WebMatrix Launch–Today at CodeMash

CodeMashSmall.. simple.. and seamless.  Those have been the primary messages since WebMatrix was announced back in July, and after six months and three beta releases, WebMatrix goes live today!  The launch event – Enter the WebMatrix - will be streamed from CodeMash at 12:30 ET beginning with an hour-long keynote and followed by three hours of live sessions and short deep-dive demo videos!

WebMatrix is a perfect name for this development tool – a suite actually – since it incorporates multiple technologies – all FREE – into a integrated whole.  I touched on WebMatrix back in WebMatrix StackSeptember in conjunction with Windows Azure DataMarket and PHP, but as a quick review here’s what WebMatrix comprises:

  • an IDE – supporting the new ASP.NET Web Pages framework with Razor syntax as well as PHP,
  • IIS Express – a lightweight web server; that’s lightweight in terms of installation profile and no requirement for administrative access, but with a full web server feature set (URL rewrite, SSL, IIS 7 modules, etc.)
  • SQL Sever Compact Edition – a free, embedded, file-based database engine (that’s right, no server installation required!)
  • Web Gallery integration – the Microsoft Web App Gallery hosts a slew of Open Source offerings: CMSes like WordPress and Drupal; blog platforms like Subtext and BlogEngine .NET; photo galleries like Mayando and Gallery, and more.  All of these can be easily subsumed, configured, extended, and published to a hosting provider without leaving the WebMatrix IDE!

Be sure to tune in today at 12:30 and learn more about the quickest way to the web!

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