Friday, February 19, 2010

Development time in SFDC vs. .Net and Java

Well I suppose, it is the most sellable statement in SFDC's list of features/advantages of using SFDC over .Net and Java. Well, having worked on SFDC I believe that there is more to it.

SFDC is one of the most innovative platforms and gives us all (almost) what we need to develop enterprise level business applications. With a lot of out-of-the box functionalities and innovative On-demand platform, it is my platform well I suppose it is the most sellable statement in SFDC's list of features/advantages of using SFDC over .Net and Java. Well, having worked on SFDC I believe that there is more to it.

SFDC is one of the most innovative platforms and gives us all (almost) what we need to develop enterprise level business applications. With a lot of out-of-the box functionalities and innovative On-demand platform, it is my platform of choice for developing business applications. But, as I mentioned that there are hidden elements in SFDC development.

SFDC Configuration:- With Object relationships, Vanilla UI (default), Formula fields, Roll-up summary fields, Workflows, Approvals, email templates and many more out-of-the-box features, SFDC is a very rich platform. The features are easy to use and configure and lets us of choice for developing business applications.

SFDC Customization:- with powerful apex and Visualforce and awesome SOAP web Services its a truly class customization platform.

Myth:- Development in Salesforce is 5+ times faster than .Net or Java

Fact:- This is a contextual statement. In case the development is done using SFDC Configuration only, then offcourse I would say its 5 (or even more) times faster than .Net or Java. The deployment is seamless and you don't even need to worry about performance and security. But, when you get into realm of custom logic (Apex) and custom UI (visualforce), I have seen that it is not like that. It has to go through all the same stages and has to face same conventional issues.

So, I would say that development in SFDC is faster than that in .Net and Java but saying that it is 5 times is contextual based on how you choose to develop in SFDC.

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