A new lightweight web tool and stack: WebMatrix

Today Scott Guthrie’s blog post announced the availability of the first beta for WebMatrix.

WebMatrix includes a complete Web development stack that integrates a Web server (IIS Developer Express), database (Microsoft SQL Server Compact 4.0), programming model (ASP.NET Web pages with Razor syntax), and a tool (WebMatrix Beta).
If you are looking for an easy way to start out with your blog or site development and fine-tuning this will come in handy. While the tool itself coming with the WebMatrix tool is not focused at professional developers, you will see that elements from the stack are pretty welcome to all. These include the Razor syntax as a view engine for ASP.NET MVC, IIS Express and the SQL Server Compact 4.0. Note that the separate downloads are not available today but will be made available in the future.

Give it a try and learn more for creating your first site:

WebMatrix also uses the Web  Platform Installer and Gallery, so you can start from scratch or choose an existing app from the gallery like Umbraco, BlogEngine.NET, DNN, Drupal, WordPress, and others.