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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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Why Visualforce?

As you have seen, you can create powerful and flexible applications for the Force Platform with simply declarative methods. The Force Platform applications you create with these methods are fully functional and robust, although there are some limitations to the features of those applications. For instance, you can use a variety of different user interface styles, such as text fields, text boxes or picklists, to display fields in a standardized page, but you cannot create pages outside of that standardized look-and-feel. More importantly, the user interfaces you create implement standard functionality automatically, but you cannot necessarily change the ways that these user interfaces interact with Force Platform data, or implement ...

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