After two years in development, Salesforce launches its web-based IDE in beta – TechCrunch

Regular TechCrunch readers may recall that Salesforce made a splash with the about two years ago (in June 2020). Notice by Code Builder, a web-based integrated development environment (IDE) modeled on GitHub Codespaces. Mum has been the word since, but today Salesforce unceremoniously dropped the Code Builder beta, which the company describes in a blog entry Developed as “a development environment optimized for Salesforce”.

As promised a few summers ago, Code Builder – powered by Amazon Web Services – allows developers to launch an IDE in their browser from within their Salesforce org. In addition to features like code completion, search, and refactoring, Code Builder comes with support for Salesforce frameworks and comes preloaded with tools including Salesforce extensions.

Predictably, Code Builder plays well with Salesforce-developed programming languages, including Apex and Lightning Web Components, and offers autocompletion for all. (Apex is commonly used to build software-as-a-service applications on Salesforce’s CRM platforms, while Lightning web components are custom web elements built using HTML and JavaScript.) The IDE allows developers to make changes to Test and deploy Apex classes and Lightning web components, or create and run a Salesforce Object Query Language query to search an organization’s Salesforce data for specific information.

As you’d expect, Code Builder also has built-in integration with version control systems like GitHub.

GitHub code generator

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“Code Builder includes the same extensions as the Salesforce Extension Pack for Visual Studio Code, and it looks and feels similar to the Visual Studio Code user interface,” said Mohith Shrivastava, Lead Developer Advocate at Salesforce, in the aforementioned blog post. “So if you’re a Visual Studio Code user and have used our tools like the Salesforce extension pack, you should feel right at home.”

A few words of warning before you try Code Builder: Salesforce limits usage to 20 hours for a maximum of 30 days for the duration of the beta. The company also doesn’t promise that Code Builder environments won’t be deleted without warning, and it says it will eventually remove all beta environments before Code Builder is generally available.

Lest the introduction of Code Builder be interpreted as Salesforce’s departure from desktop IDEs, the company strongly asserts that this is not the case. “Our strategy is to have a set of IDE extensions that customers can access from either [Microsoft Visual Studio Code] or Code Builder,” continued Shrivastava. “As such, we will continue to develop and maintain the Salesforce extension pack to support both VS Code on desktop and Code Builder in browser.”

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