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Salesforce.com API

Salesforce.com API provides programmatic access to an organization�s information and allows developers to implement custom functionality. The worldwide leader in on-demand customer relationship management (CRM) services. More companies trust their vital customer and sales data to salesforce.com than any other on-demand CRM company in the world. The Apex platform and API extends Salesforce and the AppExchange is a directory of on-demand applications.

The Force.com web services API allows users to create, retrieve, update or delete records, such as accounts, leads, and custom objects. With more than 20 different calls, the API also allows users to maintain passwords, perform searches, and much more.

The REST-based Bulk API is optimized for loading or deleting large sets of data. It allows users to query, insert, update, upsert, or delete a large number of records asynchronously by submitting a number of batches which are processed in the background by Salesforce.com.

The SOAP-based API, is optimized for real-time client applications that update small numbers of records at a time. Although the SOAP-based API can also be used for processing large numbers of records, when the data sets contain hundreds of thousands of records it becomes less practical. The Bulk API is designed to make it simple to process data from a few thousand to millions of records.

The Metadata API can be used to retrieve, deploy, create, update or delete customization information, such as custom object definitions and page layouts, for an organization using Salesforce.com. The Metadata API is intended for managing customizations and for building tools that can manage the metadata model, not the data itself.

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Salesforce.com: Highlights

Summary
CRM services
Category
Enterprise
Tags
Protocols
REST, SOAP
Data Formats
XML
API home
http://developer.force.com/ 
This is 1 of
11 APIs by Salesforce.com

Salesforce.com: Specifications

Functionality

Client Install Required
No  

Signup and Licensing

Signup Requirements
Developer Key  
Developer Key Required
Yes  
Account Required
 
Commercial Licensing
Yes  
Provider
salesforce.com  
Company
Salesforce.com  
Non-Commercial Lic.
Yes  
Data Licensing
 
Usage Fees
None  
Program Fees
None  
Certification Program
certification.salesforce.com/ 
Usage Limits
Usage Limits 
Terms of Service
 

Security

Authentication Model
 
SSL Support
Yes 
Read-only Without Login
No 

Support

Vendor API Kits
PHP, Java, .NET, Perl, Python, Ruby 
Community API Kits
 
API Blog
Apex Developer Network Blog 
Site Blog
 
API Forum
Apex Forums 
Developer Support
 
Console URL
 

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Comments 

February 29, 2008
at 09:37
Comment by: akela_p501usa

thanks,i'll return asap!/+?
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August 14, 2006
at 21:16
Comment by: Mike Schinkel

Gerry:

Sorry for my editorializing, but somebody had to do it. :)

Anyway, if you want an easy way to work with SaleForce.com (or many of these APIs) check out RSSBus at www.rssbus.com.

Full disclosure: I'm currently working with /n software to help them get partners for their future partner directory at www.rssbus.net.
However, I've had other business relationships both buying from and selling to /n software over the past decade and I know them really well. Further, I'm very technical and RSSBus is a phenominal product as a recent SDTimes.com editorial that spoke very highly of it confirmed.

(P.S. I would have emailed this to you but you did not provide any way to contact you.)

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