CassieRae made my day

by cdwise 29. July 2008 05:36

I've recently had to make a couple of changes to some of the tutorials we offer here on by-expression.com because of bandwidth overage charges and I have to admit that I was wondering if it was worth the time and expense to create and make them available since there hasn't been much feedback on them.

Today I was skimming though the official Microsoft forums for Expression Web and came across a post by CassieRae that made my day. So I just wanted to say thank you back to CassieRae.

Now I'll take a moment to answer CassieRae's question on how applicable my Expression Web book is to the new version of Expression Web released a year after my book.

First, there are three types of new features in Expression Web 2 that were not in the original Expression Web.

  1. Insert media  - this lets you insert Flash, Silverlight and Windows Media on your web pages created in Expression Web without having to write code or use swfobject (the most frequently recommended method of inserting Flash that works in IE without triggering the 'click to activate' message.)
  2. Insert picture > Adobe Photoshop - lets you bring in psd images with layers from Photoshop. I will admit that I have not actually tried this new feature because my web images are all created as layered pngs in Fireworks. When I get Photoshop files from clients I bring them into Fireworks to prepare and optimize for the web.
  3. Support for PHP - In the original version of Expression Web there was no support for PHP and what I consider to be a nasty bug actively caused problems with PHP includes and other PHP pages causing Greek characters to appear on the page. Not only has Expression Web version two solved the BOM - PHP issue but it has added support for inserting some of the most commonly used PHP script elements. It also allows you to preview your PHP pages in the Cassini web server that ships with Expression Web simply by installing PHP on your computer without the need to install and configure IIS or Apache. See Introducing PHP Support in Expression Web 2 for more details.

When I have a chance I'll add some content on each of the above topics to the secure portion of the book's website (don't forget to get the updated chapter 3 files if you have the first printing, and the credentials for accessing the secure section are printed in the book.)

The bugs discussed in the book that were resolved are the BOM and FTP userid/password issues. Though there is an issue with Expression Web and FTP with IIS 7 running on Windows Server 2008. When you go to publish via FPT on IIS 7 your user name will have a | in it and Expression Web sees that as an illegal character.

I'll add more info as I get a chance either here or on the book site.

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jmuir
jmuir
7/29/2008 2:58:11 PM #

Just Wow Cheryl!  I have never featured in a blog before, only my own! Wink)

I am really surprised.

CassieRae

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