When getting acquainted with new technologies I believe that users shouldn’t have to spend more than 15 minutes getting something simple up and running. I wanted to apply this idea to building an app on the Salesforce REST APIs so I built Quick Force (Node). In about 12 minutes you can deploy a Node.js app on Heroku that uses the Salesforce REST APIs, setup OAuth, then pull the app down to your local machine, make and test changes, and then redeploy those changes. Check out a video walkthrough:
Ok, now give it a try yourself by following the instructions in Quick Force (Node)!
I hope this will be the quickest and easiest way you’ve gotten started with the Salesforce REST APIs. Let me know how it goes!
FYI: This *should* work on Windows but I haven’t tested it there yet. So if you have any problems please let me know.