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Vivek S 42Vivek S 42 

What is the difference between Action Function, Remote Action and Action Support.

I am having difficulty in understanding  What is the purpose and difference between Action Function, Remote Action and Action Support. Pls explain with a Example or a scenario. 

SandhyaSandhya (Salesforce Developers) 
Hi Vivek,

Action Function
Action function used to call the server side method using JavaScript.
ActionFunction: provides support for invoking controller action methods directly from JavaScript code using an AJAXrequest

Used when we need to perform the similar action on various events. Een though you can use it in place of actionSupport as well where the only event is related to only one control.

Example :
actionFunction : provides support for invoking controller action methods directly from JavaScript code using an AJAXrequest

Example :
<!-- Page: -->
<apex:page controller="exampleCon">
<!-- Define the JavaScript function sayHello-->
<apex:actionFunction name="sayHello" action="{!sayHello}" rerender="out"
<apex:outputPanel id="out">
<apex:outputText value="Hello "/>
<apex:actionStatus startText="requesting..." id="myStatus">
<apex:facet name="stop">{!username}</apex:facet>
<!-- Call the sayHello JavaScript function using a script element-->
<p><apex:outputText value="Clicked? {!state}" id="showstate" /></p>
<!-- Add the onclick event listener to a panel. When clicked, the panel triggers
the methodOneInJavascript actionFunction with a param -->
<apex:outputPanel onclick="methodOneInJavascript('Yes!')" styleClass="btn">
Click Me
<apex:actionFunction action="{!methodOne}" name="methodOneInJavascript"
<apex:param name="firstParam" assignTo="{!state}" value="" />

/*** Controller ***/
public class exampleCon {
String uname;
public String getUsername() {
return uname;
public PageReference sayHello() {
uname = UserInfo.getName();
return null;
public void setState(String n) {
state = n;
public String getState() {
return state;
public PageReference methodOne() {
return null;
private String state = 'no';


A component that adds AJAX support to another component, allowing the component to be refreshed asynchronously by theserver when a particular event occurs, such as a button click or mouseover.

Used when we want to perform an action on a perticular eventof any control like onchange of any text box or picklist.

<!-- Page: -->
<apex:page controller="exampleCon">
<apex:outputpanel id="counter">
<apex:outputText value="Click Me!: {!count}"/>
<apex:actionSupport event="onclick"
rerender="counter" status="counterStatus"/>
<apex:actionStatus id="counterStatus"
startText=" (incrementing...)"
stopText=" (done)"/>

/*** Controller: ***/
public class exampleCon {
Integer count = 0;
public PageReference incrementCounter() {
return null;
public Integer getCount() {
return count;

@RemoteAction is an Apex annotation used to mark a method as being available for javascript remoting. This allows you to call the method from javascript yourself and retrieve the result as a javascript object for manipulation, as per the example in the documentation. They are static and global, and hence don't have access to your current controller variables and methods.

For example, please refer below link.

Hope this helps you!

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Write a trigger, Whenever a contact record is inserted under an account then the
new record’s MyDate field should be 1 month ahead that of its parent Account’s MyDate field. And if multiple
contact records
are inserted under one account then the contact records’s MyDate field should be 1 month ahead of each other.
For example:
There are 3 records of accounts – A1 (1st July 2017), A2 (1st Jan 2018), A3 (1st Oct 2017)
Now we are inserting multiple contacts under these 3 accounts like this:
A1 –> C1, C2, C3
A2 –> C4, C5, C6, C7
A3 –> C8, C9
So the MyDate fields of new contact records should be like this:
C1 – 1st Aug 2017
C2 – 1st Sep 2017