Microsoft Upgrades Web Development Offerings
New offerings include an upgraded ASP.Net Web Matrix tool, the official release of the company's ASP.Net Starter Kits and a new ASP.Net Hosting program.Microsoft updated some of its Web development offerings Monday, with an upgraded ASP.Net Web Matrix tool, the official release of the companys ASP.Net Starter Kits and a new ASP.Net Hosting program. Shawn Nandi, product manager for Microsofts ASP.Net, said the company has updated its Web Matrix application development tool for ASP.Net to reflect developer feedback for the year-old tool. Nandi said new features in the tool include support for Microsoft Access databases and support for Microsofts J# Java-based development environment. "We had two goals with Web Matrix," Nandi said. "To have a quick and easy way to test drive ASP.Net and to get feedback on the next version of Visual Studio."
Nandi said support for Access databases was the primary request from developers using the free Web matrix development tool. The academic community requested Java support, he said. Other enhancements include improved table editing and user-control rendering.