Cloud computing is incomplete without defining the importance of Salesforce.com. Salesforce.com transformed the way in which business connect with their customers with the introduction of Salesforce CRM software. Force.com remains the most successful product from Salesforce.com which is a platform-as-a-service tool using which custom employee apps can be developed and deployed. Development and implementation of quicker cloud-based solutions became successful ever since the introduction of Force.com platform.
The significance of Force.com platform
The introduction of PaaS has made tremendous progress in the ‘as-a-service’ segment by providing effective development, deployment, and maintenance of mobile applications as well as web-based applications. Developers are able to develop and implement the hosted applications on a secure and intuitive platform using Force.com Salesforce application development. Businesses do not need to have a deeper technical knowledge in understanding how a Salesforce CRM has to be used.
Features of Force.com platform
- Multi-tenant architecture
- A single code base and infrastructure shared by users and apps
- The apps embedded within a structured database
- The basic functionality of the app is stored as a metadata within the database
Other features that can be of use for businesses include developing dashboards, approval services, producing reports and workflows etc.
User-friendly features and usability are some of the key features that makes Force.com platform distinct from its competitors. It had made its presence felt among most of the users with the Developer edition available for free by just filling up a registration form.
An object creation is a very simple and easier process in Force.com.
- Go to set up page
- Click the ‘Create’ option in the menu denoted towards the left side
- Click the option titled ‘Objects’
- Click the ‘New Custom Object’ button
A fill in the blanks column would pop-up which needs to be filled in to define the basic properties of the object.
- Fill in the Custom Object Information section
- Fill the details required in the ‘Enter the Record Name Label and Format’ section
- Click the ‘Save’ button
Development Consoles remains a major attraction of Force.com platform. It offers an integrated platform comprised of a comprehensive list of tools capable of developing, debugging and testing of the codes tailored for Salesforce customization services. A separate window in the basic interface is used for the functioning of development consoles and thereby giving greater access for the users within the Force.com platform itself.
Here are some features of using developer consoles.
- Create Classes
- View and edit classes and triggers
- Visualforce pages can be viewed and edited
- Queries can be edited and run
- The query results would be displayed as a grid which helps you read and modify the record data
- Displays debug logs
- Checkpoints can be set
Salesforce1 mobile app
Force.com platform was capable of integrating the Salesforce application development platform with the mobile phone by means of introducing Salesforce1 mobile app. Users can have access to the advantages offered by the cloud based platform in Android and iOS devices using Salesforce1 mobile app. The mobile app functions similar to the browser applications and tabs are used for displaying the object functionality. It only takes less time to develop, implement and run an app in a mobile device.
Advantages of Salesforce1 mobile app include:
- Huge number of default tabs made available
- Comprised of a vast collection of APIs
Salesforce – A powerful Cloud-based Platform
Force.com was successful in reducing the complexities in application development and providing improved Salesforce customization services. It also has a large developer community wherein users can actively engage in discussions with developer user groups and discussion forums. Instructions are made available to the users as workbook sets, developer tools and documentation sets. It also offers a wide range of Salesforce support services to smaller businesses by allowing them to upload the cloud app within a shorter duration.