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Development with the Force.com Platform: Building Business Applications in the Cloud, Third Edition by Jason Ouellette

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Objects

Strictly speaking, Force.com does not store objects in its database. Force.com’s objects are more closely related to database tables than they are to anything in object-oriented programming. Objects contain fields, which are equivalent to the columns of a database table. Data is stored in objects in the form of records, like rows in a database table.

Objects belong to one of two categories: standard and custom. Standard objects provide data for Salesforce applications like Sales Cloud or core platform functionality such as user identity. They are built in to Force.com and cannot be removed, although you can extend them by adding your own fields. Custom objects are defined by you, the developer, and you’ll be spending most of your time ...

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