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ISBN-13: 978-1118050484 ISBN-10: 1118050487 Edition: 1st
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Learn to build dynamic web sites with Microsoft WebMatrix

Taking a task-oriented approach to learning, this practical guide shows you why WebMatrix is an ideal entry-level tool for developing web sites using ASP.NET. The author duo arms you with the basics of what WebMatrix is, how it works, how to get the most out of it, and the other technologies you need to know in order to become a successful developer, including HTML, CSS, and SQL. You'll discover how WebMatrix integrates with an open source web application gallery and includes valuable coding and database support. Best of all: no prior experience with web development is assumed, allowing you to confidently dive into using WebMatrix today.

Beginning ASP.NET Web Pages with WebMatrix:

  • Details how to design pages and sites using HTML, CSS, and the new Razor syntax

  • Highlights ways to program and add interactivity to your site

  • Covers what's in the Packages Administration tool and explains how to use the Web Helper packages

  • Uncovers debugging your web applications, maintaining security,and handling errors

  • Addresses optimizing your site and putting it into production

  • Teaches you the basics of the C# programming language

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About the Author

Mike Brind is a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP and the Operations Director of ITEC Systems, which develops ITRIS Recruitment Software. He's worked with WebMatrix since its first Beta release, answering user questions on the product and blogging about it at

Imar Spaanjaars is a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP and runs his own company called De Vier Koeden, specializing in consultancy and development of Internet and intranet applications built with Microsoft technologies like ASP.NET.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118050487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118050484
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By James P. Jamieson on January 20, 2012
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Recently the company I work for announced they will no longer support Adobe ColdFusion.
I've been writing ColdFusion since the days of JJ and Jeremy Allaire along with the excellent books written by Ben Forta. I will miss ColdFusion.

So we are to learn Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 along with ASP.NET 4.00+, which I see as a challenge and pleasant change. As a result I initially purchased Imaar Spaanjaars' book Beginning ASP.NET 4 in C# and VB. The book was an excellent choice, however if you are coming from a ColdFusion or PHP skill set, Beginning ASP.NET Web Pages with WebMatrix will get you started writing database enabled web sites faster. Much more important, it gets you on the road to Microsoft ASP.NET 4.00+

Microsoft introduced WebMatrix a year ago, as a lightweight tool to create web pages using the new Web Pages Framework and Razor syntax. WebMatrix sits on top of the ASP.NET Framework which sits on top of the .NET framework. If you are a ColdFusion developer, ColdFusion is to Java, as WebMatrix is to ASP.NET and the .NET Framwork. The global concept is that while WebMatrix and Razor syntax abstract and insulate you to a point from ASP.NET's intricacies, it doesn't distract from ASP.NET, more importantly it pulls you into ASP.NET. This is brilliant well thought out Microsoft marketing. This book, does an excellent job of getting this important concept across, while providing "Try It" excercises to get you started writing production level code.

Microsoft WebMatrix is a free download and supplies everything you need including the database and web page templates. WebMatrix 2 Beta was just released.

With this book, you can easily start writing database enabled interactive web sites. I'm not talking ASP.NET 4.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Don Schwirtlich on December 27, 2012
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I am a long term developer who moved into web development. My day job is writing c#, development projects - my own business is developing data driven web applications. I have purchased and read 57 technical developers books in the last 9 months- mostly on Kindle, some paper, one book on both Kindle and paper, this book Beginning Asp.Net Web Pages with WebMatrix. It truly does take you from beginning to the end - keep in mind that I have been a programmer since just after the Jurassic period, but most of that time was with desk top applications. Spaanjaars is a very good author - he and Brind do not make many errors, very little compared to the norm out there. Be sure and download the source from the wrox web site, use that code to help you do each and every exercise, dont be lazy, you will pay for it later. The reason I bought this book on both media was that I really like reading books on Kindle - both my cheapie $69 that I carry in my backpack, and the Kindle thats loaded on my notebook. I like increasing the size of the font so my 60 year old eyes can read it better, and this book is so good with such good charts and listing of important key words and such, I paper clip them so I can find them quickly. This book is worth the money and so much more importantly , your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arvind Sampath on December 28, 2013
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This book is simply amazing. What separates this book from all other I have read (and I have read several) is that it provides an introduction to the entire technology stack that is required for web development and does it in an engaging manner and for the most part assumes that the reader has no background at all. This book provides an introduction to HTML, CSS, JavaScript/jQuery, Razor, and C#. It shows how all of these layers work with one another. And that is essential to learning web development. All of the other books I have read cover some of these layers, but NONE cover everything. After finishing this book, it is much easier to do a deep dive into the individual layers as required. In addition this book explains how to use an IDE, explains a Web framework (WebMatrix), security, debugging/error handling, performance, and publishing to a prod server. Finally the author Mike B. really cares that you learn the subjective material. I sent him an e-mail on a Saturday asking Why should I buy his book? He responded within 1 hr with a great reply. Check out his blog [...] I know a lot of what I have stated sound like hyperbole, but try to find another book that cover all of the areas I have stated. Simply peruse the table of contents of any other book and compare it to Mike's. You'll see I am right. [Final note: A great supplement to this book is the tutorial on ]
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I am going to create at least one web site which is basically simple, not a lot of user interaction, nothing real fancy. I want to use, as I am a C# developer and thus from the .NET world. So the dilemma: which to use MVC, web forms, or web pages. If you read this book, you will see Web Pages is a good fit for the type of web site I described. For something more involved, maybe MVC would be a better fit, but I don't need an elephant to pack a sack of groceries (so to speak).

This book is well-written, easy to follow, and covers everything you need to know to get a good start in Web Pages development. Well worth the investment of time and money.
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