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Force.com Developer Certification (DEV401) exam objectives

The Force.com Developer certification exam objectives are provided in the Study Guide. These are included below as a reference. The table below gives the objectives for the Summer 2013 exam.

ObjectiveWeighting
Application Design5%
List and describe components of an application
Describe the model-view-controller design paradigm
Given a scenario, determine whether sufficient information is available to plan/build/design an application
Overview of Force.com Platform5%
List and describe the steps required to design and deploy a successful application built using the declarative capabilities of the Force.com platform
List and describe the building blocks of an application provided by the Force.com platform
Data Model32%
Describe how to create a functional data model for a business application
Given a scenario, select the features required to create a functional data model for a business application
Describe the properties and implications of choosing one object relationship type over another and distinguish among relationship types
Given a scenario, distinguish among object relationship types, describe how to create relationships, and determine which relationship should be recommended
List and describe the features used to set permission and data access in a custom app
Given a scenario, select the appropriate feature (e.g., profiles, defaults, roles) to provide appropriate permissions and data access in a custom app
List and describe optional (Salesforce-enabled) features for managing the application (e.g., create audit fields, encrypted fields, multicurrency)
User Interface15%
List and describe the components of any Force.com application user interface (e.g., tabs, applications, detail pages, list views)
Given a scenario, determine the capabilities and constraints of the declarative framework for building a user interface (e.g., what can and canít be done in a page layout)
Describe use cases for how Visualforce can extend the user interface in the declarative framework and when to do so
Describe the capabilities and functionality of Force.com Sites
Business Logic23%
List and describe how to create formulas, validation rules, and workflow rules
Given a scenario, determine which Force.com feature to use to solve a business requirement and/or describe how to apply the solution
List and describe the capabilities of the Force.com approval processes
Given a scenario, select the appropriate features of Force.com approval processes to satisfy business requirements
List and describe the features of the Force.com platform for debugging and monitoring automated business processes
Describe use cases for extending business logic through Apex
Data Management10%
List and describe the capabilities and constraints of import wizards
List and describe the capabilities and constraints of API-based tools for managing data
List and describe the functions of the Force.com data loader
Describe use cases and functions of external IDs and upsert
Given a scenario, determine appropriate uses of the GUI and command-line interface for the data loader
Describe the characteristics of Force.com record IDs
Reporting and Analytics10%
List and describe capabilities and constraints of reports and analytics of the Force.com platform
Given a scenario, determine methods for analyzing and displaying data

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