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Just signed up. No APEX menu in Setup --> Developer

I just signed up for Salesforce Developer Edition for the 1st time. However, on the lefthand side the APEX menu in Setup --> Developer is missing. What went wrong? Must i sign up additionaly for APEX acces, if so where?


Best Answer chosen by Admin (Salesforce Developers) 

Did you sign up for Developer Edition or for Free Force.com Edition?


Developer Edition is a free 'playground' for personal use and lets you use Apex directly.


Free Force.com Edition is a full production organization that you can use with real end users.  You can't create or edit Apex code directly in a production organization.  Instead you should create a Developer Sandbox (Setup > Data Management > Sandbox), which is a copy of all your production configuration and code, and you can write your Apex code there.  When your code is working and you've written test methods to test 75% or more of your code, you can deploy it back to production (Setup > App Setup > Deploy).  See the Apex Developer's Guide for more on testing and code coverage.