Your Guide to Salesforce SOAP API

Salesforce is a highly reputable cloud computing company which is certainly specialized with various programmatic access programs, and one of them is certainly Salesforce SOAP API.

Salesforce is currently ranked as the most innovative company in the USA by Forbes Magazine, which is certainly an astounding achievement and speaks volumes for their company.

Their SOAP API lets you to fully integrate their applications which can easily create, update, delete, and even retrieve various records managed by Force.com, Database.com and of course Salesforce. These records are mostly leads, custom objects and various accounts.

Basic Information

Everyone can very easily integrate organization data with their other applications by simply using SOAP API. If your organization has rather complex business processes which are unsupported by just existing functionality, than their company’s platform will include a wide array of options for developers to completely implement its custom functionality. And, this certainly includes SOAP API, which makes your processes more efficient.

By having more than 20 different calls, SOAP API fully lets you to perform searches, maintain passwords and do many more useful tasks in a very simple way. You can certainly use SOAP API with just about every programming language that has support of Web services, and this is simply one of its main and best characteristics.

SOAP API Usage

SOAP API is mostly used to delete, retrieve, update, create your records in a very simple to use manner. To fully use SOAP API, your business organization needs to already use Enterprise, Unlimited, Developer or Performance Edition of Salesforce services. If you’re already a customer at Salesforce, but you want to upgrade to some of these editions, then you should contact account representative of yours, and you will be certainly promoted as fast as possible.

For development of Web service’s client applications, it’s highly recommended that anyone uses their Developer Sandbox, that is in fact a replica of Salesforce deployment, and includes all data and customization options. SOAP API completely works with any other SOAP development environment, which includes Visual Studio.NET 2005.

It is also an absolute recommendation for anyone that their client applications which are newer always use most recent versions of Force.com WSDL files. This way you can completely exploit all of the newer benefits of greater efficiency and far richer features.
Every new Salesforce release always consists of two main components, which include newest version of SOAP API and a new platform software release which resides on their official systems.

Salesforce also completely maintains support for every version of SOAP API that comes across many releases of its platform software. It is also backward compatible in a way that a certain application created to work with SOAP API will also continue to work with a new SOAP API version in new platform software release.

Once everything is considered, we can certainly come to the conclusion that Salesforce SOAP API is highly innovative and greatly useful, so you can certainly consider to add it if you need to fully organize your business data and everything related to it.
 

Amanda McDonnald
Amanda is the Lead Author & Editor of Rainforce Blog. Amanda established the Rainforce blog to create a source for news and discussion about some of the issues, challenges, news, and ideas relating to Salesforce usage.
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