After going through some of the recent toolkit launches, I sat back and looked at all the toolkits, and integration options that are currently available. It is safe to say there are a lot, many of which are new; others you may not have even know exist. Here's a quick list, in no particular order:
|Java||.Net||Mac OS X & iOS|
|Ruby On Rails||Android||Azure|
Of course, the big news in connectivity these days is the launch of the REST API – this opens up so many opportunities for connecting to Force.com. There are already a bunch of recipes in the Cookbook describing how to use the REST API with Ruby, and PHP for example, and Sandeep just published a great article on using the REST API for Android development. Needless to say, we've you got you covered if you are looking at the REST API for connectivity.
The Recent Toolkits
Developer Force published a number of articles about the recent toolkits (either new or updated) – these provide great starting guides if you're looking to integrate:
- Getting Started with the Force.com Toolkit for iOS
- Getting Started with the Force.com Toolkit for PHP
- Getting Started with the Force.com Toolkit for Azure
- Getting Started with the Force.com Toolkit for Ruby
- Getting Started with the Force.com Toolkit for Facebook (beta)
- Getting Started with the Force.com Toolkit for Android
How to Contribute
The great thing about such open connectivity is that, although many start from the us in the Developer Evangelism team (Dave, me, Sandeep, Pat, Josh, and Steve), there is such an active greater Force.com developer community that we constantly see contributions to the projects listed on GitHub, Code Share, and discussion boards. It is always rewarding to see projects take on a life of their own. After all, the best sort of Force.com connectivity is with the community who make the Cloud such a great place to be!