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Web Tool Overview: DreamWeaver, Flash, Photoshop, ASP, ColdFusion
Overview

This course will provide a 1 day overview of each of the following modules: Dreamweaver MX, Flash, PhotoShop, .ASP, and ColdFusion. Each of these topics can be explored in greater depth

Prerequisites:

  • Comfortable using the Internet
Follow-Ups:

  • Introduction to Macromedia Dreamweaver
  • Introduction to JavaScript for New Programmers
  • Introduction to ColdFusion MX 7 for New Programmers
  • Introduction to Microsoft ASP for New Programmers
  • Introduction to PHP
  • Fundamentals of JavaServer Pages
Course duration

5 Days

Course outline

Overview
  • What’s New to Dreamweaver MX 2004?
  • What is Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)?
  • Why are Web documents published in HTML?
  • The Basic Structure of HTML Documents
  • Introduction to Our Case Study
  • Exercise 0: Downloading and Installing the Files for Class
  • The Dreamweaver MX Interface
  • Module Objectives
  • Panels and Panel Groups in Dreamweaver MX 2004
  • Beginning a new Document in Dreamweaver MX
  • Changing the Page’s Title
  • Adding & Formatting Text
  • Inline Styles
  • Block-level Styles
  • Lists
  • Horizontal Rules
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Module Review
Images, Colors, and Backgrounds
  • Module Objectives
  • Working with Images
  • Web Safe Color
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Module Review
Adding Links
  • Module Objectives
  • The three types of links: http, file, and mailto:
  • Adding Hyperlinks in Dreamweaver MX
  • Adding Email Links
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Module Review
Tables for Data
  • Inserting a Table in Dreamweaver MX
  • “Expanded View”
  • Resizing Table Cells
  • Adding Rows and Columns
  • Joining and Splitting Table Cells
  • Cellpadding, Cellspacing, and Border
  • Importing Table Data
  • Using Dreamweaver MX’s Preformatted Tables
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Module Review
Working with Forms Tables for Page Layout
  • Module Objectives
  • Creating Tables for Page Layout
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Module Review
Module Objectives
  • How form elements work
  • What Form Elements Can I Choose From?
  • Inserting Form Elements
  • Testing Your Knowledge
  • Module Review
Designing Dynamic Elements

What is JavaScript?
  • Which browsers support JavaScript?
  • Dreamweaver MX: Behaviors, Events and Actions
  • Form Validation
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Module Review
Dynamic Rollover Buttons
  • Module Objectives
  • Test your Knowledge
  • Module Review
Site Management
  • Module Objectives
  • The Site Files Window
  • Mapping your site
  • Expanding Site Files Window
  • Checking your links
  • Connecting directly to a server via FTP
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Module Review
II. Introduction to Photoshop and Graphic Design for the Web

Design for Aesthetics and Functionality
  • Graphic File Formats for the Web
  • Image Compression for the Web
  • < File > Save vs. Save for Web
Site Design
  • Metaphors
  • Branding
  • Basics of Web Design: Color
  • Techniques to choosing a unique palette
  • Color Theory
  • RGB Color Space
  • Bit Depth
  • Adding Color Swatches to the Palette
  • Creating a Stored Color Table
Design Basics: Page Layout
  • Design Theory
  • Other Variables: Monitor size and Resolution
  • Image Size Example
  • Page Dimensions
Photoshop Basics
  • Photoshop Overview
  • History Palette
  • Layers
  • Creating an Image
  • Selecting Parts of an Image
  • Drawing/Editing Tools
Adding the illusion of a 3rd dimension
  • Perspective
  • Photoshop Layer Styles & Effects
Slicing

Naming Slices, Empty Table Cells, Transparency, & Backgrounds
  • Empty Table Data Cells
  • Setting Background Color or Image
Aliasing and Anti-Aliasing, Vector Graphics and Raster Graphics
  • Vector Graphics versus Raster Graphics
  • Anti-aliasing
  • Setting a Matte
  • Why Use Transparency?
III. Introduction to Flash MX 2004

