What are Objects in Salesforce?

Objects in Salesforce are like database tables which are the most key element in Salesforce. Salesforce Objects provide structure for storing data and are also incorporated into the interface. This helps the users to interact with the data. Salesforce Objects are containers for the information. They also give the special functionality required in the app.

For example, when custom objects in Salesforce are created, the platform automatically builds things like the page layout for the user interface. Salesforce supports various types of objects such as

The two most common types of objects in Salesforce are standard and custom objects:

  1. Standard objects in Salesforce : Standard Objects are included with Salesforce by default. Example: Account, Contact, Lead, and Opportunity.
  2. Custom objects in Salesforce : Custom objects are objects that are created to store information that’s specific to the organization. Once custom objects and records for these objects are created, the reports and dashboards based on the record data in your custom object can be created. Custom objects are identified by a __c suffix.

 Difference between standard and custom objects in Salesforce

The following table describes the differences between the standard and custom objects:

Standard ObjectCustom ObjectStandard Objects can’t be deletedCustom Object can be deletedCan’t Change the Grant Access Using Hierarchies sharing access Can change the Grant Access Using Hierarchies sharing accessCan’t be TruncatedCan be TruncatedIt is possible to create custom fields on standard objectsCustom objects contain some standard fields.

External objects

External objects are similar to custom objects. They allow you to map the data which are stored outside your Salesforce organization. Each external object trusts on an external data source definition such as Salesforce Connect or OData to connect with the external system’s data.

In each external object, object’s fields map to a data table and columns on the external system. External objects are usually identified by __x suffix.

In our next Salesforce tutorial, we will understand about what are fields in Salesforce and how can we create custom fields in Salesforce.com.

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