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(BEGINNER) Accessing data from force.com DB servers.

 I want to develop a customer portal that would access the customer data which is on force.com servers. How should i go about it? What API's/techniques can i use to access/update/delete data on force.com?  

There are many different types of solutions to get your data into that portal.


you could use the API and PHP, PERL, RUBY, and other scripting languages......


It just depends on what you are trying to do and what language you know.


I suggest looking at the API documents > http://wiki.developerforce.com/index.php/Documentation#API






What we use to access SFDC from other environments is http://code.google.com/p/sqlforce/

In particular the projects jython module hides a lot of the salesforce limits and lets us pretend sfdc is an ANSI/SQL database.


Disclosure -- I am an author