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My goal is to write an apex trigger that will delete duplicate Opportunity Records based on the Opportunity Name but retain the first record that is created. I believe a before trigger would be the best option.

For example, if the name of the first Opportunity is "Opportunity Alpha" and another user creates an Opportunity called "Opportunity Alpha", I would like the second record to be deleted automatically. Help would be greatly appreciated!

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As David mentioned, Salesforce already offers standard functionality for managing duplicates. Creating an Apex trigger would not be necessary in a situation like this. Below is a link to documentation on duplicate management in Salesforce.

https://help.salesforce.com/articleView?id=managing_duplicates_overview.htm&type=5

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