password-protection and creating your own Content Management System (CMS) so additional members of the web team can easily add content without learning programming.

The context of the book is very well written and the illustrations are well executed to guide people step-by-step throughout the entire process of this book. Mr. Bardzell has painstakingly attempted to explain, in as best laymen's terms as possible, what all of these new dynamic features of Dreamweaver MX are and how powerful they can really be.

I do have a major gripe about this book and for that matter many of the Dreamweaver titles currently out there. Mr. Bardzell has decided to concentrate on writing a book that would only appeal to people who are creating ASP or ColdFusion sites using Microsoft Access as the database. While I realize that does cover a lot of users, it definitely doesn't cover everyone to be sure. For example, in my case the majority of my clients are hosted by Unix Apache servers running PHP and MySQL databases, if any databases at all. Reason I went that route is that Apache server are less susceptible to hacker attacks than Windows servers and also using PHP and MySQL is free and some wonderful programs are coming out to make creating and editing MySQL databases as easy as editing an Excel Spreadsheet. Now that's the choice I made along with the web host I aligned myself with and I know many more people also went the same exact route for a variety of reasons. Which is why, unfortunately, I was unable to run the examples in this book since I didn't have any servers running ASP or CFM.

While this is indeed a well-written book with excellent tutorials on how to create Dynamic sites in the Dreamweaver MX environment, I would like to see more books featuring tutorials for PHP/MySQL users or users of other dynamic technologies like Java Server Pages, to please the rest of the Unix/Linux crowd. Maybe a second version of this book would be welcome in the future.

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Adam Bell is the Design Director, CEO, Videographer and sometimes janitor with ( amazingly not getting plastered in the French Quarter of New Orleans, LA.
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