We know that you know that the Force.com platform is a powerful place to implement your cloud computing applications. But, the world being what it is, sometimes you have to integrate your Force.com applications and data with other systems.
Ace developer Edwin Khodabakchian recently blogged about how easy it was for him to access data in the Force.com data store, with the help of the Force.com IDE. Edwin was able to go from zero (knowledge of the Force.com platform) to integration hero in less that 3 hours! He used Apex code and Visualforce to quickly create a data extract ready to roll in a JSON format.
Edwin was impressed with the high level of data abstraction, which makes data access quick and easy, as well as the ability to immediately see the results of his work, a standard feature of the Force.com environment.
Edwin did it, and so can you!