Nov. 8, 2022 · 5 minutes
Before understanding Apex, we should have a basic knowledge of Salesforce. So, let’s take a look and understand what Salesforce is. Although we all working in an IT company, I have heard the word "Salesforce" but don’t know what it exactly is? So Salesforce is the #1 CRM (Customer Relationship Management) platform that is used across the globe which allows its customers to develop and use their application online without the need of buying the infrastructure, doing the setup and managing everything. Before Salesforce, companies used to host their CRM solutions on their own server, and it took months and sometimes years to set up everything and the cost for all this became too high to afford. Salesforce then came up with the solution of SaaS (Software as A Service) and replacing the lengthy installation process, expensive license contracts just by allowing the facility to maintain everything on Cloud and that by paying only a few dollars month’s subscriptions. Its lightning platform allows the customers to only concentrate on creating the application in the fastest, easy and effective way.
After understanding what the Salesforce is you must be thinking about Apex and its role in Salesforce. So, Apex is basically a programming language like Java, Python, etc. Apex is strongly typed (which means that we have to explicitly define the data type of data and compiler will consider the data of the specified type and no other type), object-oriented (based on the concept of objects like Java) programming language which is used by the developers creating an application on Flow.com server. Developers can execute flow and transaction control statements along with making the API calls to the Flow.com API using Apex. Apex revolutionizes the way developers create on-demand applications. It allows the customers to add business logic to their application.
Apex allows its developers to create complex CRM application providing access to the Salesforce database and client-server interfaces to create third-party SaaS application. It also allows customizing pre-built applications according to the complex business requirements. Apex provides so many facilities to create an application. Below are some important reasons for choosing Apex for development of an application:
Apex runs entirely on the on-demand lighting platform and all the data (code) is saved on the cloud. So, there is no overhead of storing the code and maintaining it.
When the developer writes the code and saves it to the platform application server, the server first compiles the code into a set of instructions that can be understood by Apex runtime interpreter and then saves those instructions as metadata.
When the end-user triggers to execute the Apex code, the platform application server retrieves those compiled instructions which are saved as metadata and send them to runtime interpreter and then sends the result to the clients.
As every industry is moving towards cloud from IT and CRM is working great with that helping the companies to reduce the overhead of infrastructure and all and rather focus on expanding the business. Apex, the language used in Salesforce development is getting acceptable by big organizations like AWS, U.S. Bank, Dell, Accenture, Deloitte, farmers insurance, etc. as it helps in enhancing their business. With the goal of moving towards an on-demand and multi-tenant platform, organizations are looking for people who have good knowledge in Salesforce development like Salesforce Development, Salesforce Admin, Change Management, Territory Management, Produce Catalog, Deployment Strategies and much more. It is loud and clear how learning Salesforce can change the whole career path and open new jobs for IT professionals.