How to build apps on Salesforce's platform

Not only does Salesforce offer easy application development and deployment in the cloud, its Trailhead training site offers self-guided courses to get you there

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In the cloud world, SaaS applications are built from services. As a SaaS application becomes widely adopted, increasing numbers of customers demand features specific to their business that the SaaS provider can’t afford to build. Instead, the SaaS provider decides to expose the underlying services by making them API-accessible -- so developers can customize the application, build their own applications, or incorporate certain services into their own business workflows.

At that inflection point, the application becomes a platform.

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