The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS, Ajax,and PHP

Book coverAt the time of its release, Dreamweaver CS4 represented the most significant upgrade of the leading web development tool since Dreamweaver MX in 2002. The user interface was redesigned to give Dreamweaver a more coordinated feel and look with the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite, but it's under the hood where the real changes took place.

To help you get the best out of the program, The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS, Ajax, and PHP takes an in-depth look at the following new features:

In clear, everyday language, The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS4 shows you how to build web pages using best practices and the latest technology, including CSS, JavaScript libraries, and PHP. The highly successful Dreamweaver CS3 edition of The Essential Guide has been rewritten from start to finish, and contains a large amount of new material.

The book focuses on using CSS, Ajax, and PHP in a Dreamweaver context. As long as you have an understanding of the basic principles of HTML and CSS, you should be building interactive websites in no time at all. You'll learn, among other things, how to style one of the preinstalled CSS layouts and add a Spry menu bar. The default layout provided by Dreamweaver is solid, but looks drab and uninspiring. However, by changing a few style rules and adding some images, you can quickly turn it into the basis for an elegant website.

No prior knowledge of JavaScript or PHP is required. The chapters on Ajax concentrate mainly on Spry, Adobe's implementation of Ajax, but the book also includes practical demonstrations of working with jQuery and the YUI Library.

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