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Book Review: MSCD Designing & Implementing Web Sites Using Microsoft FrontPage 98

Reviewed by John S. Krill NOCCC winassist@techie.com

This book is intended for those who want to take the Microsoft Frontpage 98 certification exam 70-055. Passing the exam qualifies you as a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP.) You also earn credit toward MCP+SB (Site Builder.) The book is intended as a training manual but also makes a good reference guide.

Microsoft Frontpage includes server extensions that make it easy to perform many aspects of web development. So before you can use the book you must make sure you have installed the Frontpage extensions. It is also assumed that you are an experienced Frontpage 98 user. This book is intended for someone with experience with Frontpage 98.

Almost all the books that train towards some type of computer technology certification are similar in there approach. Each chapter covers a particular section of the certification exam. At the end of each chapter are review questions with answers. There is also small Study Breaks where you perform actual tasks in Frontpage 98 and that are simulated in the Microsoft exam. Also included is a CD with additional test material.

Microsoft puts emphasis on the corporate environment with its exams. Because the book is designed to get you to pass the exam emphasis is place on subjects that are in the exam and less on other areas of Frontpage 98. Therefore subjects such as web site evaluation (both technical and business,) site development and maintenance are covered. Less attention is given to site design (look and feel.) Designing input forms, using proper fields within forms is covered as well as saving the data form a form for later use in a database is covered.

The author of this book has a web site where additional resources are available. I recommend you visit the site. The address is: http://www.ppinet.com/FrontPage.htm.

I should note that I have Frontpage 2000 installed and I still found the book very helpful. When I started studying for the exam this was the only book available for Frontpage 98. Now there are others available. There was no book available for Frontpage 2000. Also in August, 2000, Microsoft had not listed any exam for Frontpage 2000. To check on available Microsoft exams visit http://www.microsoft.com/train_cert.

Using all the resources provided by the book, CD, and the web site, you should be able to pass the exam.

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MSCD Designing & Implementing Web Sites Using Microsoft FrontPage 98
By David Karins
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Price: $49.99 U.S.
ISBN: 0-13-014117-8