Today, we announced the beta version of WebMatrix, which includes a developer-focused version of IIS called IIS Developer Express. You can learn and download WebMatrix using the following links:
In this first blog post, I’d like to help you understand IIS Developer Express better and point you to some existing resources. We’ll use the coming days to drill into various aspects of the product.
First, a bit about myself
I am a program manager with IIS and joined the team a short (but intense and exciting) 5 months ago. Have been with MS since Dec 2007, prior to which I spent 10+ years as a developer and lead in the San Francisco bay area. My last stop was with Intuit’s desktop payroll product team in Mountain View, CA. Back at HP, I was part of a group that built an embedded web server for the imaging and printing platform. I have been fascinated with the Web ever since and am relishing my role with IIS. I work on IIS Developer Express as well as other portions of the core IIS server.
Back to IIS Developer Express
The goal of WebMatrix (and IIS Developer Express) is make Web development a lot simpler and productive on the Windows platform. WebMatrix includes a few other components to deliver this promise (more information in the links above).
You can get a good overview of IIS Developer Express from Scottgu’s blog from last week. Note that Scott uses the unofficial name of the product (IIS Express). Also, please note that not all of the features Scott discusses in his blog posting and responses are implemented in Beta. In particular, the Beta version isn’t officially integrated with Visual Studio (this support will be added to VS10 later on), can’t be redistributed and doesn’t support all IIS7.x modules.
Here are some additional links to look at.
The first link will give you a 50-foot overview of IIS Developer Express and explain its relationship to IIS7.x. The second one is intended to help you better understand what is in the Beta release.
Check out WebMatrix and IIS Developer Express, and let us know if you have any questions.