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    Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools Beta available


    The Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools Beta version have just been released and are available for download now.
    After the CTP first shown during MIX10 in March and a refresh in April it’s now time for getting your hands on the beta. If you have the previous CTP version installed, make sure you read the installation notes and uninstall the previous version. There are also breaking changes, which I recommend reviewing as well.

    This is one single download that installs the following tools, as always completely free:

    • Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone (it will install as an add-in if you have VS2010 RTM installed)
    • Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone – this is version of Blend that only works for Windows Phone projects, and yes totally free. It’s actually the only Expression Blend release that is free.
    • Windows Phone Emulator
    • XNA Game Studio 4.0

    For full coverage and background info, developer device availability, and a virtual training please see the Windows Phone team blog post.

    Upgrading your CTP project: to upgrade your project, nothing better than this extensive post by Jaime Rodriguez: Migrating apps from Windows Phone April CTP Refresh to the beta build.

    So, what are you waiting for?

    Have fun! Smile

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    A new lightweight web tool and stack: WebMatrix


    Today Scott Guthrie’s blog post announced the availability of the first beta for WebMatrix.

    WebMatrix includes a complete Web development stack that integrates a Web server (IIS Developer Express), database (Microsoft SQL Server Compact 4.0), programming model (ASP.NET Web pages with Razor syntax), and a tool (WebMatrix Beta).
    If you are looking for an easy way to start out with your blog or site development and fine-tuning this will come in handy. While the tool itself coming with the WebMatrix tool is not focused at professional developers, you will see that elements from the stack are pretty welcome to all. These include the Razor syntax as a view engine for ASP.NET MVC, IIS Express and the SQL Server Compact 4.0. Note that the separate downloads are not available today but will be made available in the future.

    Give it a try and learn more for creating your first site:

    WebMatrix also uses the Web  Platform Installer and Gallery, so you can start from scratch or choose an existing app from the gallery like Umbraco, BlogEngine.NET, DNN, Drupal, WordPress, and others.


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