Microsoft has updated its free ASP.net development tool for building web applications that use its latest Active Server Pages technology.
New features in the lightweight tool, which is known as ASP.net Web Matrix, include support for the Microsoft Access database, support for the J# programming language and several design-time enhancements.
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Shawn Nandi, a product manager for ASP.net at Microsoft, said the initial version of the tool was considered a 0.5 version, and the latest edition is viewed as Version 0.6.
Developers could use the 0.5 version of ASP.net Web Matrix only with the Visual Basic and C# programming languages, he said.
"It is intended to be an ongoing project to give developers a quick and easy way to test-drive ASP.net and for us to get feedback from the web development community for some of the features we have in mind for the next version of Visual Studio," Nandi said.
Microsoft also announced the release of an ASP.net Starter Kit with source code for five sample applications, including e-commerce storefront, community portal and data-reporting applications.
Microsoft is working with other suppliers to provide ASP.net hosting services to enable developers to easily deploy their ASP.net applications, Nandi said.
Carol Sliwa writes for Computerworld