Overview
  • Introduction to Our Case Study
  • Flash Workspace
  • The Stage, Timeline, Toolbars, and Panels
  • Panels
  • Document Properties
  • Layers
  • Rulers, Grids, Guides, and Snapping
  • Drawing Tools – Paths and Fills
Using Solid Color and Gradient Fills
  • Creating a Gradient
  • Adjusting a Color’s Alpha Transparency
  • Adjusting Gradients
Working with Text

Using Layers

Importing Colors and Graphics
  • Saving and Importing Colors
  • Importing Artwork
  • Adding Scenes
The Library and Symbols

Timelines and Animation

Motion Tweening

Publishing/Exporting the Flash Movie
  • Exporting
  • Publishing
IV. Active Server Pages: A Web Server-Side Technology

Client-Side vs. Server-Side Web Technologies

The Web's Client-Server Relationship
  • Which Web Servers Support Active Server Pages?
  • Writing ASP Pages
  • ASP Code In An HTML Context
  • ASP Code Is “Language Neutral”
  • VBScript Statements to Execute in ASP
  • Enclosing Scripting Code within your ASPs
  • Strings in VBScript
  • An Abbreviation for Response.Write
  • Developing ASPs in This Class
  • ASP Directives, Statements, Expression and Comments
  • VBScript Flexibility and Good Programming Practices
Processing Data from Online Forms
  • The FORM Tag and Its Attributes
  • ASP Objects
  • The Request and Response Objects
  • Scalar Variables in ASP
Conditional Constructs with “If”
  • Comparison Operators in VBScript
  • Adding an Else Clause
  • Adding One or More ElseIf Clauses
Working with Cookies

Maintaining State with the Session and Application Objects
  • The Session Object
  • Storing and Retrieving Values Using the Session Object
  • Session Properties and Methods
The Application Object

Working With Components

Sending Email with CDONTS

V. Introduction to ColdFusion Accessing the Date and Time in ColdFusion
  • Date Functions in ColdFusion
  • Time Functions in ColdFusion
  • Date Formats in ColdFusion
  • Time Formats in ColdFusion
Working with Variables in ColdFusion
  • Setting Variables with
  • Displaying the Value a Variable Contains with
  • Passing Variables Between Pages in ColdFusion
  • Passing Variables Via Links (URLs)
  • Passing Variables Via Forms
  • Building Forms with ColdFusion Studio
  • Creating Form Elements
Distinguishing Among Variable Types in ColdFusion Conditionals in ColdFusion
  • and Conditionals
  • ColdFusion Conditional Operators
  • Using and to Perform Form Validation
  • and Form Validation
  • Adding One or More Blocks to a Conditional
Database Concepts
  • The Databases Used in this Class
  • An Introduction to SQL
  • Issuing Database Commands with SQL
  • Retrieving Information with SELECT
  • Inserting a Row in a Table with INSERT
  • Editing Records with UPDATE
  • Delete Records with DELETE
  • SQL Syntax
  • Querying a Database in ColdFusion
  • The Tag
  • The Tag and its query Attribute
  • Distinguishing Query Variables From Other ColdFusion Variables
  • Counting the Number of Records Returned from a Query with
  • queryname.recordcount
Displaying Multiple Records Returned by a Query in HTML Table Format
  • Creating HTML Tables Manually
  • Creating HTML Tables with the Tag
Dynamically Populating Select Lists

Implementing Basic Data Drill-Downs

Inserting Records into the Database

  • Inserting a Record into a Database Table with ColdFusion
  • Inserting a Work of Art into the Artworks Table
  • Using Hidden Fields to Pass Data in a Form Submission
The <cfinsert> Tag

Form Validation

Server-side Form Validation

Editing Records in the Database
  • Editing Records with UPDATE
  • Building an Editing Application to Edit Works of Art
  • Using the < input> Tag’s value Attribute to Show Database Values
  • The UPDATE Page
  • The <cfupdate> Tag
  • Using the <cflocation> Tag to Redirect Users
  • The <cflocation> Tag
  • The isdefined() Function
Deleting Records from the Database
  • Removing Records from a Database with the SQL DELETE Statement
  • Deleting Works of Art from our Database
  • Generating Email Messages with the <cfmail> Tag

 
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