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Mastering Application Development with Force.com by Kevin J. Poorman

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Summary

Regardless of the method used for deployment, the goal is to move your changes from your development sandbox to production. For smaller code changes, a single class and its tests, or for declarative metadata, such as page layouts and object additions, I prefer the public audit trail provided by change sets. On the other hand, if I'm deploying an entire features' worth of code and tests, I almost always go for an IDE or Ant deployment. And if there's more than one developer deploying metadata, I always automate the process with a continuous integration tool with Ant. Remember that the only way to remove metadata from a production org is through the Ant toolkit or the Force.com IDE. This is reason enough to learn the pointy details of the ...

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