Ten Ton Dreamweaver
By Author: Geoff Blake
Ten Ton Dreamweaver was a fun book to read.
It is also very informative to someone that is just getting to know Dreamweaver. I wish I had read it before I started to redo a site while new to Dreamweaver.
Geoff Blake mixes enough caffeine into Ten Ton Dreamweaver to make learning how to use Dreamweaver exciting.
Blake even includes a couple of coffee recipes in case your a bit low on your daily caffeine.
There is a good portion of the book on working with CSS and Dreamweaver layers.
Geoff Blake points out that Dreamweaver layers are also just a form of CSS, which to me was an important point to know.
Ten Ton Dreamweaver starts with teaching you the Dreamweaver interface (important because it is more complex than FrontPage).
You are then guided through creating a site from scratch, working with the text, and defining styles with CSS. As I am just getting started with Making Web pages, the two chapters on CSS (one on layers and one on "regular" CSS) were a real help to understanding how to use CSS in Dreamweaver. Geoff Blake does a great job of showing you how to save time later on by using CSS to make changes to a Website. Ten Ton Dreamweaver will show you how to use templates to save even more time and keep your site looking the same if you have others that make changes to it.
Geoff Blake’s Seven Deadly Sins of Web Design are a real good set of rules to follow.
Maybe he should have put them earlier in the book instead of chapter 3. Breaking the Seven Deadly Sins of Web Design won’t send you to hell, but by not breaking them it could make your life a bit more like paradise.
Ten Ton Dreamweaver was entertaining and informative.
While the book is based on Dreamweaver 8 and I have only MX, I found it very helpful. I would recommend this book to anyone that is just starting with Dreamweaver because it will teach you how to use Dreamweaver in a very entertaining way. If you already are familiar with Dreamweaver, I would still recommend it because it will teach you a couple really good recipes for coffee.