Useful Resources: IDEs for Salesforce Development

You have been using the Salesforce GUI or Developer Console for writing custom codes and that is okay for lightweight development. But for heavy development work, you need a professional IDE that offers features like integration with source control, syntax highlighting, auto-completion, debugger, offline editing, etc. Here is a list of popular Salesforce IDEs to choose from.

(Tools, that I personally use or have used and recommended are marked with a heart)

1. Visual Studio Code with Salesforce Extension ()

  • One of the most popular IDEs for Salesforce Development and my favorite
  • Provides features for working with development orgs (scratch orgs, sandboxes, and DE orgs)
  • Prerequisites include VS Code Version 1.26 or later, Salesforce CLI, Salesforce DX Project, Java Platform, Standard Edition Development Kit 
  • Free 
  • Blog Post: How To Get Started with Visual Studio Code for Salesforce

2. Developer Console

  • Create, debug, and test applications in your Salesforce org
  • Perform tasks such as Debugging and Troubleshooting, Editing and Navigating Source Code, Testing and Validating Performance, Executing SOQL and SOSL Queries
  • Includes a command-line for various useful commands
  • Free

3. Welkin Suite

  • Provides powerful features for increased development productivity and comfort
  • Offers Point-and-Click development possibilities
  • Debugging Options, Development and Comfort, Lightning Component Support
  • Paid plans start from US$ 12.50/month (Free 30 days trial)

4. Illuminated Cloud

  • Brings the modern feature set of JetBrains’ powerful IDEs
  • Intelligent auto-completion for all Salesforce programming languages and metadata types
  • Recognizes issues in your code and offers suggestions for how to correct them
  • With its refactoring capabilities, own and evolve your Salesforce code
  • Paid plans start from US$ 90/year for Personal license

5. AWS Cloud 9

  • Cloud IDE for writing, running and debugging code
  • Includes a code editor, debugger, and terminal
  • Automatic bidirectional sync of code from Salesforce to IDE, though no deployments to different orgs
  • Requires AWS EC2 instance
  • No separate charge except for the cost of running the AWS EC2 instance
  •  Video (3:36 mins) – Introduction to AWS Cloud9

Don’t see the tool of your choice listed here? Please feel free to mention it in the comments below for other readers’ benefit.

Want to see a list of more of such useful resources & tools under different categories? Please do take a look at the resources page.

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