Web Camps TV #3 - WebMatrix Helpers with Jim Wang

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This week on Web Camps TV, James Senior talks to Jim Wang about the new Helpers in WebMatrix.

WebMatrix (Beta) is the free tool from Microsoft that makes it easy to build websites and web applications, then publish them on the internet with just a couple of clicks of the mouse. In WebMatrix, you can start from scratch using ASP.NET Web Pages or PHP, or you can download a fully functioning web app through tools such as Umbraco, WordPress, or Drupal before tweaking the app and deploying it to a low-cost hosting provider.

Helpers are an important part of website development with ASP.NET Web Pages, making complicated web development tasks much easier by providing simple-to-use APIs. Jim takes us through some of his favorite Helpers and shows off the new WishList template, which will ship in the next preview of WebMatrix.

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    koistya

    Jim, nice presentation. WebMatrix looks great! That would be cool if it would support customizable project templates. Imagine a scenario where you create a new project based on some template, it will ask you which Dependency Injection library should be used, which ORM to use Entity Framework / NHibernate, should it support membership, profiles, roles.. if so, which types of logins are allowed - username/pass, live id, open id, should it support plugins based on MEF etc. BTW, talking about MEF, that would be good to have a project sample similar to your wish list which emphasizes a scenario with using MEF powered plugins.

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    JimWang

    Hey koistya, 

    Thanks for your input, we'll definitely consider that for future templates.  The target audience for Wishlist is more of a beginner crowd.  For sure adding OpenId support is something we're looking into, look for this in a future Codeplex update Smiley

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