An Introduction to Point-and-Click App Building with Force.com Share on facebook 0 Share on twitter 0 Share on linkedin 0 customize standard objects such as Contact, Account, and User create and manage custom objects (aka tables) manage user interface components that correspond to objects, such as page layouts build reports to list and summarize data declare simple but powerful business logic such as workflow rules and approval processes develop, execute, and test custom business logic, including Apex class methods (stored procedures) and database triggers develop custom user interfaces using Visualforce pages This article introduces you to Force.com's browser-based user interface and provides an overview of the different menus, including how you can use it to create and control your Force.com applications and environment. After reading this article, you will have a good overview of what you can accomplish with the Force.com interface and how to use it. Force.com Metadata The Force.com platform provides an enormous amount of functionality and flexibility, all of which is driven by underlying metadata. Force.com metadata is a collection of attributes that describe most components of data and applications that operate on the platform. Metadata describes the data structures in your environment, the declarative functionality implemented on the platform — even the applications you build on the platform. To understand the power and reach of metadata, simply access a data record held in Force.com. When you access the record in your Force.com environment, the platform uses metadata to understand the structure of the record, the user interfaces defined for the record, the applications that use the user interface, even the security on that data and application. To read more about metadata and its role, read An Introduction to Force.com Metadata . Why is there a discussion about metadata here in article about a user interface? Because Force.com's Web-based development environment presents you with pages and wizards to define the underlying metadata for your environment. When you enter or edit values through point-and-click tools, you are setting values for the underlying metadata. The Force.com IDE , an integrated development environment based on Eclipse, also manages metadata when you develop application components. But instead of acting through a Web interface, the Force.com IDE downloads textual representations of the metadata for manipulation on a local client and then uploads modified metadata to Force.com when you apply changes. The Structure of Force.com's Development Environment All Force.com users have access to the Force.com's development environment from any application through the Setup link in the upper right side of the page.
Clicking on the Setup link opens the Force.com Home Page.
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- Winter '17