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Salesforce.com Tools Accelerate Mobile Development

Salesforce.com has expanded the number of mobile software application development frameworks it supports at the same time as creating a group of templates for programmers to code to.

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Four new "mobile packs" now arrive for Knockout.js, Appery.io, Sencha, and Xamarin. These templates are hoped to enable developers to build apps using the tools and frameworks they know, to connect to Salesforce business data.

The new tools fall into the Salesforce Platform Mobile Services group and include: Mobile Design Templates a Mobile Gallery for building micro-moment apps, new Developer Mobile Packs (as already mentioned) for developers to choose how they connect to critical customer data, and the new SmartSync Data Framework to simplify the creation of offline mobile apps.

The firm's vice president of developer relations Adam Seligman points to the resurgence of JavaScript and says that there is now an expectation for beautifully designed engaging apps. "Enterprise developers need new tools to deliver these apps," he said.

"Engaging design is no longer a barrier to enterprise mobile app developers. Available today are more than 20 open source HTML5/CSS templates for the most common business micro-moments. These pre-designed templates are a snap to edit and connect with any customer data in Salesforce by using your favorite Mobile Pack," added Seligman.

With the new SmartSync Data Framework, the promise is that developers can build apps that work anywhere, whether users are online or offline. The SmartSync Data Framework eliminates the need to create thousands of lines of code for important business functionality and manages offline data, synchronizing it once connectivity is restored.

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