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Dreamweaver Documentation

This should be your first stop when looking for answers to a Dreamweaver question (after this book, of course!). This site allows you to search Dreamweaver’s LiveDocs (online manual) and the Product Support Knowledge Base.

Dreamweaver Exchange

This is the place to go when you’re looking for Dreamweaver add-ons and extensions. At press time, there were more than a thousand items for download.

Dreamweaver Weblogs

Once you go to the link above, click the link for the Dreamweaver category. This site is an aggregator site that lists posts from many people’s Dreamweaver-related weblogs. It’s a great way to keep up with the Dreamweaver community.

Dreamweaver Developer Center

This site has tutorials and sample files focused on the new features of Dreamweaver CS3, and articles that will help you better use Dreamweaver to build your sites.

Project Seven

Project Seven is one of the premier developers of Dreamweaver extensions and page templates. Their Pop Menu Magic extension helps you build extensive pop-up navigation menus for your site with almost no effort. And their PagePacks are collections of great-looking page layouts with an interface that lets you easily add those pages to your site.Besides the paid products, the Project Seven site also contains many tutorials covering CSS, images, navigation, and more.

Community MX

Tons of constantly updated content, page templates, tutorials, and extensions, are available on a subscription basis at Community MX. Subscribers get the content at no extra charge; non-subscribers can purchase items à la carte; everyone can sign up for a free trial. The site also has support forums for subscribers, where the site partners guarantee a timely, useful response.

A List Apart

A List Apart is not Dreamweaver-specific, but it’s essential reading nonetheless. This Web magazine has been around since 1998, and is still an invaluable resource for people who make Web sites. You’ll find great, well-written articles on virtually all aspects of building sites. Now, go check it out.

Other Online Resources

You can find interesting and useful help with Dreamweaver and Web sites in general if you go beyond just Web sites.

Dreamweaver Newsgroup

Adobe (under the old Macromedia name) has a lively newsgroup for Dreamweaver users that gets many messages every day. You’ll need a Usenet newsreader program to access this forum. Good ones are Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express on Windows, or Microsoft Entourage or Panic Software’s Unison on the Mac. Or, just send your browser to http://groups.google.com/group/macromedia.dreamweaver.

Wise-Women Mailing List

Wise-Women is an online community, with a Web site and an email discussion list. The purpose of the list is to provide women on the Web with a supportive atmosphere to deal with issues of Web development, design and consulting. Wise-Women was founded in 1999 by one of the authors of this book (Dori), and is going strong today. You’ll find lots of useful information on the mailing list about using Dreamweaver, among many other subjects. And in case you’re wondering, the community is not just for women only.

Lynda.com Online Training Library

If you’re more of a visual learner, Lynda.com offers an excellent series of video training programs that cover Dreamweaver and the rest of the Adobe product line, as well as many other software packages. You can purchase these training programs as CD-ROMs that you can view on your computer, or you can access the videos over the Internet through their Online Training Library, for which you’ll need to purchase a subscription. One of us (Tom) produced Contribute 3 Essential Training for Lynda.com, and the other (Dori) produced JavaScript Essential Training.

Other Dreamweaver Books

Though the authors would naturally like to think that the book you’ve got in your hands is all you’ll ever need to become a Dreamweaver expert, we recognize that you might just want a bit more information after you’ve completely devoured this book. There are approximately a million different Dreamweaver books on the market; here are some of the books we think are the best.

Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 with ASP, ColdFusion, and PHP: Training from the Source

Written by Jeffrey Bardzell and Bob Flynn and published by Adobe Press, this book covers many of the aspects of Dreamweaver that aren’t covered in the book you have in your hands. You’ll find information on working with servers, setting up database connections, using SQL, and building database-backed Web sites with dynamic pages.

Dreamweaver CS3 Bible

Joseph Lowery is well known in the Dreamweaver community, and this massive Dreamweaver reference, published by Wiley, shows why. At a whopping 1,200 pages, we think this is perhaps the best comprehensive Dreamweaver reference book available.

Web Design and JavaScript Books

After our last edition of this book, we got email from readers asking for our suggestions for books about JavaScript and Web design. There are too many books to count about these subjects, so here are some of our favorites.

JavaScript & Ajax for the Web, Visual QuickStart Guide, 6th Edition

Written by Tom Negrino and Dori Smith (hey, that’s us!), this best-selling JavaScript book is a great introduction to the JavaScript language. When you want to find out more about using JavaScript than you can achieve by using Dreamweaver’s behaviors and Spry widgets, our book is a good start.

Stylin' with CSS: A Designer's Guide

This book by Charles Wyke-Smith, published by New Riders Press, teaches you how to use CSS to style text and create page layouts, as well as create user interface components. It makes good use of case studies to not just tell you how things are done, but why you should do them that way, all delivered in an easy to understand style.

Designing with Web Standards, 2nd Edition

Jeffrey Zeldman was one of the earliest and strongest voices evangelizing Web standards, and this book for designers explains the gospel to designers in familiar terms that they understand. This book is best for readers that are already familiar with using CSS to build Web sites. It’s another book from New Riders Press.

Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design

This is another beyond-the-basics book, written by Andy Clarke and Molly E. Holzschlag. Both authors have been involved with Web standards for many years (they and Zeldman have been long-time leaders of the Web Standards Project, www.webstandards.org), and they bring that cross-platform, cross-browser sensibility to the problem of designing Web sites. This is a book for designers who want to learn how to use CSS to create beautiful sites with exceptional design.

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