Running apps in the cloud is great because there are no servers to configure, no software to install, and no ongoing maintenance of your infrastructure. This tutorial teaches you how to build a cloud app in two easy steps.
If you haven't already done so, start by registering for a free Force.com Developer Edition instance of Salesforce ("DE org" for short). Use an email address that you can access immediately, submit the form, and wait for an activation email. Once you receive the activation email, open it, click the login link, and set your password.
Now you’re in the Force.com's browser-based application development environment and ready to begin building an app.
Creating the foundation of a basic cloud app with Force.com requires just a few mouse clicks. In this tutorial, you use the App Quick Start wizard to create an app that can help you manage merchandise records in a warehouse.
From the Force.com Home page, click the big Add App button in the Getting Started section. (If you're starting from somewhere else, click <your_name> | Setup to return to the Force.com Home page).
Next, fill in the form as follows to match this screen, then click Create:
Once the wizard finishes, click Go To My App, Start Tour, and follow along for a quick overview of your app's user interface.
To try out your new app, just click New to create a new record of Merchandise.
Then add a new merchandise record for "Laptop" computers.
The app you just created is very simple -- or is it? Look closely around the screen to see all of the functionality available by default to your Warehouse app.
Again, you did all this in 5 minutes without any coding!
Building our simple app was fast! But don’t let this basic app fool you. Force.com is a powerful platform that lets you build much more sophisticated apps just as easily, and without a shred of code. While you can add code to enhance the app, the next few tutorials are going to stick with a simple, code-free development theme.