Microsoft’s beta version of WebMatrix opens up a new way of building websites in ASP.NET, by drawing on the applications made available through the Web App Gallery.To test it out, Ricky takes WebMatrix for a spin before the general release planned for next month, exploring just how easy or hard it is to set up a functioning ecommerce website.In the process, he kicks the tires and slams the doors of nopCommerce, an open source ecommerce package Microsoft has chosen as one of its partners in the Web App Gallery.Integrating payment methods is often a difficult task in ecommerce software, so Ricky tries to set up a PayPal payment option.This is the first of a series of articles examining Microsoft’s Web App Gallery and the implications for developers.Read the article, or take the quiz now.

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Ricky Onsman is a freelance web designer, developer, editor and writer. With a background in information and content services, he built his first website in 1994 for a disability information service and has been messing about on the Web ever since.

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