Facebook announced last week a partnership with cloud application platform Heroku, a cloud application acquired by Salesforce last December, to help developers start working on their apps sooner without having to worry about finding a host. It will allow app developers to instantly create sample applications in their choice of language environment for free, rather than having to set up and pay for their own hosting right from the beginning. They’ll then be able to test common app functionalities and edit code to create a full-fledged custom Facebook app. Developers only need to pay if their app grows to a “large amount of traffic or users”
In the words of Cat lee “Today, we are happy to announce our partnership with Heroku as the first of these providers to be integrated into the Dev App. With Heroku, you can now start building from a sample app in your choice of languages, including PHP, Ruby, Node.js and Python at no cost. “
The developer posts details how to get started with facebook cloud services, https://developers.facebook.com/blog/post/558/. Its a nice initiative and in the cloud business, I suppose giants like Rackspace and Amazon will partner up soon. Or have you taught about GoogleApps + Facebook Cloud?
As competition for developers heats up between the major platforms, Facebook needs ways to lure innovative new third-party talent. If the Heroku partnership makes testing out the Facebook Platform easier than iOS, Android, Google+ and other platforms, it can maintain an influx of new apps that drive up time-on-site and the social network’s presence on mobile and across the web –Josh Constine