Salesforce.com Unveils Force.com Development-as-a-Service, World's First Developer Tools for Using Platform-as-a-Service - Bringing the Power of Cloud Computing to the Enterprise
Force.com Development-as-a-Service includes new Force.com IDE, Force.com Metadata API, Force.com
Code Share, and Force.com Sandbox
Force.com Platform-as-a-Service and Development-as-a-Service provides necessary building
blocks for enterprise success in cloud computing
SAN FRANCISCO - salesforce.com Tour de Force Event - January 17, 2007 - Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM],
the market and technology leader in
, today announced Force.com
Development-as-a-Service, a new set of development tools and APIs that enable enterprise developers
to easily harness the promise of cloud computing. Providing full access to the database, logic and
user interface capabilities of the Force.com Platform, Development-as-a-Service unites the
productivity of development and IT collaboration tools with the power of Force.com
Platform-as-a-Service. Force.com Development-as-a-Service includes the new Force.com Metadata API,
the Force.com Integrated Development Environment (IDE), the Force.com Sandbox, and Force.com Code
Share to provide developers with a comprehensive set of services to build enterprise
"Cloud computing is giving developers around the world access to unlimited computing power
delivered completely as a utility service," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, salesforce.com.
"Just as Platform-as-a-Service provides enterprise IT with a new model for platforms to run
applications in the cloud, Development-as-a-Service provides a new model for development tools,
giving developers the power to create applications for the cloud. The addition of
Development-as-a-Service to the Force.com Platform will accelerate the transition of IT from last
generation software to a new generation of services."
"Force.com and Development-as-a-Service are enabling my IT organization to do custom
application development-as-a-service via the Internet, without having to install and maintain
infrastructure," said Douglas Menefee, CIO, The Schumacher Group. "Salesforce.com is helping us
leverage cloud computing as a strategic advantage for our enterprise."
Force.com - The World's First Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
Platform-as-a-Service provides a comprehensive Cloud
Computing Architecture to revolutionize application creation and delivery. Provided completely as a
service via the Internet, the Force.com Platform provides the necessary building blocks to enable
business application creation and delivery, without the need for software and hardware
By replacing the cost and complexity of software platforms with a complete, scalable service,
Force.com provides developers the fastest path to turn ideas into business impact. The Force.com
PaaS encompasses a complete feature set for the creation of business applications, including the
ability to create any database on demand, a workflow engine for managing collaboration between
users, the Apex Code programming language for building complex logic, the Force.com Web Services
API for programmatic access, mash-ups, and integration with other applications and data, and
Visualforce for a framework to build any User-Interface-as-a-Service.
Development-as-a-Service: Powering Developer Productivity on Force.com
Development-as-a-Service will power developer productivity by providing a complete lifecycle
for PaaS application development. With Force.com Development-as-a-Service, both corporate IT and
ISVs gain APIs for development and change management, developer productivity tools, Force.com test
environments, the ability to integrate with source code control and management systems, and more.
Force.com Development-as-a-Service provides:
Force.com Metadata API - Just like the existing Force.com
API lets development teams access and integrate the data in their Force.com applications, the new
Force.com Metadata API lets developers programmatically create and manage the code and metadata
that those applications are built with. Providing access to the database schema, Apex code
and Visualforce user interfaces that comprise a Force.com application, the Metadata API can be used
to integrate with development tools and processes in a similar way the Force.com API can be used to
integration with existing applications and systems.
Force.com IDE - The Force.com IDE is the world's first IDE
for Platform-as-a-Service. Built on Eclipse, the Force.com IDE provides a means to manage all
standard development tasks, such as project views, HTML composition, rich code editing with error
tracking, and more - providing developers with a powerful and familiar environment for creating
Force.com Sandbox - The Force.com Sandbox provides a
separate on-demand application environment for development, testing, and training. Cloning entire
development projects - an exact replica that includes all customizations and data - is a simple,
one-click process. The Force.com Sandbox provides a means for testing new customizations or
features and for building and testing integrations and internally built applications.
Force.com Code Share - With the new Force.com Code Share,
developers across engineering organizations - or around the world - can collaborate on the
development, testing and deployment of their PaaS applications. Integrating with most
standards-based source control management systems, Code Share lets developers store the definitions
of their Force.com applications in source control, and deploy those applications in either their
Force.com Sandbox or production environments. And by connecting to Internet open source
communities, including project hosting on Google Code http://code.google.com/hosting/, Code Share
lets developers from anywhere in the world connect and collaborate in creating Force.com
Force.com Metadata API, Force IDE and Force.com Code Share are now in developer preview and
available for free at
. Force.com Sandbox is
available for a fee with other
. Customers who purchase
salesforce.com applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are
Force.com Platform and the AppExchange
Force.com reinvents the traditional development, deployment and distribution of any business
application with platform-as-a-service. Developers, customers and partners can use Force.com to
easily create a new generation of on-demand applications and deploy them worldwide as a
service. Force.com allows applications to be easily shared, exchanged and installed with a
few simple clicks via Salesforce.com's AppExchange marketplace, enabling all the innovation that
Force.com unleashes to be easily distributed to the entire on-demand community.
The AppExchange economy continues to expand, with thousands of customers installing
applications via the AppExchange. Customers of all sizes can quickly and easily extend Salesforce
with additional on-demand business applications available on the AppExchange, found at
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