Book Review: Introducing Microsoft WebMatrix
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by Anand Narayanaswamy
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Inside Introducing Microsoft WebMatrix

While Chapter 1 provides a basic introduction to WebMatrix including the steps required to install the tool, Chapter 2 examines the working of the tool with the help of various scenarios including the usage of Web Application Gallery. The author demonstrates the installation procedure of DotNetBlogEngine, which I hope will be useful for beginners.

In Chapter 3, you will learn the steps required to work with server-side programming, creation of a page that uses server-side code and other programming related aspects.

Chapters 4 & 5 examine the usage of Images and Videos in WebMatrix.  You will learn the steps required to create thumbnails and links, working of WebImage helper to embed images to your webpages including the usage of Video Helper and HTML5 <video> tag.

While Chapter 6 examines the usage of Forms, Form Controls and the technique of capturing user input in forms, Chapter 7 enables you to create a database with WebMatrix. You will also learn the steps to be followed to query a database including adding, updating and modification of database data. I would prefer to see a section which examines the development of applications using Oracle and MySQL databases.

The author has examined the concepts in all the chapters with the help of screenshots, source codes followed by step by step explanation. You will learn how to share your site through various social networking sites including twitter and Xbox Live in Chapter 8.

The next chapter enables you to send email messages by using the WebMail helper with the help of a sample email application. Chapters 10 and 11 walk you through the development of different phases of building a simple web application using styles, layout, templates and database.

Chapters 12 and 13 enable you to develop web applications integrated with Facebook and PayPal using WebMatrix. The remaining chapters delves deep into the creation of your own web helpers, site deployment and the usage of WordPress including PHP code editing of sites powered with WordPress.

The book includes one appendix which covers the fundamental concepts of programming such as Variables, Data Types and Programming Constructs like if-else, switch-case, while and foreach loop. The complete source code along with other companion files is available for download from O'Reilly website.

The author should also examine the steps to be followed to resolve common error messages which occur during the development stage of an ASP.NET application. Moreover, the book should include a chapter to discuss the development of AJAX based applications with WebMatrix.


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