Microsoft to launch Webmatrix Web-development tools this week

Microsoft to launch Webmatrix Web-development tools this week

Summary: Microsoft is planning to launch its WebMatrix Web-development tool bundle this week at the CodeMash event, according to multiple tweets. Microsoft's ISV Developer Community site confirmed the planned January 13 launch.

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Microsoft is planning to launch its WebMatrix Web-development tool bundle this week at the CodeMash event, according to multiple tweets.

Microsoft's ISV Developer Community site confirmed the January 13 launch will happen at CodeMash in Sandusky, Ohio.

WebMatrix is Microsoft's newest Web development tool for creating new Web sites. Developers can use templates (provided by Microsoft or pre-built) or "any of the free popular open source ASP.NET or PHP web applications, such as WordPress, Joomla!, DotNetNuke or Umbraco, located in the online (Microsoft) Web Applications Gallery," according to the Microsoft Developer site.

Microsoft launched the first WebMatrix beta in July 2010.

WebMatrix is a bundle of a lightweight version of Microsoft’s IIS Web Server, known as IIS Express; an updated version of SQL Server Compact Edition; and a new “view-engine option” for ASP.Net, known as “Razor,” which enables developers to embed Visual Basic or C# within HTML.

The goal of WebMatrix, according to its developers, is “to make it really easy to get started with web development.” The new tool “minimizes the number of concepts someone needs to learn in order to get simple things done, and includes and integrates all of the pieces necessary to quickly build Web sites,” Microsoft officials have said.

Topics: CXO, Browser, Microsoft, Software Development

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  • ROFL

    Good one MS. An encumbered LAMP stack. Sure to reverse IIS declining market share;-)
    Richard Flude
    • RE: Microsoft to launch Webmatrix Web-development tools this week

      @Richard Flude

      MS has the best development environment and this extends it and sorry IIS is holding up real well ;-)
      tonymcs@...
  • RE: Microsoft to launch Webmatrix Web-development tools this week

    Web'matrix' how clever.....wow.

    Lame!
    james347
  • RE: Microsoft to launch Webmatrix Web-development tools this week

    MJ: Just for the sake of clarity, Razor doesn't allow one to embed C# or VB into HTML - it just allows one to use C# and VB to dynamically generate HTML content but with a lot less syntactic overhead than ASP.NET or PHP.
    bitcrazed
  • another FLOP

    nothing new here folks, move on!
    Linux Geek
  • WebMatrix--titillating name

    When I read "WebMatrix," I think Webmistress + dominatrix.
    paul613
    • RE: Microsoft to launch Webmatrix Web-development tools this week

      LOL. Come to think of it, the web has come to dominate our lives a bit.
      gooberchild78
  • Web Matrix is now years old...

    ... don't know why the fuss about its name...
    Roque Mocan
  • RE: Microsoft to launch Webmatrix Web-development tools this week

    Will it support non-Microsoft web browsers? There are too many unusable sites (by Firefox, et al) out there already.
    donden@...
    • RE: Microsoft to launch Webmatrix Web-development tools this week

      Webmatrix uses ASP.NET MVC and therefore it will only spit out the markup that the user puts in. Although Razor provides a means to write markup more elegantly its still the user/developer that controls what gets sent to the browser - this in contrast with ASP.NET Web Forms where you substantially have to trust the controls you use to produce "sensible" markup. (For what its worth, the cross browser support in forms has been improving steadily since V2.0 and fundamentally there's no reason why a contemporary app shouldn't behave nicely.)
      MurphHJS
  • RE: Microsoft to launch Webmatrix Web-development tools this week

    see for yourself...the launch keynote is streamed at web.ms/enter later this morning...<br><br>small correction to @murphhjs -- it doesn't use MVC, it's just inline coding. And Razor >> PHP
    lmoroney