On January 13th, Microsoft unveiled a new weapon in the Microsoft arsenal at CodeMash… WebMatrix! And Shaun Walker and Joe Brinkman were onsite to show off DotNetNuke using the long anticipated release of Razor!
Unless you’ve been napping or just returned from a long vacation, you’re probably already aware of this. After all, this has been in the works for a pretty long time… Shaun blogged about Inline Script Development with DotNetNuke back in October. But what’s especially important about WebMatrix for DotNetNuke users is what it means for Microsoft’s re-entry into the “productivity developer” space. Did I say “re-entry”? Yes, I did! Microsoft first released WebMatrix back in 2002 as a lightweight alternative to Visual Studio. So why is this big news today?
Today more than ever, web developers need to “get it done”. And for DotNetNuke 5.6.1, we teamed with Microsoft to take advantage of the best secret weapon in the WebMatrix toolkit… Razor!
Simply put, Razor is an inline scripting technology that utilizes “helpers” to make it a lot easier to do things. When you install DotNetNuke 5.6.1 and WebMatrix on an ASP.Net 4.0 site, you’ll be able to leverage these helpers to do things in one line of code that used to require dozens. For most of us, this simply means faster development with fewer lines to test and more reliable results. Who can’t use that?
Would you like to see what some other folks have done with Razor? Have a peek at the applications developed quickly by community members in our most recent DotNetNuke Razor Hackathon. And consider upgrading to DotNetNuke 5.6.1 today!