Book Review:
Dreamweaver MX, The Missing Manual

by David Sawyer McFarland. 750 pp. Pogue Press/O’Reilly, 2002 $34.95

Dreamweaver MX, The Missing Manual is about as complete a primer on the latest version of Macromedia’s web design software as one could want.

The wealth of information is laid out in a logical and easy-to-read fashion that leads one through all the necessary steps for building an effectively working web page. As a matter of fact, it is so thorough in doing this that moving one’s site to the Internet isn’t discussed until page 477.

The text alternates between tutorials which are very detailed with clear step-by-step instructions and a more general discussion of the software which gives tips, clever insights, and points out some of Dreamweaver’s limitations while referring to earlier chapters or upcoming information. This structure is easy to navigate so that one can keep in view all one is trying learn.

I have a certain amount of experience with Dreamweaver and for the foreseeable future, this book contains all that I will need, especially the last third of the book which covers aspects of web design that are completely new to me. My only quibbles are that the index could be a bit fatter while the outer margins could be a bit thinner. But all in all, the book is a valuable resource.

– John Maas

Copyright ©2003 by John Maas. This article appeared in the April 2003 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.