Easy way to find all apex references in salesforce

By | August 28, 2015

While working on salesforce customization using Apex, the developers sometimes use improper names to define a class. Moving ahead we might need to change these names or delete the class if it’s no longer in use. Few days before we were working on code re-factorization wherein we had to rename the class according to the functionality and had to delete unwanted classes. While deleting the classes we were getting errors of class references as below.

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Looking at the above error message we cannot find the class reference i.e. where is it used? There is a simple way to find references using eclipse. As salesforce provides Force.com ide as a plugin to eclipse we can use many of the standard functionalities provided by eclipse. Follow below steps to find the references in apex.

  1. Create a Salesforce project using Force.com ide in eclipse.
  2. Once you have all the desired components (such as Classes, Pages, Triggers, etc.) downloaded in your project, use the search functionality provided by eclipse. To use this functionality either press key “Ctrl + H” or navigate to Search menu >> select “Search” option.
  3. Enter the class name you want to search and select the scope (mostly “Enclosing project”). Click on “Search” button. For ex. If we want to find all references for class “utility”

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  1. Now you will see the list of all components where the class is referred with navigation to actual line.apex reference 3
  2. Click on any of listed reference to go to the line and make the desired changes.apex reference 4

Note: Eclipse “Search” works on the text search feature. So you might get navigation to the line even if it’s commented.

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