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Getting Started with Apex Development on the Salesforce Force.com Platform using the Force.com IDE

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Getting Started with Apex Development on the Salesforce Force.com Platform using the Force.com IDE
Below I will describe the steps to getting started using the SFDC plugin in Eclipse to start developing custom Apex classes and Visualforce pages for Salesforce.  This guide does not focus on configuration or "click" based development.

You may prefer to use the built-in developer console instead of the Eclipse IDE.

Download and Install the Eclipse IDE

Latest version of Eclipse as of 4/25/2014:  Eclipse Standard 4.3.2 for Windows 64 bit


Download Page:  http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/


Install the Force.com Plugin for Eclipse

From the top menu, Click Help > Install New Software

Click AddUnder the Add Repository messageSet the Name to "Force.com IDE" and Set the Location to "http://media.developerforce.com/force-ide/eclipse42" then click OK
Eclipse will download the list of all available plugins.Check the box for the Force.com IDE plugin and then click Next.

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