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File Under: Software, Web Apps

Meet WebMatrix, Microsoft’s New Suite For Painless Web Development

Microsoft has unveiled a new all-in-one web development suite called WebMatrix.

It’s more than an IDE or a framework, it’s a whole suite — a web server, a SQL database, and a database-ready framework, all wrapped up into a single development environment that makes it easy to build, test and deploy some fairly complex web apps.

WebMatrix is free, and it’s available for Windows users as a beta download.

The new suite is especially geared towards developers building web apps that require local data storage. It’s pretty flexible, and you can also use it to build simple websites, then scale up to something mid-weight or incorporate a full-scale app that you could run a business on top of.

The WebMatrix suite is made up of three components: the lightweight Windows-based web server called IIS Express, SQL Server Compact Edition, a simple database server, and Razor, a new templating language based on ASP.NET. The beta version you can download today actually doesn’t have Razor, but it will be included in a future release “later this month,” according to Microsoft.

The three key technologies were previously announced by Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s VP of its Developer Division. Now, with the launch of WebMatrix, Guthrie has introduced a few new components.

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File Under: Glossary

COM

Microsoft’s component object model allows programmers to create objects (programs) that can run from any Windows desktop environment.

The basic architecture of the model defines the interfaces of the objects and different ways that they can be executed. COM allows objects to be created in almost any programming language and affords the programmer the ability to incorporate a set of third-party controls such as OLE and ActiveX. The COM+ standard introduced improvements to the original model.

While COM hasn’t been deprecated, many of its functions have been integrated into the .NET effort.

File Under: Programming

Use Master Pages in ASP

It may be geeky to refer to anything programming-related as “kick butt.” If it is, you can call me a geek.

And you can quote me, too, because Master Pages in ASP.NET 2.0 are soooo kick butt.


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