Hello everyone, (my first posting)
I'm a long-time mac user who has just picked up Dreamweaver 8. I've read some
of the manual and played around with the app, but that gets boring fast. So I'd
like some suggestions for training alternatives, however brief. I've looked at
the following things, but if someone could offer some brief input about which
of the following directions would be best, I'd appreciate it. My only "web
development" experience to date is my use of Moodle, an open-source course
management package that we use at my school.
First item: There are the self-paced courses offered by the "Macromedia
University". For a flat fee you get a year's worth of those. According to the
FAQs, tho, it seems like I'd have to switch from Firefox/Safari to Netscape to
work with those, and I'm not sure, as a mac user, how much how many of those
courses would actually provide me with. There are a few mac-specific courses,
but overall there are only about 8 dreamweaver-specific courses. maybe not such
a good deal for $99...?
Then there are a couple books offered for sale on the macromedia site, one
with some lessons on an accompanying CD. That one is "Macromedia Dreamweaver 8:
Training form the Source" ($34). The other is "Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 for
Windows and Mac: Visual Quick Start Guide" ($17).
I've also looked at a few of the free online seminars (again, on the
macromedia site), but those don't seem to be directed to a total beginner like
myself. Perhaps I just haven't found the right ones..., but I think they're
directed at experienced users.
Finally, I'm located in Japan, and while I'd really like to pursue this in
English, there are some places around town that offer training/instruction in
web design (dreamweaver is probably available, but I'd have to check). Working
thru it in Japanese would help my language skills, but that would take more
time than it would otherwise. So because of my location, books or online
instruction would seem best.
Any views on the above or alternatives to them would be appreciated.