What is WebMatrix?
WebMatrix is a free tool that makes it extremely easy to create, configure and publish your web sites , web applications, blogs etc. It can be trusted upon Microsoft’s in depth knowledge of web platforms,programming tools, frameworks. It is surfaced in a more approachable and very straightforward way.
As for ASP.NET WebMatrix comes with everything you need to get started building websites and web applications:
• A complete and integrated development environment, with a small download and a simple install.
• You get a database engine (SQL Server Compact Edition) to handle your data. All the structures you create in this database engine will be compatible with professional versions of SQL Server.
• WebMatrix supports a Web Server (IIS Express) to serve all your web pages. This web server is compatible with the professional versions of IIS as well.
WebMatrix also comes with a new, simple programming framework that allows for rapid development of web sites and web applications. It supports Razor, the latest and simplified way to code web sites. It also provides a gallery of free open source applications to complement your development. It comes with an integrated installer that manages the heavy lifting of downloading and installing each component.