Creating web pages using WebMatrix – Intro


If you are a student with developer aspirations, passion for the newest technology, who enjoys taking new challenges and wants to engage with innovative technology “first hand” – whilst furthering his/her skillset – then you’ve come to the right place!

This series of posts has been specially designed for people like you; it offers a unique opportunity to take part in an adventure that will introduce you to the fascinating world of WebMatrix, and let you see for yourself that creating web pages on this platform is both challenging and fun!  

Throughout the course of this blog you will be introduced to the key aspects of technology behind WebMatrix, equipped with the state-of-the-art developer tools, and guided step by step on the journey to quickly get started with developing fab web pages.

What Is It?
WebMatrix is everything you need to build Web
sites using Windows. It includes IIS Developer Express (a development
Web server), ASP.NET (a Web framework), and SQL Server Compact (an
embedded database). It streamlines Web site development and makes it
easy to start Web sites from popular open-source apps. The skills and
code you develop with WebMatrix transition seamlessly to Visual Studio
and SQL Server.

Why Use It?
You will use the same
powerful Web server, database engine and web framework that will run
your Web site on the Internet, which makes the transition from
development to product seamless. Beyond ensuring everything just works,
WebMatrix includes new features that make Web development easier.

Who's it for?
WebMatrix
is for developers, students, or just about anyone who just wants a
small and simple way to build Web sites. Start coding, testing, and
deploying your own Web sites without having to worry about configuring
your own Web server, managing databases, or learning a lot of concepts.
WebMatrix makes Web site development easy.

Adapted from: http://www.microsoft.com/web/webmatrix/

Take a moment to check what’s coming (to be updated as we progress...):

• 1. Installing the tools.
• 2. Hello World in WebMatrix.
• 3. Dynamic Content (Basics: Syntax).
• 4. Dynamic Content (Basics: Variables).
• 5. Dynamic Content (Basics: Instructions).
• 6. Dynamic Content (Basics: Forms).

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