Salesforce.com has announced the availability of the Force.com Toolkit for Adobe Air and Flex, which enables the development of rich internet applications (RIAs) on the Force.com platform.
Developers will be able to combine the capabilities of Adobe RIA technologies with their Force.com projects, allowing business applications to use the platform-as-a-service method both online and offline.
Adobe announced the availability of Adobe Air earlier this week. Freely available at Salesforce's website, the new Salesforce toolkit will help developers create new RIAs that use the capabilities of Adobe RIA technologies, including Adobe Flex 3, Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Air software, with their Force.com projects and offerings.
Developers can also publish applications built with Adobe Flex and deployed on Adobe Air on the Salesforce AppExchange marketplace, making them immediately available to salesforce.com's customer and developer communities.
With the toolkit, Flex developers now have direct access to the Force.com web services API, allowing for the easy creation of new web applications that connect directly to Force.com's database, logic and workflow capabilities.
Using the Adobe Air component in the toolkit, information from Force.com can automatically be made available offline, allowing developers to extend their Force.com applications with Adobe Air, bridging the dynamic capabilities of the web with the computing power and data capabilities of the desktop, said Salesforce.