Code search and review are critical to application development. With APEXcl you can perform these vital tasks more quickly and easily than using the more laborious manual method. This helps you vastly improve code quality, accelerate the development process, unearth bugs and security issues, spark new approaches to problem solving and increase your overall efficiency, all saving you time and money.
APEXcl can make you a better developer.
Typically, code review in APEX is a very manual process. You need to go to the APEX builder and, after choosing a page to inspect, browse through the different components which you remember have changed. And if you don’t remember a change? Then the code might not get reviewed at all! In a team situation, that risk goes way up!
With APEXcl, once files are committed and pushed to a versioning tool, every team member is able to benefit from a full-fledged changelog that covers their APEX application. Changes are crystal clear and making errors of omission is not likely. Here’s how changes appear in GitLab:
1. A new dynamic action was added, with the
2. The label changed for the button
3. The SQL query for an interactive report was changed
We all share the same impulse: when something goes wrong in an application, look at the change history! In APEX, tracking changes at the component level is hard. APEX keeps an audit trail of who changed what, but does not highlight the changes. So you know who created the error, but you don’t know where the error is. You could import an older application, set an application ID, compare the code, find the glitch, then apply the code fix to the master application. That’s a lot of work. You could also have developers detail every change in a project management system like Jira. But that’s far from efficient.
With APEXcl, changes to code can be tracked over time. So a developer can review the component’s change history on GitLab as shown, clearly displaying the timestamps, the author and the code content that’s been modified. This makes code review and debugging infinitely easier and rolling back to an older version a breeze.
Although APEX has an integrated search mechanism in the builder, APEXcl provides a convenient alternative route to using modern code editors to search files on the file system. Code search in this way is near instantaneous, and you do not have to be connected to the APEX builder to do so.
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