Review of Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 by Garrick Chow
I have been working on web sites for over five years. My first training was at a state university extension class. It was a great introduction but I quickly realized that web site design would require a lot more effort, a lot more books for me to read. Over time, I was amazed at how web site development has changed and for anyone not making a good effort at keeping current; your efforts will be out of date in a short time. Training needs to be done more quickly with our fast-pasted living and the web is changing way too fast to easily keep up. Finding the time to read books to keep up with these changes is a luxury for some. I thought I had almost every good book on Dreamweaver ever written until I found Adobe Dreamweaver CS3: Video Training Book. I had heard of Lynda. com training materials and some times enjoyed their free offerings in some of the web design magazines. When I found this book, I thought that a new dimension might be brought back, namely classroom instruction. I had really enjoyed the classroom instruction I received at the state college. The college instructor was top notch. I guess I was looking for the next college class to take. Well I found it in this “book”. The instruction is extremely well plotted out. The dialog is amazing in its clarity and precision. Even when I think a point is extraneous at a particular moment becomes obviously important a few seconds later. Someone spent a lot of time story boarding this tutorial out. The video follows nicely but at times a bit quickly so I had to rewind the movie some times to get the point being conveyed. I was amazed that with all the years reading how to work with web design and Dreamweaver, I had missed some basic techniques, actually made some minor mistakes in my web design. This approach to learning is simply wonderful for some of us. I cannot imagine who would not benefit greatly from this one on one teaching approach. I just wish there was more chapters to the “book”. I sincerely recommend this “book” and give it a maximum score.