Friday, March 24, 2006

Salesforce plugs into Eclipse

Source: Computer Business Review

Adding another option for developers, Inc has joined the Eclipse Foundation as a voting member and releasing a new AppExchange toolkit as a plug-in.

According to Adam Gross, vice president of developer marketing, the goal is to provide developers better tools for building Ajax-style rich web clients or mashups using Salesforce's AppExchange services marketplace.

Under the arrangement, Salesforce becomes an add-in member, meaning that it contributes tooling, gains voting rights, but is not part of the board. Furthermore, the tie-in with Eclipse does not mean that is becoming a Java shop.

Instead, said Gross, it is to provide access to better tooling, much as its agreement with Microsoft provides that part of Salesforce's customer and developer base access to the Microsoft Office toolkit.

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