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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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Metadata & the Metadata API

Throughout this book, you have been reading references to Force.com metadata. As you no doubt understand by now, metadata is the driving force behind all your Force.com applications. In your work with everything from objects and fields to reports and workflow, you have been simply defining metadata, which the Force Platform uses at runtime to determine the operation of your application and its components.

The Force.com Metadata API is used to access metadata in your Force.com organization. The Metadata API is comprised of a transport, a web service API that allows reading setup information out of a Force.com organization, and a payload—the organization setup information itself. The API provides two modes that control ...

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