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Getting started with Flex 3

Getting started with Flex 3 / Jack Herrington, O’Reilly, 2008

This book will help you develop Flash or RIA applications. It’s amazing how much useful info for a beginner programmer they can pack into a pocket sized book. 125 pages.

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Adobe Photoshop elements 6 maximum performance

Adobe Photoshop elements 6 maximum performance : unleash the hidden performance of elements / Mark Galer, Focal Press, 2008

Here is a great guide to Photoshop Elements, and claims that you can get the same professional quality results as if you used the full version of Photoshop. It has a DVD containing supporting images and movies.

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Flex 3 bible

book coverFlex 3 bible / David Gassner, Wiley, 2008

This book is about Adobe’s commercial IDE for creating Flex web apps. It would also be useful if you are using the open source Flex SDK, without the IDE. The book is huge at 1000 pages and very readable.

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Flash and PHP bible

book coverFlash and PHP bible / Matthew Keefe Wiley, 2008

If you want to code a decent web site, PHP and Flash are the tools that will get it done quickest (though perhaps not the most secure, maintainable, or performant). Here are 500 pages of tutorial and sample code to help you get it done.

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Adobe ColdFusion 8 Web application construction kit

book coverAdobe ColdFusion 8 Web application construction kit / Ben Forta, Peachpit Press, 2008

If you are using ColdFusion, this looks like a useful book.

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Dreamweaver CS3: the missing manual

Dreamweaver CS3: the missing manual / David Sawyer McFarland, Pogue Press/O’Reilly, 2007.

With 1000 pages of text, and small pictures of dialogs every second page or so, this book might be the best way to learn Dreamweaver. No code examples!  The book is not written by David Pogue, but his picture and bio are prominent on the back cover. The author deserves more credit for writing an excellent book.

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Enhancing a Dreamweaver CS3 web site with Flash Video

Enhancing a Dreamweaver CS3 web site with Flash Video / by David Karlins, Peachpit, 2008

Just 100 pages showing pictures of GUIs and telling where to click. You can add a video to your web site without understanding how it works (egads).

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Mastering CSS with Dreamweaver

Mastering CSS with Dreamweaver CS3 / Stephanie Sullivan and Greg Rewis,
New Riders, 2008

Just 350 pages and nicely designed, this book might be the quickest way to get good with Dreamweaver.

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The essential guide to Dreamweaver

book coverThe essential guide to Dreamweaver CS3 with CSS, Ajax, and PHP / David Powers, Friends of ED, 2007

Here is a good introduction to web app programming using Dreamweaver. 720 pages, mostly well written text, with a few pictures of dialogs. Not many code examples. Recommended.