If youre looking for an inclusive guide to web development on the Mac platform, then this is the book for you. Foundation Mac OS X Web Development aims to teach all the essentials of developing dynamic websites in OS X in a linear style. This book is not for hardcore developers, but rather for those new to the OS or the Mac, and looking for a primer on website development. This is ideal for web development professionals who are exploring development on the Mac for the first time, developers who have worked with previous versions of Mac OS, and Mac-loyal designers expanding from print into web design.
The book is divided into three sections to make the transition as smooth and friendly as possible: an introduction to the OS X environment and its capabilities; design issues and static web page development with XHTML and CSS; and dynamic web page development using databases and server-side languages.
Learn how to add dynamic content to pages using Perl and PHP, and how to drive your site content using the popular free database MySQL. As a Mac OS X user you already have Apache, the powerful UNIX-based web server, at your fingertips and youll become skilled at its configuration and maintenance elements. Using Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 and a bit of hand-coding, youll also learn how to ensure your site looks good on the Windows platform, as well as in older browsers and PDA devices.