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Introduction

Introduction

Welcome to the Dreamweaver MX Advanced for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickPro Guide! Dreamweaver (Figures 1 and 2) offers an incredibly robust combination of features. It’s simple to use and it’s one of the very best WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) Web-page editing tools ever to come down the pike.

Dreamweaver offers speed and capability when constructing page essentials such as links, images, forms, frames, layers, and cascading style sheets.

But Dreamweaver doesn’t just make pages. Dreamweaver MX now offers full integration with your database application server to help you get text, images, and more from your database and onto your pages. Using Live Data view and Dreamweaver’s server behaviors, you can display your dynamically generated pages right in the document window as if they were static HTML.

Dreamweaver also offers a vast array of tools for editing your code, whether it’s HTML, JavaScript, XHTML, XML, CSS, or any kind of page on a dynamic server platform.

And Dreamweaver’s tools take your pages from your desktop to your live site. In the Site window, you can view your files on your computer, your live production server, and your testing server, all without batting an eye. You can upload and download your files using Dreamweaver’s checkout tools or in combination with many popular content management tools.

Who Should Use This Book?

This book assumes some familiarity with Dreamweaver and HTML, although we try not to make assumptions or skip any steps. We wrote this book for people who may already have a Web site or a database but would like to take the interactivity and productivity of their sites to a new level.

We intended this book to introduce the basic concepts of databases and application servers both to those who have never used them before and those with a little experience who want to take full advantage of Dreamweaver’s time-saving data management tools. If you're a seasoned pro, you may be excited to learn Dreamweaver can help you automate simple or repetitive tasks, or help you and your colleagues integrate Dreamweaver into your collaborative workspace.

You should use this book if you’re:

  • A database beginner who wants to manage an interactive site without learning how to write application code by hand.

  • Someone who has a dynamic site up and running with someone else's help and wants to learn how to do it on your own.

  • A graphic designer who’s used to working with Web media, and who wants to design dynamic sites and increase the interactivity level.

  • A Web expert who likes to hand code but wants to streamline your workspace.

  • Someone who knows that clean code is important, but who doesn't want to hand everything.

  • Someone who needs to learn Dreamweaver MX quickly


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