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Visualforce is Now Live – Enabling the Creation of Any User Interface

A breakthrough for the Platform-as-a-Service industry, Visualforce is a new technology for developing powerful user interfaces (UIs) for any application built on, including Salesforce. Now, customers, partners and developers can develop interfaces just as elegant as the industry’s leading technologies. Visualforce includes all the resources developers need to build rich, interactive applications and user experiences for a variety of audiences, applications, and devices. More than 4,000 developers have already created more than 11,000 custom interfaces in the Visualforce developer preview program.

Combined with the powerful logic and workflow intelligence provided by Apex Code, Visualforce offers the flexibility to meet the requirements of applications that feature many different types of users on a variety of devices. Visualforce uses the best of Internet technology, including HTML, AJAX and Adobe Flex, for business applications, making them as innovative and as effective as their consumer Web counterparts. Visualforce features include:

  • Pages – this capability enables the design definition of an application’s user interface.
  • Components – this provides the ability to create new applications that automatically match the look and feel of Salesforce applications or easily customize and extend the Salesforce user interface to specific customer and user requirements.
  • Apex Controllers - The controller enables customers to build any user interface
  • Static Resources - Provides the capability to easily create, reference, and manage the assets used to create UIs—including images, style sheets, JavaScript libraries, and other browser components.
  • Inline Page and Controller Editing - In Visualforce development mode, customers can edit Visualforce pages and Apex controllers directly from the runtime view of any page.

Harnessing the Power of Collaboration for Employees, Customers and Partners Salesforce Summer ’08 empowers companies to use Web 2.0 collaboration technologies to transform their business and partner, customer and employee communities.

Salesforce Content brings the power of SaaS to managing unstructured data within an enterprise by utilizing the best of consumer Web technologies such as tagging, subscriptions and recommendations. Salesforce Content users manage their documents and unstructured data directly in Salesforce to improve productivity and effectiveness in every corner of the enterprise.

Salesforce Content, with the introduction of Summer ’08, is the perfect complement to all of the Salesforce CRM applications. Companies can now collaborate in Salesforce Content with their partners and customers in the Salesforce Partner Portal and Salesforce Customer Portal. Using the appropriate portals, partners and customers will be able to quickly and easily gain access to relevant content.

“Now we can collaborate with our entire community. With Salesforce Content, we have enhanced the experience of our customers by delivering the right information when it’s needed most,” said Steven Frers, Vice-President of Service and Support at CompassLearning. /PR

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