I just ran into a cool comparison article at the SAP Community Network: Top 5 Database Platforms - the Developer Experience Exposed. I was searching for something completely different, and yet, it was a fun revelation, a good read, and it lead me to a surprising visit at a development source I haven't tried yet.
After meddling with Saleforce's developer website, I can say that it was an interesting experience and that I can imagine myself giving it more time, sometime in the future. The headline tells it all: the time it takes to create a first working app (not of the hello world" variation) is amazingly short. Most definitely worth the experience.
This got me rethinking about cloud-based-development. I'm still letting it sink in, but considering what one could choose in the past in comparison to the vast and rich possibilities waiting out there for anyone entering web development, made me green with envy.
So, if you haven't tried it yet, why don't you try out Saleforce's developer website?