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Definetely we can get anything we want on the Net nowadays. I was beggining my first steps towards ASP programming, and I started hearing about .Net... and ASP.net.. C# (C Sharp)... this starts making a lot of confusion in lots of minds !!!
I thought, I'm beggining to learn something exciting and now I've to change from ASP to ASP.net, and I've to start find the differences and the innovations between ASP and ASP.net.. .but then one day I found this great tool, which is Web Matrix, and you can get it on following URL:
Web Matrix for ASP.net is WYSIWYG application development tool for ASP.NET. Web Matrix supports building ASP.NET Web applications using either the VB or C# programming languages, and it is made my Microsoft -so I personally congratulate them, because they created an easy interface visual Tool to make programmer's life easier, because I find Visual Studio.net too heavy and complicated to learn. Definetely you'll enjoy working with this great & free Tool....
I loved to share this information with everyone here on Code project, because life's made of sharing & having... the experiences we gain... on this field...
You can get it by 1.2 MB download, and the best of all — it is absolutely free and easy-to-use . I started using it and I can assure you that it will create a phenomenal impact on you, it is something amazing.
Obviosuly, you've to create some conditions and obey to some pre-requisites to work with it, such as:
1-Web Matrix requires the Microsoft .NET Framework, and also needs Windows 2000 or Windows XP operating systems to run this application. ( you can check on-line if you've .Net Framework running on your system -with IE 5.5 or superior), and if you don't have you've to download and install it.
2- You can also download some additional features or free components for Web Matrix , to build data driven applications you need SQL Server or MSDE -70 Mb. (a SQL Server-compatible database engine), and for creating Mobile Web Applications and extend the ASP.NET applications to mobile phones, PDAs and other mobile devices, download and install Microsoft Mobile Internet Toolkit -4 mb.
ASP.NET Page Designer. Rapidly create ASP.NET pages using the rich WYSIWYG designer. Drag and drop ASP.NET Server controls from the Toolbox onto your page. Select individual server controls to get in-place designer editing support as well as full property grid customization. Simply double-click a server control to get automatic event wireup of server event handlers.
SQL and MSDE Database Management. Integrated support to create and edit SQL and MSDE databases. Create new databases, add/edit/delete tables and stored procedures, and edit data content all directly within the Web Matrix tool. Auto-generate ADO.NET code to execute SQL statements and stored procedures using built-in code builders.
Easy Data Bound UI Generation. Web Matrix makes it easy to create data bound pages without writing code. Drop SQL tables on your page to create data-bound grids, or start with Data Page templates for reports or Master/Detail pages. Code builders help you generate code to select, insert, update and delete SQL data.
XML Web Services Support. Easily add XML Web Service support to your applications. Web Matrix provides support for developers to easily expose a SOAP-based XML Web Service, as well as call and consume a XML Web Service hosted on another server.
Build Mobile Applications. Write mobile-web-enabled applications for a wide variety of mobile devices such as cell phones, pagers and PDAs. Web Matrix provides drag-and-drop design support for authoring mobile pages using ASP.NET and the Mobile Internet Toolkit.
Projectless File and FTP Workspaces. Web Matrix supports both FTP-based and file-based workspaces that allow developers to easily organize and edit their ASP.NET applications. Simply double-click a file within the workspace tree to open it for editing. No FrontPage server extensions or project system required.
Development Web Server. Develop and test your ASP.NET applications, without requiring IIS. Web Matrix includes a lightweight personal web server that serves most web content, including ASP.NET pages and XML Web Services, for local requests.
Community Integration. Web Matrix provides a built-in gateway to the ASP.NET community right within the IDE -- allowing you to browse community web sites and search the ASP.NET Forums and Newsgroups for help.
This Features stuff I got it from Web Matrix Site (it's their credit so I keep it) -so you can learn a little more about this fantastic application, not that this kind of application needs some publicity by a person like me, because it must be, already famous... but still I decided to share this information with you.
You can get a Free Book from:
Hope you download this program, learn to work with it, and Enjoy it....wish you all Happy programming...sorry for not sharing some of my work, but still I think this Tip will help many people... that was the main purpose of this Article.
Sorry for my poor English...I'm trying to improve it.