Salesforce.com Gives Developers New Tools for Coding in the Clouds with New Eclipse-based Force.com IDE

Corporate IT developers and ISVs can use Force.com IDE to build cloud computing applications on Force.com platform

SAN FRANCISCO - March 25, 2009 - Salesforce.com, [NYSE: CRM] the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced the availability of a new version of the Force.com IDE (Integrated Development Environment). Built on the popular Eclipse framework, the Force.com IDE extends Eclipse beyond traditional software development and provides developers with a robust development and testing environment to create cloud computing applications on the Force.com platform.

Freely available at http://developer.force.com, the Force.com IDE provides developers with tools to customize, integrate and build cloud computing applications on the Force.com platform. Corporate IT departments and ISVs alike can use the Force.com IDE to create applications for use in existing Force.com platform deployments or for distribution via the AppExchange.

"The Eclipse-based Force.com IDE accelerated the creation and implementation of our custom development projects on Force.com," said Mike Bene, IT Systems Architect at Advent Software. "Our IT department has found that building apps in the cloud on Force.com has been demonstrably faster than on a .NET environment."

"Corporate IT departments can now take full advantage of the power and sophistication of Eclipse to build cloud computing applications on Force.com," said Adam Gross, vice president, developer marketing, salesforce.com. "We are excited to bring the benefits of Eclipse to the 125,000+ members of the Force.com developer community for their application development projects today, but also to help Eclipse developers eager to embrace the possibilities of cloud computing.

New Features of Force.com IDE and New Developer Resources:
The latest release of the Eclipse IDE for Force.com development contains several new features including:
  • Apex Language Code Editor provides code completion suggestions as they are typed for user-defined classes, system classes, and schema objects 
  • Enhanced Metadata Support adds Force.com Sites, Customer Portals, and Partner Portals to Force.com IDE projects, as well as enhancements to Schema Objects, Profiles, and Reports
  • Upgrade Wizard seamlessly upgrades any Force.com project created in previous supported versions of the IDE
Developers can find all the details in the Force.com IDE Release Notes.
First time users can follow these instructions to get coding with the new Force.com IDE.
Developers who want to learn more can read An Introduction to the Force.com IDE or visit the Force.com IDE home page.
A video explaining cloud computing in layman's terms is available here: http://www.salesforce.com/cloudcomputing/.

Developer Tools for Connecting the Clouds at developer.force.com
The Force.com IDE is available for free at http://developer.force.com, salesforce.com's developer Web site that provides the community, tools and resources to help developers build cloud computing applications on the Force.com platform. Developer.force.com has toolkits for most popular development environments, languages and frameworks - including AJAX, Eclipse, Flex, Java, .NET, PHP, Ruby on Rails, and more. Developers can also find toolkits and resources to connect their Force.com applications with other cloud computing services from Amazon, Google and Facebook to create entirely new applications in the cloud.

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