- Release Date: 10 September, 2003
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Authors: Greg Holden, William R. Stanek
Customer Rating: 4 of 5 (4 total reviews)
I spent an hour in the bookstore looking for a good book to get me started on FrontPage. For me it was a choice of the best book for the money and $50 seemed way too much to spend on a book plus I didn't think I need a huge book.
There are more than a few $20-25 FrontPage books trust me. The choice to get this book came down to the fact it is the best book. In 350 pages it covers everything I am ever going to do on FrontPage and then some. I liked the cut to the chase approach. Chapter 1 was excellent to get me up to speed on all the technologies adn features needed. Chapters 4-9 is where I've spent the most time. I read each chapter, then used the examples to create my site.
Nothing but praise for this excellent book. I have shared it with several colleagues who set up sites as well.
- Excellent...does what I expected
As a recent DreamWeaver to FrontPage switcher, this book has been invaluable to me. Even with the easy Windows GUI and 2 years of design experience I found this book to be a great read and reference.
I expected this book to target the end-user and designers and in that respect it met my expectations. Faster Smart FrontPage 2003 is exactly what it claims to be: a faster smarter way to learn FrontPage 2003. I was pleasantly surprised when I found the authors emphasized sound design and put in many under-the-hood details. Those little details make all the difference.
It is filled with a ton of *good* info ranging from very basic to fairly in-depth. The material is well-organized and well-laid out, making it easy to read, easy to use.
This is a great book whether you're relatively new to FrontPage or have some experience. If you have already know FrontPage 2003 or have many years of advanced experience, you'll probably want to use this book only as a quick reference for how to get something done. If you are looking for an expert book this isn't it.
Having switched to FrontPage 2003 I was left wondering exactly how to do things. FrontPage is easy to use but there are a lot of times when you need help and this book is a big help. The writing style is both thorough and concise and does a good job of bridging the gap between complete novice and intermediate user needs. Last, the book is very current when it comes to design and does a good job of steering you around design pitfalls.
- Maybe Faster But Not Smarter
This book would almost certainly have to be a disappointment for anyone. If you are just starting to work with websites this book will give you just enough info to get you in trouble and lost; if you are experienced it will completely disappoint.
Since the book is by Microsoft Press, it shouldn't be a surprise that it promotes every possible Microsoft service to combine with this FrontPage 2003 product.
While the book does a nice job of quickly and concisely presenting the how-to of simple processes - that's all it does. Even when it warns that there can be problems, it doesn't say anything about solving the problems - and it usually seems to assume there just couldn't be much of a problem because you must be using all new Microsoft products and be on Microsoft servers - preferably through their own facilities.
I purchased the book with a lot of web experience and as a user of Macromedia Dreamweaver thinking I might find some of the new FrontPage 2003 features usable and move some of my work to it. While a couple of pages mention ASP (Active Server Pages) it is very brief. Working with existing sites and content is not mentioned; techniques used with ASP are not mentioned; no specifics of any kind are mentioned with respect to how FrontPage 2003 works or what type of code it generates. This book would have you believe you just go through the simple menu items and everything else magically happens - no underlying code or processes that could either go wrong or that you might want to change or be aware of. Even the much touted integration with data access and XML is only mentioned briefly - offering no idea how or if it can be utilized on anything other than a SharePoint Server.
If you are only a rank beginner and plan to work only on Microsoft servers and do a simple site and follow the templates and use all Microsoft products and are fortunate enough not to have any sort of problems with anything - this book might help you get off to a nice start. If you don't understand something or encounter a problem, you will need to look elsewhere for assistance. If, for some strange reason, you want to understand how anything works and what processes are generated or want to integrate features from ASP or do anything that isn't automatic with FrontPage - this isn't the book for you.