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Microsoft’s Free Web Kit Packs in 40 Open Source Application Partners

The Redmond Company launches new web design and development suite complete with search engine optimization tools

Microsoft Corp. has released an all-comprehensive free web development kit called WebMatrix to create, customize and publish websites to the Internet. Meant for designers of varying skill levels ranging from students to professional developers and agencies building data driven SEO friendly online sites, the platform comes with video tutorials, how-to tips and other ancillary resources.

To create a site, one could use the code provided through available templates or derive from about 40 integrated free open source applications, such as content management systems WordPress, Joomla!, DotNetNuke and Umbraco. The system lets developers write code in HTML, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) or JavaScript. Developers can also share their code development process by contributing to a directory of code published through NuGet, a free open source package management system that helps categorize their libraries and maintain them as an online searchable gallery. Downloadable in 9 languages, it comes with site management tools including a Web server, database and programming frameworks.

The platform supports multiple programming syntaxes, such as ASP.NET "Razor" or PHP, and Web helpers, which give a single line-of-code solution for complex coding tasks, such as inserting Twitter feeds or video, thus minimizing the number of keystrokes required. Once the design aspects are taken care of, developers can either choose to publish their site to their own hosting provider or one available through WebMatrix.

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Lavenya Dilip was responsible for Marketing at Green Rack Systems.