Web Matrix Developer's Guide provides a complete view of what you can accomplish with Web Matrix (Microsoft's free website creation program)&emdash;everything from generating simple web pages to developing Web service applications to building mobile applications. Expert author John Mueller covers all the major features of Web Matrix, including the ASP.NET page designer, SQL and MSDE database management, data-bound UI generation, XML Web services, and FTP workspaces.
Web Matrix Developer's Guide shows you how to create a wealth of application types beginning with simple HTML and moving on to XML and ASP.NET. You'll learn how to use CSS and XSLT to separate content from the display of data. A chapter on mobile application development helps you create content for both PDAs and cell phones. Finally, you'll learn about the database management functionality that Web Matrix provides, including a walk-through tutorial that shows you how to use David Selwood's popular freeware, MSDE Query, a tool that tames MSDE and makes it a more functional development environment.
One of the most important features of the Web Matrix Developer's Guide is that it demonstrates the flexibility of this free tool. You'll learn how to use every type of control and component in your Toolbox (managed and unmanaged) to create robust Web applications. In addition, you'll learn about IDE modifications, such as the addition of custom tabs to the Toolbox.