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Salesforce.com flexes its on-demand platform.

Salesforce.com has included Adobe Flex functionality to it's Apex platform. The move means that developers using salesforce.com's Apex platform can now deploy rich Internet applications using the Flex toolkit.

New today is news that Salesforce.com has included Adobe Flex functionality to it's Apex platform. The move means that developers using salesforce.com's Apex platform can now deploy rich Internet applications using the Flex toolkit. Salesforce.com specialise in customer relationship management and manage information for more than 29,000 customers.

The Apex platform is a way of creating reusable components, which can be shared or exchanged using their AppExchange application directory.

By integrating Flex salesforce.com expands their on-demand programming language and platform to support interfaces made using the Flex toolkit. Flex compiles MXML interfaces and ActionScript into binary Flash files, allowing them to be embedded within salesforce.com applications. This allows rapid development of graphical user interfaces for web applications supporting drag and drop and the inclusion of rich media. The use of Flex also simplifies deployment of rich internet applications since Flex uses the Adobe Flash Player, which Adobe claims is installed on 700 million systems worldwide.

"Flex and Apex are a perfect match," said vice president of Adobe's Enterprise and Developer Business Unit Jeff Whatcott. "Blending the leading rich Internet application framework with the leading on-demand application platform means better applications delivered with less effort. We're entering an era in which developers can deliver truly rich enterprise applications on-demand, across platforms, both in the browser and directly on the desktop using the forthcoming Apollo runtime."

Posted by Nick Gibson.

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