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Dreamforce 2010: Of Cloud Proliferation - Part 1
Dreamforce, salesforce.com’s annual user conference, has over the past several years become a highly anticipated and entertaining end-of-the-year fixture

n part 1  prominence) of Java, i n early 2010, salesforce.com and VMware jointly announced VMforce as the cloud platform for Java developers . The VMforce discussion and decision was admittedly the seminal moment for Benioff and his co-founder Parker Harris to decide to decouple Force.com into a more open application layer (for PaaS purposes) and a database layer for providing  Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) . Part 2 of this series will analyze the cloud offerings proliferation at salesforce.com and the

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Software Test Tools

Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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