If I create a dynamic SOQL query (via strings, to be used with Database.query) in an unmanaged code environment, and then the code is converted to a managed environment, are namespace considerations taken into account? Or do I need to ensure I've prefixed my managed object names with the namespace of the managed package while assembling the dynamic SOQL query.

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If you create dynamic SOQL queries and then later go to package the code in a managed package, you don't need to consider the prefix in your queries, the platform will magically know that the objects/fields are part of your package (assuming they were) and do the magic for you.

For example, if you had this SOQL in a class:

List<SObject> listOfThings = Database.query('Select MyField__c From Things__c');

And then eventually converted the package to a managed package with namespace prefix MyPKG you would not need to code it as:

List<SObject> listOfThings = Database.query('Select MyPKG__MyField__c From MyPKG__Things__c');
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    But, on the flip side of this coin, if you have a field by a certain name, and it mirrors the same name as an unmanaged field in the organization, your code won't be able to query the unmanaged field by virtue of "shadowing."
    – sfdcfox
    Jul 2, 2013 at 13:55
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    So, I think you're saying if you have managed MyPKG__MyField__c and unmanaged MyField__c on the same object, and you query it dynamically as in the managed package as MyField__c it won't be able to? Jul 2, 2013 at 16:03
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    You would only be able to query MyPKG__MyField__c, but MyField__c would not be accessible.
    – sfdcfox
    Jul 2, 2013 at 17:03
  • sfdcfox, do you know a way around this conflict? Are you aware of a salesforce org having a built in namespace much like apex classes have 'system'? so a query agains system__MyField__c would work even though MyPKG__MyField__c also exists? I know the answer is not 'system', but is there another option?
    – hemmeter
    Jan 15, 2015 at 23:26
  • Can this conflict exist? I know Salesforce stores the field name and the namespce in separate system fields.
    – Evan
    Feb 6, 2015 at 19:32

Case 1). If the Organization contains Namespace. For ex. I have an Object (Object_Analysis__c) in my Org with namespace(Naveen_catch) , Querying with or without namespace makes no difference within my org. i.e. List listOfThings = [Select Name From Object_Analysis__c]; or List listOfThings = [Select Name From Naveen_catch__Object_Analysis__c];

or we can also write dynamic queries like this

List<SObject> listOfThings = Database.query('Select Name From Object_Analysis__c');
List<SObject> listOfThings = Database.query('Select Name From Naveen_catch__Object_Analysis__c');   .

All above queries will work successful.

PS : Someone asked this query in twitter , but I forgot who asked it. :)

Regards, Niranjan, Senior Program Architect, AutoRABIT.

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