Introduction to SalesForce Developer eXperience (SFDX)

Salesforce DX (SFDX) provides an integrated, end-to-end lifecycle designed for high-performance agile development.  It consists set of tools including Salesforce CLI, Second-Generation Packaging (2GP), Scratch Orgs,  VCS and CI support.

  1. Salesforce CLI

    The Salesforce CLI is a command line interface that simplifies development and build automation when working with Salesforce org. It can be used to;

    • Aggregate all the tools you need to develop with and perform commands against your Salesforce org
    • Synchronize source to and from scratch orgs
    • Create and manage orgs
    • Import and export data
    • Create and execute tests
    • Create and install packages
  2. Second-Generation Packaging (2GP)

    2GP allows create packages in a source-driven development environment. It can be used to create and deploy packages in own Salesforce org or to develop and distribute packages to customers. Here are some highlights of 2GP;

    • Salesforce command-line (CLI) support.
    • Options for enterprise customers to organize and deploy metadata to production orgs.
    • Multiple packages per namespace
    • Feature branch development and testing.
    • Fully API-driven functionality.
    • Packages that are source-driven, not org-based.
    • Ease of development and distribution of dependent packages.
  3. Scratch Orgs

    The scratch org is a source-driven and disposable deployment of Salesforce code and metadata. A scratch org is fully configurable, allowing developers to emulate different Salesforce editions with different features and preferences. And the scratch org configuration file can be shared with other team members.

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