WebMatrix Start Building Better Websites

Since the launch of the Microsoft Web Platform Installer there have been almost 2 million downloads of the 5 most popular applications. This made me curious to find out a bit more about what applications modern web developers are using to build for the web. This afternoon I tried my hand at installing and testing…


MSDN Unplugged – The Unnamed Package of Web Love

I previously posted the links to all the demos that I gave during my unplugged talk around New Zealand last week. As promised I will now post the videos and walk trough for the rest of the content. Below is the PowerPoint presentation and demo script that I followed to step through the MVC3 Fundamentals…


The Orchard Project – Planting a Few Seeds

Orchard is a free, open source, community-focused project aimed at delivering applications and reusable components on the ASP.NET platform. The broad vision of the orchard project is to grow the ASP.NET open source community and partner with existing application authors to help them achieve their goal. The intended output of the Orchard project is three-fold:…


KENTiCO and WebsiteSpark in New Zealand

I have been noticing an increase in the number of new ASP.NET web sites in New Zealand that have been built using Kentico. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET is a full-featured content management system for building web sites, on-line stores, intranets and Web 2.0 social networks. I have also noticed that Kentico is currently the 2nd…


Announcing Microsoft WebsiteSpark

WebsiteSpark is designed for independent web developers and web development companies that build web applications and web sites on behalf of others.  It enables you to get software, support and business resources from Microsoft at no cost for three years, and enables you to expand your business and build great web solutions using ASP.NET, Silverlight,…


Update on Silverstripe and the WebPI

In March I wrote about SilverStripe and the work that we had done with them to add them to the Microsoft Web Platform Installer. This month PC World has picked up the story and published this one pager (the article isn’t online yet but may turn up on PC World’s website later this month). At…


SilverStripe = FREE, the MIX09 Keynote

The more time I spend with the Web community in New Zealand, the more time I also spend with people and companies utilising the open source business model. That might sound like an oxymoron to some but my experience is that developers generally open source their software to obtain reach and build lucrative service contracts….