Toolkit helps corporate and ISV developers create on-demand applications for The Business Web™
Santa Clara, Calif. — EclipseCon & March 20, 2006 — Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM], the technology and market leader in on-demand customer relationship management (CRM), today announced it has joined the Eclipse Foundation and released a new AppExchange Toolkit for Eclipse. Available as a free download from the AppExchange Developer Network (http://developer.appexchange.com), the Toolkit provides developers with tools to customize, integrate and build on-demand applications on the AppExchange platform. ISVs and corporate IT organization developers alike can use the AppExchange Toolkit for Eclipse to create applications for use in existing Salesforce deployments or for sharing and distribution via the AppExchange.
Built on the popular Eclipse development platform framework, the Toolkit extends Eclipse beyond traditional software development and provides developers with a robust development, debugging and testing environment to create on-demand applications and mashups for the AppExchange. With the Toolkit, developers can directly access and explore the AppExchange data model and objects, extend the AppExchange's native Web presentation capabilities, and build and debug applications and mashups that use the popular AppExchange AJAX toolkit. Because the Toolkit is built on the Eclipse Web Tools Project (WTP), developers get code editing, source control and project management features out of the box, for free.
Eclipse is an open source community whose projects are focused on providing an extensible platform for application development. Salesforce.com is joining the Eclipse Foundation as an Add-In Provider. As an Add-in Provider, salesforce.com will stay abreast of all the projects in the Eclipse open source community, and help shape the direction of Eclipse's support for on-demand application development. Other Add-In Providers to the Eclipse Foundation include Business Objects, iWay, Macromedia, Mercury, SAS, and webMethods.
"We are delighted to have salesforce.com join the Eclipse Foundation," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. "Salesforce.com has shown how on demand will change not only how applications are delivered, but also how they are built. Uniting the technology of Eclipse and the power of salesforce.com's Web services is a win-win for developers."
More than forty percent of salesforce.com's transactions take place via the AppExchange Web services API, making AppExchange one of the world's most widely used enterprise Web services. With the toolkit, Eclipse developers can easily leverage this API to build on-demand applications, and combine salesforce.com with other services to create new business mashups. Giving developers the power to easily combine Web services to create new on-demand applications is a cornerstone of The Business Web, a new Internet-centric approach to creating and delivering business applications.
"Developers now have the ability to use the power and sophistication of Eclipse to build on-demand applications," said Adam Gross, vice president, developer marketing, salesforce.com. "We are excited not only to bring our developer community the benefits of the Eclipse Platform for their projects today, but also to help Eclipse developers eager to embrace the power and flexibility of the on-demand model."
"The ability to integrate Salesforce with the rest of our systems and to build new applications on the AppExchange platform is key to our company's success," said Chip Vanek, Director of Corporate and CRM Applications at Magma Design Automation, Inc., a longtime salesforce.com customer that runs Eclipse as its standard development platform. "Using the sophisticated capabilities of the Eclipse environment with AppExchange will let our developers integrate and build on-demand applications with more power, speed and success."
The AppExchange Toolkit for Eclipse is available for free download at AppExchange Developer Network (http://developer.appexchange.com), a new Web site that provides the community, tools and resources to help developers build new on-demand applications for the AppExchange. Now any developer in the world — with access to just a Web browser and Internet connection — can harness the power of the world's most popular on-demand platform to create new applications from scratch. With toolkits and resources for most popular development environments, languages and frameworks — including AJAX, Eclipse, Java, .NET, PHP and Ruby on Rails — AppExchange developers can also combine those applications with other Internet services to create new business mashups, allowing developers, ISVs and IT organizations to easily leverage The Business Web in their projects and offerings.
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