Microsoft’s Web Platform Installer

As a developer on the Microsoft Platform, there’s nothing as simple as setting up your development machine with the Web Platform Installer.

Version 3.0 – which is the latest at the time of this post – includes fantastic tools like WebMatrix and Visual Studio Express, as well as cutting-edge frameworks like the new Orchard CMS and the latest version of ASP.NET MVC.

Everything can be downloaded for you, and any dependancies are automatically selected as required. I remember how tricky it was before: you had to download all this stuff, then click on each installer in turn. What a pain!

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