Introducing Microsoft WebMatrix Paperback – 3 Jun 2011
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Laurence Moroney is a Senior Technology Evangelist at Microsoft, focusing on Silverlight and the user experience. He has more than a decade of experience in software development and implementation, and has written dozens of books and articles on Windows Presentation Foundation, Web development, security, and interoperability.
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And this is the first WebMatrix book.
The book takes a tutorial approach, and you create web sites from chapter one onward. It's a collection of features and a tutorial for each one.
It was written during the beta, but the tutorial worked (mostly) fine for me. The examples show off many of the features of Webmatrix, but can be inconsistent. Often, but not always, the new code you need to add is in *bold*. But sometimes it's just buried in a sea of plain-text.
There is no guidance as to when to use, or not use a feature. Some problems I had were of the underlying technology, not the book, but the book doesn't warn you of any pitfalls. For example, Chapter 4 "Using Images in WebMatrix" is all about the wonders of the WebImage helper object. Took me hours to figure out why some of my image files worked and some failed. Silently. Turns out WebImage is case sensitive, and if you point to a file named .jpg it will work, but if you point to a .JPG (like all my images from my digital camera) it will fail.
Using the Facebook Helper also could use some guidance. After searching the FB dev forums, I found you need to have the browser set to accept cookies from 3rd parties or the Facebook Helper object would fail. At least this helper object gave an error message.
This is a 324 page book, including a nice index in the back. The book feels smaller, probably because of all the big screen shots. It does not take long to go through this book.
I do wish there was some "How" to use WebMatrix, but that is beyond this first book. It's worth getting, but I have the feeling once bigger books come out, I won't be returning to this.
For one thing the language is all code jargon and if you cannot understand that you will be lost from day one.
Webmatrix is a super free program which makes it easy for anyone with a small website or business to establish it on the Web but you have to know something about the program languages to really make sense of this very good book.
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