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ASP.NET WebMatrix is a free tool released by Microsoft for the rapid development of web applications running on servers which support ASP.NET. It is a managed application written in the programming language C#.

WEBMATRIX grew out of a pet project started by Nikhil Kothari. It was originally

conceived as a test bed for working with ASP.NET controls in a designer environment. The ASP.NET team saw a number of benefits for a tool of this type, and used it to try out a variety of additional ideas for creating an IDE that could act as a lightweight alternative to Visual Studio.The project was developed into a product (originally code-named “Saturn”) that was released in the summer of 2002 as free download on the www.asp.net Web site, without official support and with only word-of-mouth marketing.

What Is It?

Web Matrix

WebMatrix is everything you need to build Web sites using Windows. It includes IIS Developer Express (a development Web server), ASP.NET (a Web framework), and SQL Server Compact (an embedded database). It streamlines Web site development and makes it easy to start Web sites from popular open-source apps. The skills and code you develop with WebMatrix transition seamlessly to Visual Studio and SQL Server.

WebMatrix is a task-focused tool that is designed to make it really easy to get started with web development.  It minimizes the number of concepts someone needs to learn in order to get simple things done, and includes and integrates all of the pieces necessary to quickly build Web sites.

In 2010, Microsoft announced the beta version of a new product, also named WebMatrix (in one word).

Microsoft has presented WebMatrix as a development suite with three elements:

  1. A Web server, IIS Express,
  2. A SQL database, and
  3. A Database/Web-ready framework

Why Use It?

You will use the same powerful Web server, database engine and web framework that will run your Web site on the Internet, which makes the transition from development to product seamless. Beyond ensuring everything just works, WebMatrix includes new features that make Web development easier.

Who’s it for?

WebMatrix is for developers, students, or just about anyone who just wants a small and simple way to build Web sites. Start coding, testing, and deploying your own Web sites without having to worry about configuring your own Web server, managing databases, or learning a lot of concepts. WebMatrix makes Web site development easy.

Code Without Boundaries

WebMatrix provides an easy way to get started with Web development. With an integrated code editor and a database editor, Web site and server management, search optimization, FTP publishing, and more, WebMatrix provides a fresh, new Web site development experience that seamlessly bridges all the key components you need in order to create, run, and deploy a Web site.

What is in WebMatrix?

WebMatrix is a 15MB Download (50MB if you don’t have .NET 4 installed) and is quick to install. The 15MB download includes a lightweight development tool, IIS Express, SQL Compact Edition, and a set of ASP.NET extensions that enable you to build standalone ASP.NET Pages using the new Razor syntax, as well as a set of easy to use database and HTML helpers for performing common web-tasks.  WebMatrix can be installed side-by-side with Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Web Developer 2010 Express.

Note: Razor support within ASP.NET MVC applications is not included in this first beta of WebMatrix – it will instead show up later this month in a separate ASP.NET MVC Preview – which will also include Visual Studio tooling support for it.

To install Webmatrix you need a feature called WEBPI of Microsoft. To know more visit WEBPI


  • Small, but complete package
  • Grows with you
  • Start > Open Source
  • Database made simple
  • Elegant interface, simple experience
  • Simple to code
  • Desktop or server, it’s all the same
  • Tightly knit, fully integrated
  • Optimize for search
  • Site publishing

To know some features of this tool visitTech Impressions

Before you download WebMatrix just downlaod WEBPI from here

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    With Regards
    Uday Vaswani


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The Microsoft® Web Platform Installer (Web PI) makes it easy for you to download, install, and keep up to date on the latest software components of the Microsoft® Web Platform for development and application hosting on the Windows® operating system. Web PI does the work of comparing the newest available components across the Microsoft Web Platform against what is already installed on your computer; you can see what is new and what you haven’t yet installed. You can use Web PI to learn more about different components and install one or more components in a chained installation, with Web PI handling reboots and logging failures where applicable. The currently available software components include Internet Information Services 7 (IIS 7), PHP 5.2.11, Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Express with Service Pack 1, the Microsoft®.NET Framework, and Microsoft® Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition with Service Pack 1.

Web PI also provides an interface to the Windows Web App Gallery, a community-driven hub of the most popular open-source and community Web applications that run on Windows. Accessible from anywhere through the Microsoft Web Platform site, the Windows Web App Gallery provides a streamlined way for users to explore, discover, and install Microsoft® ASP.NET, PHP, and other types of Web applications for the Windows operating system, providing Web developers with access to millions of Web users worldwide. The Windows Web App Gallery lets developers submit their own applications for inclusion; once accepted, a Web application can appear in Web PI for anyone to download.

System requirements for Web PI include an Internet connection and one of the following supported operating systems:

  • Windows Server® 2008 R2 or Windows Server® 2008
  • Windows Server® 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Windows Vista®
  • Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows® 7

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Uday Vaswani