LABS GALLERY: Eclipse Plug-in Taps into Force.com

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LABS GALLERY: Eclipse Plug-in Taps into Force.com

by Jeff Cogswell

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Installation

Installing the Eclipse plug-in for Force.com is a simple matter of using the built-in Eclipse software update.

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Link to Force.com

Once installed, the plug-in includes a page that links you to the Force.com developer site.

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Credentials

Creating a new Force.com project requires that you provide your credentials, which can be obtained from the Force.com site. (A starter level is available for free.)

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Metadata Components

Metadata components play a fundamental part in the Force.com applications and infrastructure. When you create a new project, you can specify which components your application needs.

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Apex Support

The plug-in enhances the editor to support Force.com's Apex programming language.

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On-the-Fly Code Testing

The plug-in also includes an interesting capability that lets you test out blocks of code on the fly right on the Force.com servers.

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Database Exploration

You can explore the databases and schemas right from within Eclipse, and execute queries against the databases.

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