Understanding Salesforce’s Data Architecture

  • David Masri


People often view Salesforce’s data engine as a relational database with a web service layer wrapped around it for performing CRUD operations, but this view is wrong—or at least incomplete. As we learned in Chapter  1, it’s perfectly normal (and good) to denormalize our data strategically for a needed performance boost. Salesforce takes this a step further. It not only denormalizes the data, it also encourage developers to continue this pattern of denormalization. The question, then, is how far from Edger Codd’s vision can we go and still consider our data model normalized? I would say that Salesforce is way past that line. I searched quite a bit for an official statement from Salesforce stating that it’s not a relational database, and this is the best I could find:

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  • David Masri
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