Microsoft WebMatrix Is A Good Intro To Web Development

By HTMLGoodies Staff

Although the web has been around for 20 years, the creation of a website remains remarkably complicated. Microsoft hopes to simplify the task with the release of WebMatrix, a web development package that Microsoft says has "everything you need to build Web sites using Windows."

WebMatrix is a lightweight Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that provides web developers with the tools they need, without overburdening them with all the features of Visual Studio. The package includes IIS Developer Express (a development Web server), SQL Server Compact, and ASP.NET, and enables developers to develop and test websites and web apps without having to use additional servers.

Perfect for beginning web developers, WebMatrix enables users to create websites using templates or by downloading tools from the Microsoft Web Gallery. Unlike what you would typically expect from Microsoft, WebMatrix isn't limited to .NET sites--it can also be used to create sites using PHP. Check it out at

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