Udacity and salesforce.com have teamed up to build a course that will teach you how to build web and mobile apps and host them in the cloud on Salesforce Platform. Without writing a line of code. Pretty cool, huh?

There are a lot of reasons we’re excited about Introduction to Salesforce App Development: It’s a job relevant class, built together with industry.

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Udacity is committed to providing opportunities for our students to learn career-relevant skills and to helping companies meet the ever increasing demand for a tech-savvy workforce.

That’s the whole premise of our Open Education Alliance and we’re really fortunate to be able to collaborate with salesforce.com and other industry leaders on this mission. Whether you’re looking to become a Salesforce developer, hoping to use Salesforce more effectively to get your work done, or just looking to build something, this course is a great first step.

As we built this class, we went out and talked to Salesforce developers at work — one of whom was David Liu, a Salesforce developer at Google. David articulated one of the reasons we’re so enthusiastic about launching this class: “One really cool thing about Salesforce is how quickly you can become a good developer. From not knowing how to code a single line, in six months time you can probably learn enough to get a job as a Salesforce developer.”

And Kim Wallins from Hire On-Demand, a leading recruiting agency for Salesforce talent, pointed out, “Demand for Force.com Developers far exceeds supply. As a result, Force.com Developers are calling the shots. Raking in multiple job offers for both full-time and contracting opportunities, Force.com Developers are dictating pay and a range of perks from employers who are uber-eager for the talent. There has never been a better time to become a Force.com Developer.”

So now is the time to go after that dream job. Get started on that goal with our Introduction to Salesforce App Development. We hope this class will help many of our students along to the next stop in your career in tech!

It’s perfect timing for Dreamforce … We’re so excited about this course, we’re celebrating the launch at Dreamforce, Salesforce’s annual conference in San Francisco–the largest cloud computing event of the year with 120,000 registrants, including 20,000+ developers. We’re here today — with a booth in the Developer Zone (Moscone West, 2nd Floor). If you’re here, swing by to see us. We’ll be demoing the class and would love to hear about how you use Salesforce, apps you’ve built, or ideas for apps that you might work on after taking this class.

Our CEO, Sebastian Thrun, will be at Dreamforce as well, giving a talk on “Creating a New University” at 4pm tomorrow (Tuesday, 11/19), in the Developer Zone Community Theater.  Come check it out and hear all about Sebastian’s vision of how new approaches to higher education will fundamentally transform society.

… and a $1 Million Hackathon

Yes, you read that right. At the Dreamforce hackathon (happening right now), there’s a $1,000,000 grand prize for building an amazing app (which is exactly what our class will teach you how to do!).

We weren’t kidding when we said there are a lot of reasons to be excited about the class. We’re also excited about other courses Salesforce and Udacity could work on together. While this course focuses on point-and-click development; keep an eye out for more advanced courses on the programmatic side of Salesforce development.

So check out the course today and come see us at Dreamforce if you’re going. Once you’ve started the class, let us know what you’re going to build at social@udacity.com!