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Dreamforce 2010: Of Cloud Proliferation - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of Dreamforce 2010, salesforce.com’s annual user conference, which has over the past several years become

apex business computing  cloud platform (and its Apex code), salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and his co-founder Parker Harris have recently decided to decouple Force.com into a more open application layer, for  platform as a service (PaaS)  purposes and a database layer for providing  infrastructure as a service (IaaS) .  Database in the Cloud The latter layer was named database.com , which should help to attract Java, Ruby on Rails, PHP, Perl, etc. developers, who have likely perceived Force.com (Apex) as non-mainstream

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