Yes - it's official! I'm writing a book for Wiley all about Microsoft's new stack for beginner web developers - WebMatrix.
Launched just a few days ago, WebMatrix is already providing a lot of fuel for Tweeters - the vast majority of it very encouraging and positive, and some of it, well... uneducated, let's say. Regular visitors to this site will notice that I have been playing with WebMatrix since its first Beta release, and just like former Microsoft ASP.NET MVC Guru, Rob Conery (who's not shy in telling Microsoft when he thinks they have goofed), I believe that Microsoft have got WebMatrix just right.
Beginning ASP.NET Web Pages with WebMatrix will be published later this year - in September to be more precise. I am being supported by my good friend Imar Spaanjaars, a fellow ASP.NET MVP and first rate author of highly successful ASP.NET books, such as Beginning ASP.NET 4: in C# and VB. The book will target those who are completely new to web development, as well as their educators, but it will also appeal to bods who have a little web development experience away from ASP.NET, or those who found ASP.NET Web Forms or MVC all a little too daunting. It should also appeal to experienced ASP.NET developers who would like some "fun" injected into their web development again.
The book will cover:
- What WebMatrix is all about
- An introduction to HTML and CSS
- Designing your pages and site
- Programming with the Razor syntax
- Using the Package Manager
- AJAX with jQuery
- Data and Databases
- Securing your site
- Optimising (I mean Optimizing - I have to write in American now...) your site for SEO
- and more...
If there is anything in particular that you would like to see the book cover, let me know by using the comments form at the bottom of this page.
In the meantime, I have a busy few months ahead of me, so if I'm not posting new articles as regularly as I usually do, now you know why.