New Version of Web Matrix Making Progress...

Our team has been spend some cycles the last few months on a new refresh of Web Matrix.  We've unfortunately been heads-down on ASP.NET V1.1 and ASP.NET V2 for the last several months -- which is why the refresh has taken longer than we origionally hoped for.

I got some great demos today of a few new features that will go down really well with customers.  My two favorite new features include in-line user control design-time support (so you actually see the user control contents within a page -- rather than the grey box that shows up today), as well as cool new support for Access/Jet databases (creating, editing, modifying and displaying them).  The later in particular will be great for ISP hosting scenarios -- especially given the new hosting support that will ship with ASP.NET V1.1.  Nikhil has also done a great job updating the look and feel of the IDE -- giving it a much more "alive" feeling that feels pretty cool. 

Our current plan is to get all of the refresh features implemented by the end of this week.  We'll then spend a few weeks testing and fixing bugs (we're doing a full ASP.NET V2 test pass which will unfortunately delay this somewhat) -- and then ship it to the web later next month.  I am really jazzed to get this refresh out -- hopefully folks will find it well worth the wait. :-)


  • It would be great to hear Nikhil's perspectives as well :).

    I am a huge fan of his Server Control book. He should join the party.

  • any chance of expanding on "especially given the new hosting support that will ship with ASP.NET V1.1." Scott?

  • It would definitely be good to have a good reference for the add-in API, as a lot of the features that people are requesting can be created by the community. Homesite had a great extensibility API, and a bunch of us wrote some really useful add-ins for it.

  • Serious question: Does Web Matrix offer things that the .NET IDE does not?

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