This chapter introduces the concepts, terminology, and technology components of the Force.com platform and its context in the broader Platform as a Service (PaaS) landscape. The goal is to provide context for exploring Force.com within a corporate software development organization. If any of the following sentences describe you, this chapter is intended to help:
• You have read about cloud computing or PaaS and want to learn how Force.com compares to other technologies.
• You want to get started with Force.com but need to select a suitable first project.
• You have a project in mind to build on Force.com and want to learn how you can leverage existing development skills and process.
This chapter consists of three sections: ...