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Dreamweaver CS4: Introduction to Spry

with James Williamson

Video: Welcome

Add AJAX-driven functionality to sites even without prior JavaScript experience.
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  1. 6m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Setting up Spry management
      4m 7s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 15s
  2. 25m 35s
    1. What is AJAX?
      3m 7s
    2. What is JavaScript?
      2m 39s
    3. What is XML?
      2m 39s
    4. Spry overview
      2m 55s
    5. Downloading the Spry framework
      3m 25s
    6. Using Adobe's online Spry documentation
      2m 20s
    7. Dreamweaver-Spry integration
      4m 10s
    8. Managing Spry assets
      4m 20s
  3. 36m 15s
    1. Understanding Spry effects
      2m 58s
    2. Adding Spry effects
      8m 41s
    3. Spry widget overview
      2m 55s
    4. Adding Spry widgets
      6m 21s
    5. Styling Spry widgets
      6m 37s
    6. Customized widget styling
      8m 43s
  4. 42m 8s
    1. Planning for drop-down menus
      3m 12s
    2. Examining the Spry menu bar widget
      5m 44s
    3. Inserting the Spry menu bar
      8m 0s
    4. Styling menu bar placement
      6m 3s
    5. Styling menu bar links
      9m 21s
    6. Coding for non-JavaScript enabled clients
      9m 48s
  5. 41m 51s
    1. Exploring form validation
      2m 58s
    2. Inserting text field validation widgets
      7m 22s
    3. Inserting password and confirmation validation widgets
      6m 49s
    4. Inserting a checkbox validation widget
      4m 50s
    5. Controlling basic validation widget styling
      7m 14s
    6. Understanding validation message functionality
      4m 1s
    7. Controlling validation message functionality
      8m 37s
  6. 53m 7s
    1. What is a Spry dataset?
      2m 44s
    2. Creating Spry datasets with Dreamweaver
      1m 48s
    3. Creating an XML dataset
      7m 23s
    4. Understanding HTML datasets
      6m 49s
    5. Styling master/detail regions
      11m 20s
    6. Using non-table HTML elements for data
      10m 32s
    7. Using Excel spreadsheets to build datasets
      8m 16s
    8. Hiding unloaded data references
      4m 15s
  7. 46m 57s
    1. Taking Spry beyond Dreamweaver
      3m 57s
    2. Writing XML
      8m 3s
    3. Coding widget structure
      7m 56s
    4. Constructing Spry datasets through code
      3m 53s
    5. Defining Spry regions and data references
      4m 58s
    6. Constructing Spry widgets through code
      5m 19s
    7. Controlling panel animation through CSS
      4m 52s
    8. Enhancing effects through CSS
      7m 59s
  8. 16s
    1. Goodbye

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Dreamweaver CS4: Introduction to Spry
Video duration: 0s 4h 13m Intermediate


Web designers with no prior JavaScript experience can now easily add AJAX-driven functionality to their sites. Adobe Certified Master Instructor James Williamson demonstrates how in Dreamweaver CS4: Introduction to Spry. This course covers the three main focuses of Spry: creating interactive effects, using widgets to shape the user experience, and populating pages with data. Exercise files accompany the course. A working knowledge of HTML and CSS is recommended for this course.

Topics include:
  • Validating form data to give users robust feedback
  • Customizing widgets to meet the style of a web site
  • Building a pull-down menu navigation system
  • Serving alternate content to users who do not have JavaScript enabled
  • Pulling data from XML, HTML, and Excel spreadsheets
  • Constructing datasets and widgets using code
Developer Web


(Music playing.) If you're a web designer who wants to add AJAX-driven functionality to your sites, but you've been held back due to lack of experience with JavaScript, then this title is for you. Welcome to Dreamweaver CS4 Introduction to Spry. I'm James Williamson, Adobe Certified Master Instructor and Director of Training for Lodestone Digital. In this title, we'll examine the three main focuses of Spry, creating amazing interactive Spry effects, using pre- built Spry widgets to create immersive user interface experiences and how to populate pages using Spry's robust data capabilities.

Along the way, we'll cover how to validate form data using Spry, allowing you to give your users detailed feedback as they fill out your forms. We'll also build pulldown menus using Spry and learn how to serve alternate content to users who do not have JavaScript enabled. As we work with Spry data, we'll explore the many different ways that Spry can collect and display data using it to pull in data from XML, HTML and even Excel spreadsheets on the fly. All this as they say and much more. Although you don't need to know JavaScript to complete this title, a comfortable working knowledge of HMTL and CSS is recommended. There are many fantastic titles on the Online Training Library on HTML and CSS. If you are new to web design, I recommend you start there before learning Spry. Okay, let's get started. [00:01:29.8]

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