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by pthurrott on 7/6/10


Microsoft today released a beta version of WebMatrix, a free tool for
"building, customizing and deploying websites in one common, straightforward
experience." WebMatrix targets developers of all skill sets, and can be
downloaded today at www.microsoft.com/web/webmatrix.

WebMatrix is a tool that includes the following:

  • Web server: IIS
    Developer Express
    is a lightweight server that helps developers build
    and test ASP.NET sites and applications and works
    with Visual Studio 2010, Visual Web Developer 2010 Express, and now WebMatrix.

  • Database: SQL
    Server Compact Edition 4
    is a free, embedded, database engine that
    enables easy database storage. It works with existing .NET-based data APIs and
    ASP.NET Web applications.

  • Programming Framework: ASP.NET
    provides developers a faster way to build standards-based websites with its
    syntaxes and built-in helpers, which both simplify the use of ASP.NET to perform increasingly complex and common
    tasks, such as connecting to a database, displaying a Twitter feed, or
    embedding a video.

For more info, check out Scott
Guthrie’s blog post
:

This tool is free, provides core coding and database support, integrates
with an open source web application gallery, and includes support to easily
publish/deploy sites and applications to web hosting providers.

WebMatrix is a 15MB download (50MB if you don’t have .NET 4 installed) and
is quick to install.

The 15MB download includes a lightweight development tool, IIS Express, SQL
Compact Edition, and a set of ASP.NET extensions that enable you to build
standalone ASP.NET Pages using the new Razor syntax, as well as a set of easy
to use database and HTML helpers for performing common web-tasks. 
WebMatrix can be installed side-by-side with Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Web
Developer 2010 Express.

Here’s a shot:

 
 

Things you can do from
here:

 
 
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