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Last week I published several blog posts that covered some
new web development technologies we are releasing:
IIS Developer Express: A lightweight web-server that is
simple to setup, free, works with all versions of Windows, and is compatible
with the full IIS 7.5.
SQL Server Compact Edition: A lightweight file-based
database that is simple to setup, free, can be embedded within your ASP.NET
applications, supports low-cost hosting environments, and enables databases to
be optionally migrated to SQL Server.
ASP.NET “Razor”: A new view-engine option for ASP.NET that
enables a code-focused templating syntax optimized around HTML
generation. You can use “Razor” to easily embed VB or C# within
HTML. It’s syntax is easy to write, simple to learn, and works with any
My posts last week covered how you’ll be able to take
maximum advantage of these technologies using professional web development
tools like Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Web Developer 2010 Express, and how
these technologies will make your existing ASP.NET Web Forms and ASP.NET MVC
development workflows even better.
Today we are also announcing a new lightweight web
development tool that also integrates the above technologies, and makes it even
easier for people to get started with web development using ASP.NET. This
tool is free, provides core coding and database support, integrates with an
open source web application gallery, and includes support to easily
publish/deploy sites and applications to web hosting providers.
We are calling this new tool WebMatrix,
and the first preview beta of it is now available