The Forrest Gump guide to the new WebMatrix.

added by mbcrump
7/7/2010 10:19:21 AM


What is WebMatrix? WebMatrix gives you everything that you need to build Web sites using Windows. You download a small installer and then you can select which tools to install. I already have Expression Blend 4 and VS2010 Pro, so I’m only going to take WebMatrix and a DB (MSSQL SRV 08 R2 Express and leave defaults for everything else). Tell me the truth who is it for? This depends on your skill set, its definitely for people that want to start a small web site that has little experience or none with development. I would say that if you are familiar with IIS, VS, ASP.NET, SQL 08 R2 then you may want to pass. If you are not familiar with those terms then Microsoft made your life much much easier. Did Microsoft get it right? This time I must say “Job well done”. The main reasons are listed below: 1. Starts you out with Open-Source Software (like DotNetNuke) 2. Database made simple, if you don’t know what a relational database is then they have you covered. 3. Site Publishing that is just a few clicks from deployment. 4. A workspace that helps you focus on different areas of your WebSite. 5. Lots of videos, code samples (if you even want to get into code) are already available to download.