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 Monday, September 10, 2012

WebMatrix has not been a tool that I use on a daily basis.  However, I have used it to quickly setup and deploy sites based on templates or applications from third parties (ie. DotNetNuke, BlogEngine.NET, etc.).

Last week, Microsoft released WebMatrix 2.  It has quite a number of beneficial new features which make it worth investigating (not the least of which is the support for node.js).  If you are interested in a list of new features, check out Vishal Joshi’s post.  But introducing all the new features of WebMatrix 2 is not what this post is about.

One of the features that I have used quite a bit just in the last week is the ability to test your sites in multiple mobile simulators, including iPhone and iPad.  Microsoft partnered with Electric Plum, the creators of the electric mobile simulator, to include a lite version of the simulator directly in WebMatrix.  In addition, WebMatrix also includes a Windows Phone emulator as well.  So now you can test a website in all three device formats from within WebMatrix.

WebMatrix includes the Windows Phone 7 emulator out of the box.  In order to get iPhone and iPad simulators, you must install the extensions for them, which couldn’t be easier.  This screenshot shows the run selection with the iPhone and iPad options.

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In order to add the iPad and iPhone simulators, just select the “Add new…” option.  From there, just select the iPad and iPhone extensions and install them.  Once installed, you can open your site in WebMatrix and choose to run them in one or more of the different devices/browsers.

Monday, September 10, 2012 7:05:50 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
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