The Dreamweaver Developer's Instant Troubleshooter

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Apress, Aug 7, 2003 - Computers - 320 pages
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The Dreamweaver Developer's Instant Troubleshooter focuses on the problems common to complex areas of Dreamweaver web development. This book also functions as a grounding and installation reference for additional technologies like PHP, ASP, MySQL, and CSS.

Inside the covers of this book, await top-notch solutions to your web development problems. Youll want to keep this tool by your side as you explore and create with Dreamweaver MX, because this complex tool sets possible traps for the unwary. Complexities include new features for building web sites with server-side scripting, standards-compliant code, advanced template features, and Cascading Style Sheets.

But this book will steer you away from possible Dreamweaver traps. Each chapter focuses on a particular area of Dreamweaver MX development, and examines likely questionsproviding complete solutions. Whether you're having problems with setting up IIS to test your ASP pages, or you have a CSS quandary that you just can't wrap your brain around, then this is the book for you!

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Rachel Andrew is a director of, a U.K.-based web solutions company, and is an experienced web developer. Rachel is a member of the Web Standards Project on the Dreamweaver Task Force, and hopes to encourage best practices in the support and use of W3C Standards in Dreamweaver. In addition to co-authoring several books, Rachel writes for various magazines and resource sites, both online and off. When not writing code or writing about writing code, Rachel spends time with her daughter, tries to encourage people to use Debian GNU/Linux, studies with the Open University, and enjoys a nice pint of beer.

Gareth Downes-Powell has been working in the computer industry for the last 12 years, primarily building and repairing PCs, and writing custom database applications. He branched out to the Internet 6 years ago and started creating web sites and applications. This is now his main area of expertise, and he specializes in writing custom PHP sites and applications, using MySQL back-end databases. Gareth is a partner in Buzz inet,, an Internet company specializing in business solutions, and offering professional web design and hosting services. Recently he started as a way of providing support for the whole Macromedia Dreamweaver MX community, and he regularly adds new tutorials and guides to this rapidly expanding site, as well as extensions such as the PHP Login Suite for Dreamweaver MX. Gareth writes popular PHP and MySQL tutorials at

Nancy Gill is the owner of Web Wish Productions, a web design business she founded in 1996 after being turned on to the Internet at a seminar designed to get customers interested in a mass mall. Web Wish Productions targets mostly small to mid-sized businesses and has worked with companies in fields from agriculture to entertainment and media. Currently, about 90 percent of the company's business consists of data-driven sites. After hand-coding in Notepad for nearly 3 years, Nancy discovered Macromedia and Dreamweaver in 1999 and never looked back. She became involved in the Macromedia forums in late 2000 and has been a member of Team Macromedia since December 2001. Nancy has also participated in a number of beta programs for Macromedia over the past year and is excited about the new MX line of products.

Kevin Marshall is a software developer at heart. He is a consultant to a number of companies and currently runs 50+ sites of his own—many of which are now happily taking advantage of ActiveRecord with the Ruby on Rails framework, including the popular As a technology writer, Kevin has published a short article, "Web Services with Rails," contributed a few recipes to the Ruby Cookbook, and contributed a number of articles to the Association of Computing Machinery's periodical, Computing Reviews (available online at

Kevin is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, and the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. When he's not deep into coding, building content, or talking football, he's generally off playing with his sons. To learn more about what he's up to right now, you can visit his company site,, or just drop him a note at

Drew McLellan has been involved in web design and development since 1996. Starting originally as a hand-coder, Drew quickly saw the great productivity benefits that could be brought by a visual editor with the arrival of Dreamweaver 1.2. Since then, Drew has been pushing the boundaries of Dreamweaver through its solid HTML-based methodology and powerful extensible architecture. With literally tens of thousands of his Dreamweaver extensions in use around the globe, Drew has established a firm seating within the center of the online Dreamweaver community and can be found on a daily basis teaching and aiding fellow developers in Macromedia's news forums. Drew also helps out at the Web Standards Project ( as a Dreamweaver expert, focusing on the issues surrounding web standards in Macromedia's flagship HTML editor. As a Team Macromedia volunteer, Drew is a committed Dreamweaver user and enjoys nothing more than being able to share his knowledge and experience of the product with fellow developers.

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