Moving fast in the web development space, Microsoft has introduced both a website building tool for neophytes and the third major version of its MVC (Model View Controller) technology.
Web Matrix is "a new tool to make it easier for people to build websites," said Microsoft's Brian Goldfarb, director of web platform and tools. Geared for students and new developers, WebMatrix is a text-based tool for writing code.
The free tool supports ASP.Net and PHP development. You can write applications like a Facebook Like button or a Twitter search capability, you can also start from the beginning and design your own.
Web Matrix however lacks more specialized capabilities of Microsoft's Visual Studio IDE, such as debugging. "People get started with WebMatrix, and when and if they're ready, they can begin using Visual Studio to take advantage of more advanced features," Goldfarb said.
Developers can start with an open source application, such as WordPress, Joomla or DotNetNuke, and use WebMatrix to download and configure these applications. Also, tools are provided for building a website, including a web server, database and framework.
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