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The Developer’s Guide to the Force.com Platform by Phil Choi, Andrew Fawcett, Glen Martin, Rick Greenwald

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Using Data Loader

As a developer, you may have found the previous process a bit tedious, with all that clicking. In addition, if you are going to perform the same load task repeatedly, with different data, you won’t want to have to go through the Import Wizard every time. The Force Platform includes the Data Loader tool for not only importing data, but also for exporting data and deleting existing records.

You can download Data Loader from the same Data Management menu you used to access the Import Wizard. Data Loader is a desktop application that uses the Force Platform API to access objects on the platform. The Data Loader application includes a user interface that walks you through the same set of tasks as the Import Wizard, in a slightly ...

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