Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Book Review : Getting started with SOQL

Recently I got an opportunity to review the book "Getting started with SOQL"by Magulan D.
The book contains all the aspects of Salesforce Object Query Language(SOQL). Here are my thoughts...

The books starts with the basics of SOQL, difference of SOQL and SQL and valuable implementation of SOQL and then all the clauses that we use in SOQL.
Most of the time developers didn't know what they can do with SOQL. As a developer or as an administrator in Salesforce.com, we write many SOQL statements to fetch and validate the data present in the objects.

The sample queries used in the book will help you to understand the SOQL features easily. the sample queries are intended for beginners and for developers or administrators who are new to Salesforce.com.
This book also addresses the standards and guidelines to be followed when writing SOQL statements. The standards and guidelines discussed in this book will help you to write SOQL statements without hitting any limitation set by Salesforce.com and to avoid unwanted data fetched through the queries.

Feature of SOQL is so vast, but for the beginners as well as for experts this book will teach something, even I learned allot those things that I was not using most of the time in SOQL like toLabel() method. The use of Date literals with their example implementation in the queries.

The traditional method of explaining clauses like how to write SOQL, Where to use Caps and where not, that we need to take care of whenever writing an apex class. Limitation is the one difficult thing to handle in salesforce and if we are talking about SOQL then its limitation are most important thing to take care off. In the book limitation of SOQL have been explained in a brief way.

In the end of the book author explained the some tools that we can use to execute queries, he have explained the steps of installation and how to take their best use with SOQL queries, I never used Force.com Explorer software but now am gonna to use this one.

I recommend especially those who want to expertise in SOQL or want to know the key things of SOQL at first place, surely it will help them out.
Book can be purchased from Packt, Goodreads, Amazon, Books.google

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