Salesforce.com announces a new version of its Eclipse-based Force.com integrated development environment that provides developers with a development and testing environment to create cloud computing applications on the Force.com platform.
Salesforce.com has unveiled a new version of its Eclipse-based Force.com
integrated development environment.
Announced in conjunction with the EclipseCon
for developers who use the open-source Eclipse Java development
platform, Salesforce.com's Force.com IDE
extends Eclipse beyond traditional software development and provides developers
with a development and testing environment to create cloud computing applications
on the Force.com platform, the company said.
New features of the latest release of the Eclipse IDE
for Force.com development environment includes the Apex Language Code Editor,
which provides code completion suggestions as they are typed for user-defined
classes, system classes and schema objects; enhanced metadata support, which
adds Force.com sites, customer portals and partner portals to Force.com IDE
projects; enhancements to schema objects, profiles and reports; and an upgrade wizard
that upgrades any Force.com project created in previous supported versions of
the IDE, the company said.
"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 of developer marketing for
Salesforce.com, in a statement. "We are excited to bring the benefits of
Eclipse to the 125,000-plus 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."
"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, a
user of the Force.com IDE. "Our IT
department has found that building apps in the cloud on Force.com has been
demonstrably faster than on a .NET
The Force.com IDE is available for free
, Salesforce.com's developer Website that provides
the community, tools and resources to help developers build cloud computing
applications on the Force.com platform, the company said.
Developer.force.com has tool kits for most popular development environments,
languages and frameworks-including AJAX,
Eclipse, Flex, Java, .NET, PHP and Ruby on
Rails, Salesforce.com officials said. Developers also can find tool kits 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, the company said.