My development skills are so old that the term 4GL and client server were the buzzwords of the day back then,  so I thought it was about time I had look at what’s out there now. A quick search on Microsoft web development on Bing got me to the Microsoft Web Platform Installer site…  

This is a free set of tools and from this site you have two choices v1 and v2 beta with extra stuff in (which I’ll come back to later) being evangelist I am addicted to the word beta so  from the new virtual machine I created yesterday I fired up the installer and after a few seconds I get this dialog..

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I found this a bit confusing as it show all the new stuff- and it’s all new to me anyway. However clicking on the Web Platform Tab makes a lot more sense..

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it’s all free so I’ll have everything.  Checking the Web applications tab gives me even more stuff..

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I’ve selected the phot gallery and DotNetNuke options.  Now I can review what I’ve got..

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and you can see I’ve picked up some interesting options such as PHP and MySQL connectivity (although not the engine itself which you’ll have to get yourself from here).  However I am a SQL Server guy so I am staying with the express edition.

Before installation starts I am asked for the the SQL Server sa password and whether I want mixed mode or windows integrated authentication.   I am going for mixed mode as I am not sure I want to rely on windows to authenticate incoming users to my database.

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and now the actual installation starts and I can get another cuppa.

I did get one warning about SQL Server 2008 compatibility with Windows 7, but as I am installing sp1 anyway this is a spurious message.

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At least it didn’t kill the install and once it’s installed you are then in a position to setup your sites..

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My application will be DeepFat (my twitter handle) and then I can move onto setting up the backend database..

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Finally the DotNetNuke application for content management installs an we’re good to go. It all lokks good as there’s a folder in programs for SQL Server 2008..

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and firing up management studio express show the database I created..

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SO it’s all pretty straightforward to install on Windows 7 despite the fact that the installer and the operating system are in beta.

Next up a little bit of development…