Today’s Google Starred Items: “Introducing WebMatrix”

Scott Guthrie presents at MIX10.Scott Guthrie: “The 15MB download includes a lightweight development tool, IIS Express, SQL Compact Edition, and a set of ASP.NET extensions that enable you to build standalone ASP.NET Pages using the new Razor syntax, as well as a set of easy to use database and HTML helpers for performing common web-tasks.  WebMatrix can be installed side-by-side with Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Web Developer 2010 Express.”

“Entity Framework 4 ‘Code-First’: Custom Database Schema Mapping”

Scott Guthrie: “EF4 ‘Code First’ enables you to optionally override its default database persistence mapping rules, and configure alternative ways to map your classes to a database. …The OnModelCreating method above will be called the first time our NerdDinners class is used within a running application, and it is passed a “ModelBuilder” object as an argument.  The ModelBuilder object can be used to customize the database persistence mapping rules of our model objects.  We’ll look at some examples of how to do this below.”

“Introducing IIS Express”

Scott Guthrie: “Visual Studio’s built-in ASP.NET Development Server (also known as ‘Cassini’) has the benefit of being light-weight and easy to quickly run.  It doesn’t listen on remote ports (which makes it easier to get approved for many corporate security environments), works even when you are running under a non-administrator account, and doesn’t require a separate installation step.”

“Visual Studio 2010 Keyboard Shortcuts”

Scott Guthrie: “Earlier this week the Visual Studio team released updated VS 2010 Keyboard Shortcut Posters.  These posters are print-ready documents (that now support standard paper sizes), and provide nice “cheat sheet” tables that can help you quickly lookup (and eventually memorize) common keystroke commands within Visual Studio. ”

“July 9th Links: ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, jQuery, Silverlight, WPF, VS 2010”

Scott Guthrie: “Installing and Configuring Windows Server AppFabric and ‘Velocity’ Memory Cache: Scott Hanselman has a nice blog post that describes how to install and configure Windows Server AppFabric – which is a free application server offering from Microsoft.  In less than 10 minutes you can enable its ‘Velocity’ memory cache, and use it within your ASP.NET applications. …Building a Simple Forms Application using the Silverlight Tool for VS 2010 and WCF RIA Services: Mark has a really nice tutorial that walks through how to build a simple data forms application using Silverlight, VS 2010 and WCF RIA Services.”