This blog post helps explain SOQL, or the Salesforce Object Query Language, to developers familiar with SQL. SQL is the granddaddy of query languages, and it’s no surprise why. The relational database remains the de facto data storage workhorse despite the rise of many alternatives. Almost every developer has a working knowledge of SQL and the basics of communication with an RDBMS. This makes it easy to adopt SOQL. After you read this post, you’ll understand a few basic tenets of how SOQL works and why Salesforce even bothered to create its own SQL-like language.

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