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How do I learn APEX?

I am interested in learning APEX, S-Controls, API, etc. but I don't know where to start. How do I learn this and are there materials I can read to help get me started? Is there a high demand in the market for these skills? Please help! Thanks
try the "getting started" tab at the top of this page.

For apex, the simplest way in is to click "system log" (next to 'help and training'). There you'll have a window where you can enter apex code to be executed anonymously, and watch what it does. You can define classes, run their methods, and insert, query, and delete records.


Use that to experiment while you're reading the "getting started" materials. Once you begin to write real code, move on to the IDE (eclipse), or TextMate with Simon's apex plugin. 

I've also found workbench (search for it above) to be a great boon for learning and debugging.



Message Edited by Shikibu on 02-23-2009 10:50 AM