This chapter has provided an introduction to the basic functionality of the Force Platform IDE. You learned how to install and use the IDE to interact with the metadata that makes up the core of your Force Platform applications. You also learned how the Force Platform IDE exchanges metadata with your Force Platform server, and how you can find and resolve differences between the metadata in the two locations.
The chapter also gave you a quick introduction to the use of source code management systems, which can be crucial in coordinating the work of teams of developers.
In subsequent chapters, you will use the Force Platform IDE for creating and testing Apex code, as well as deploying your applications.