At DreamForce, the Salesforce CEO announced the acquisition of Heroku, a popular Ruby on Rails hosting platform and framework.
It is extremely exciting to see Salesforce, who have been at the forefront of “platform as a service”, which most CRMs have become, to get behind Ruby as what they see as the cloud language.
Salesforce’s application framework consists of technologies such as Java (or Apex), VisualForce and SOAP. Although even with those technologies integration with Ruby on Rails is very feasible, as a recent project CRMe completed has shown, but with this move and the introduction of REST APIs imminent, this level of integration is surely going to improve. We may soon see a new Salesforce Ruby Gem or plugin, and of course Heroku module, which will benefit businesses with better and faster ways to develop apps.