Today my team launched an exciting new project called WebMatrix.
Seamless, small and best of all free, WebMatrix includes a complete Web development stack that installs in minutes and elegantly integrates a Web server, database and programming frameworks into a single, integrated experience.
Use WebMatrix to streamline the way you code, test, and deploy your own ASP.NET and PHP Web site, or start a new site using the world’s most popular open source apps like DotNetNuke, Umbraco, WordPress, or Joomla.
WebMatrix includes IIS Developer Express, a built-in Web server that shares the same code base that ships in Windows Server and powers some of the world’s biggest Web sites. IIS Developer Express has been fine tuned to work specifically for developer environments, supports all of the key features of the full version of IIS, without the complexity of a full Web server.
Using a database has never been easier! WebMatrix includes a small, embedded database with SQL Server Compact that can live with your Web site code and content. Use it to start building your next Web site and when you’re ready to publish simply copy the database file from your computer to any Web server, or seamlessly migrate the data to SQL Server when you’re ready for high-volume traffic.
With WebMatrix on your desktop, you’re using the same powerful Web server, database engine and frameworks that your Web site on the internet uses, which makes the transition from development to production smooth and seamless. As your Web development needs grow, WebMatrix provides a seamless on-ramp to Microsoft’s professional tools and servers including Visual Studio, ASP.NET MVC and SQL Server.