Fresh from technical services and cataloged with a location of "resource center office" are three new Dreamwevar CS3 books. These lovely and colorful tomes arrived in my office accompanied by high hopes; I will be able to use them as reference while working on the library web page.
- Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual
by, David Sawyer McFarland
- Adobe Dreamweaver CS3: Hands-on Training
by, Garrick Chow
- Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques
by David Karlins
100 Essential Techniques is a very nice Dreamweaver overview with tips, tools, well-placed screenshots, and simple language. What intrigues me right now are Spry Menu Widget options, technique #79: Inserting a Spry Menu Bar Widget (p. 240), #80 Formatting Spry Menu Bar Widgets (p. 241), and #78 Inserting Tabbed Panels (p. 238). My first endeavor with tabbed panels caused me to move further into the resource books and search through the H*O*T Hands-on Training title. There is a bit more information on the process located within this text; the language remains relatively simple and the screenshots and white space well placed within each page. However, much of this particular book relies on it's accompanying exercise files and videos. All great options, but a bit involved. Chapter 20: Using Spry Tools, includes definitions of what Spry items are (p. 449) and a great notes section on Spry Widgets (p. 465), but at first glance deals more with forms.The Missing Manual has an entire chapter, Chapter 12 (p. 457) devoted to Spry. This book is a bit more text heavy and vocabulary for a more advanced Dreamweaver user, but employs well-placed screenshots (obviously important to me, I'm a very visual learner). The chapter is extensive, well explained, and delves into XML and data sets that are beyond my needs right now.
I will probably need to pick and choose from all three of these books to find what I need. Conversely I can rely solely on my basic skills and create something a bit less dynamic without much fuss. But that is like knowing my car can go 125 mph and never seeing what it can do.