Microsoft released the WebMartix 2 Beta to early adopters to test drive the second version of the tool designed to streamline website development on top of Windows.
Pleas note; "WebMatrix 2 Beta cannot be installed side-by-side with WebMatrix 1 - it will overwrite your existing installation. Do not install WebMatrix 2 Beta (which is a pre-release product and may contain bugs) if you are concerned about product deployments with WebMatrix," Microsoft warns.
Customers leveraging WebMatrix can easily deploy a range of web applications, including open source projects such as WordPress, Joomla!, DotNetNuke and Orchard. But they can also write their own code, and put together entirely new sites, or just customize existing apps as they see fit.
WebMatrix comes with an IDE that supports ASP.NET and PHP, but also offers devs resources such as IIS Express and SQL Server Compact Edition.
Microsoft's Robert Lucero highglights the new features:
- Remote Site Access and Editing
You can now quickly edit your remotely published files without having to pull-back and republish.
- Streamlined Web Application Installs
Database passwords and users are generated for applications making it faster to get up and running.
- .NET and PHP Intellisense
Major updates to the WebMatrix code editor which allows for both .NET and PHP intellisense along with HTML, CSS, and JScript
- Rich App Extensibility
Try out some of the WebMatrix extensions that are available in the Extensions Gallery or develop your own!
- Integrated Learn Content
Are you new to a concept or want to learn more about features? Custom learn and help content links are built into Webmatrix now.
- Improved Database Management User Experience
Databases has been updated to match the style and profile users have come to expect of WebMatrix. The UI is clean and even more integrated with the application.
- Integrated NuGet Package Manager experience with ASP.NET WebPages 2 Applications
Users can now manage the NuGet packages that they want from within WebMatrix and quickly integrate them into their application.
- New and improved web application templates!
Try out Personal Site and the improved Starter Site for more details.
You can download WebMatrix 2 Beta here.