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Before we get started with this video series, I'd like to talk a little bit about how the course is designed and who it's designed for. Dreamweaver is primarily a design environment. It helps you build visually compelling web sites and integrate HTML and cascading style sheets together, but in addition, Dreamweaver can help you work with dynamic application servers, including Adobe's own ColdFusion, Microsoft's Active Server Pages, or ASP, and PHP the open-source application server that this course focuses on.
The course is designed for developers who already have some background with Dreamweaver and want to incorporate PHP and MySQL to develop data-driven web sites. For developers who are new to SQL and PHP, Dreamweaver can help you minimize the amount of required hand-coding and for those who do know PHP; Dreamweaver will help you with code hinting and syntax-checking capabilities. Before working through this course, you should already know how to create a simple web site in Dreamweaver that uses static HTML pages.
You should have a background with cascading style sheets, or CSS, that's used to define the appearance of a web page. You do not need to know how to code in PHP or SQL. All of the server-side code used in this course is either generated by Dreamweaver or is hand-coded with plenty of explanation of how it works. Before you take this course, if you're new to Dreamweaver, I recommend watching the appropriate introductory video series; Dreamweaver CS5 or Dreamweaver CS6 Essential Training, which you can find in the lynda.com online training library, and after you watch this course, if you're interested in learning more about PHP and MySQL, lynda.com has plenty of content on these subjects, including PHP with MySQL Essential Training, PHP with MySQL Beyond the Basics, and MySQL Essential Training.
These courses will help you take your server-side coding skills to the next level. Now let's move onto the course, Dreamweaver with PHP and MySQL.
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