Sebastopol, CA--Dedicated "To all who sleep, eat, and dream
Dreamweaver" by coauthor Heather Williamson,
in a Nutshell (US $29.95), just published by O'Reilly & Associates,
delivers exactly what web developers have been dreaming of: a compact
and in-depth reference to this powerful, yet often under-utilized,
"Macromedia Dreamweaver is the dominant professional web development
environment. Dreamweaver in a Nutshell will help both technical and
non-technical web professionals get up to speed quickly so that they
can use the tool either standalone or as part of a larger workgroup,"
notes coauthor Bruce Epstein. The book was inspired by "web developers
ready to go beyond simple HTML editors to true site management,"
continues Epstein. "We target web masters, web page designers, and
experienced web developers."
True to its "In a Nutshell" moniker,
a Nutshell gives
developers and designers quick reference both to advanced features as
well as those used every day, providing expert guidance in the
sometimes nightmarish tasks of creating complex web sites. With
Dreamweaver, professional web developers can not only create web pages,
but also manage complicated sites, whether they use HTML only, or
server-side languages. While it focuses on Dreamweaver, the book also
applies to Dreamweaver UltraDev.
Williamson's and Epstein's approach in the book assumes the reader has
a knowledge of web page development--though not necessarily
Dreamweaver--but they do not try to teach HTML or web design. Divided
into five sections, Dreamweaver in a Nutshell moves smoothly between
introducing readers to the core elements of web page creation, site and
extending Dreamweaver for particular styles, and ending with an entire
reference section. Tables, layers, frames, libraries, assets, history,
roundtrip HTML, site checking, Fireworks integration, Dreamweaver 4
features, and modifications with XML are just a few of the features
succinctly addressed. The authors not only provide pointers for
success, but also alert readers to possible pitfalls throughout the
"With the growth of the Internet, the Web is going to be the single
largest form of sharing information, doing research, and communicating
with businesses, customers, friends...if it isn't already that," notes
Williamson. "I wrote Dreamweaver in a
Nutshell because in my opinion
Dreamweaver is one of the best Website development packages available."
Concludes Epstein, "Dreamweaver represents the intersection of visual
web developers and hard-core web scripters and programmers. It will be
a fertile ground for collaboration for many years to come."
What the critics are saying about Dreamweaver in a
"This well-organized reference covers all Dreamweaver features in a
clear and concise manner. It will bring new users up to speed quickly
and give power users new insights into Dreamweaver's most advanced
features. This book is a must for all Dreamweaver users."
--Jay London, Dreamweaver Engineering Manager, Macromedia
"Accessible and to the point, Dreamweaver in a Nutshell is an
indispensable reference and offers new insight into the tools you
thought you knew. If you use Dreamweaver, this is the one book you
should keep close at hand."
--Simon Allardice, Dreamweaver and UltraDev Instructor, Lynda.com
"Following the great tradition of the Nutshell series, Heather and
Bruce have done an impressive job. The book offers detailed coverage of
every Dreamweaver feature for novices, and it also acts as handy
reference for even the most advanced users."
--Massimo Foti, Dreamweaver and UltraDev Developer, massimocorner.com
By Heather Williamson & Bruce Epstein
ISBN 0-596-00239-4, 441 pages, $29.95 (US)