Friday 6 February 2015

How is Visualforce Architected

All Visualforce pages run entirely on the platform, both when a developer creates the page, and when an end user requests a page, as shown in the following architecture diagrams

When a developer finishes writing a Visualforce page and saves it to the platform, the platform application server attempts to compile the markup into an abstract set of instructions that can be understood by the Visualforce renderer. If compilation generates errors, the save is aborted and the errors are returned to the developer. Otherwise, the instructions are saved to the metadata repository and sent to the Visualforce renderer. The renderer turns the instructions into HTML and then refreshes the developer's view, thereby providing instantaneous feedback to the developer for whatever changes were made in the markup.

The architecture diagram below shows the process flow when a non-developer user requests a Visualforce page. Because the page is already compiled into instructions, the application server simply retrieves the page from the metadata repository and sends it to the Visualforce renderer for conversion into HTML.

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