Getting Started with Microsoft’s WebMatrix

Living in the world of Web 2.0, there are more Web services being developed on the Internet rather than Websites. Now what really makes these different? Well, in simple words a Web service is something that takes a request from you, process it and displays the results or stores them. Most common examples would be Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.

Beginners in the world of Web Development take a step back looking the complex architecture of such web services and the numerous installs of various components like Databases, Application Environments, Servers etc.

Microsoft’s WebMatrix is a Web developing environment that chooses to differ. Just one install, and you are ready with an ASP application environment + SQL server Compact database + ISS Developer Express 7.0. This is not where it stops. WebMatrix also supports development in PHP, and will guide you through the Installation of MySQL + PHP. Also a package of Open Source application installation like WordPress, Joomla, etc just a click away!

Here is an Installation guide to WebMatrix

1) Download the Web Platform Installer from the given link

Click to Download WebMatrix Platform Installer

2) Run the Web Platform Installer, select Getting Started, and then click Install Now.

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In my next blog, i’ll be writing more about building Websites, connecting to databases and sending form requests.

Until then you could use these links.

http://asp.net/webmatrix

http://microsoft.com/web/webmatrix