Developer Force is salesforce.com's free developer program for the Force.com platform. The Developer Force website is a free community-based online portal for developers, where developers can learn, access key resources, and discuss a diverse set of topics anchored around the Force.com platform. These topics include Apex Code, Visualforce, Web service APIs, database topics, packaging and distribution of your applications, and much more.
The Force.com Developer Community comprises primary of a technical body of developers and architects, system administrators and IT management.
The Force.com platform offers an extremely powerful, scalable and secure cloud computing platform. You can develop, package and instantaneously deploy applications without any infrastructure. This entire web site is dedicated to all things Force.com.
The primary goal for Developer Force is to promote community, learning and conversations. This is done through articles, the blogging community and its blogs, tech notes, sample code, providing a free Developer Edition account, together with discussion boards, RSS feeds, documentation, webinars, on-demand sessions, newsletters, event calendar and wikis.
To help drive conversation, Developer Force publishes several articles every month, the blogging community contributes its own, less formal, content. Note that you will also be able to contribute via the wiki.
There are a number of ways in which you can participate in Developer Force:
Finally, you can become a registered member of Developer Force itself. Registered users can comment on articles, blogs and tech notes, post on the discussion boards, use the wiki, signup for a Developer Edition account and enjoy various discount programs.