Book Review – Murach’s Dreamweaver CC 2014

Murach’s Dreamweaver CC 2014 examines all aspects of Dreamweaver Creative Cloud software in a comprehensive manner. The book has been authored by Zak Ruvalcaba and it consists of 17 chapters divided into 3 sections.

Chapter 1 provides a detailed introduction to web development with Dreamweaver. In this chapter, you will learn the components to build a web application with the help of diagrams. The author has examined the difference between static and dynamic web pages with pictures. In Page 15, you will find a screenshot of the Dreamweaver CC IDE followed by a detailed tour of the interface.

Chapter 2 provides a basic introduction to HTML5 and CSS3. The next chapter enables you to build a website with Dreamweaver. You will learn the use of Property Inspector, Insert Panel, CSS Designer and Element Live Display. You will also learn the steps required to create an external style sheet and web page validation.

Murach's Dreamweaver CC 2014

Chapter 4 helps you to learn the use of text, images and links with Dreamweaver CC. The author examines the creation of test, image, email, phone and Skype links in addition to creation of placeholders. You will also learn the technique with which you can check and change links site wide.

The last two chapters of section 1 examine the usage of CSS to format text, page layout, borders and backgrounds. You will learn how to specify measurements and colors using Dreamweaver CC in addition to working of Adobe Edge Web Fonts, local web fonts and custom font stacks. The author has also provided detailed coverage of the four ways to position an element in addition to usage of absolute and fixed positioning.

Chapters 7, 8 and 9 of Murach’s Dreamweaver CC 2014 provide examines the use of media queries to create a responsive design, fluid layouts, templates and library items. In this section, you will also learn the steps required to add audio, video, animations, tables using Dreamweaver CC.

Chapter 12 provides a comprehensive coverage of the use of advanced tools such as snippets, Assets panel, find and replace, element quick view and History panel. The author has provided a list of built-in commands in addition to creation of custom commands and setting of keyboard shortcuts.

The final chapter examines the various aspects involved with deploying a website in addition to team collaboration. In Page 418 of Murach’s Dreamweaver CC 2014, you will learn the steps required to export, import and duplicate a site. The author provides a brief coverage of how to display design note values in the files panel.

The author has devoted section 3 completely for the creation of interactive and responsive web pages. Chapter 14 examines the usage of forms and its associated controls using Dreamweaver CC such as text fields, buttons, radio buttons, text areas, labels and file upload. In Page 459, you will see a sample web page with form controls.

Each chapter includes comprehensive coverage of each concept followed by screenshots, source code and bulleted description in addition to sample apps in few chapters. From my point of view, this unique style enables readers to learn practically.

Chapter 15 covers the use of Dreamweaver and CSS transitions. You will learn the usage of common behaviors such as Popup Message, Swap Image, Show-Hide Elements, Go To URL, Set Text, Validate Form and Check Plugin. In Page 518, you will learn the creation of a transition in Dreamweaver.

Chapter 16 provides a detailed coverage of jQuery and jQuery UI. The author has provided brief explanation of various jQuery widgets such as Accordion, Tabs, Datepicker, Button, Dialog, Autocomplete in addition to usage of plugins. You will learn the creation of a small jQuery plugin with source code in Page 548.

You can download sample chapter and corresponding source codes from Murach website. You can also request a specially prepared Instructor CD, which contain slides and questions.

The last chapter of Murach’s Dreamweaver CC 2014 examines the various aspects involved with jQuery mobile with the help of a sample mobile website. Murach’s Dreamweaver CC 2014 includes one appendix which helps you to install Dreamweaver CC in both Windows and Mac OS X platforms.

Murach’s Dreamweaver CC 2014 is a detailed and comprehensive book for those web developers who make use of Dreamweaver CC 2014 to build websites.

Murach's Dreamweaver CC 2014 Book Cover Murach's Dreamweaver CC 2014
Web Development
Zak Ruvalcaba
Beginner, Intermediate
Murach Publishing
August 29, 2014

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