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API Update call should use External ID in place of salesforce ID

Salesforce Platform, Web Services API

The API update call should allow use of the External ID to identify the record you wish to update. Currently, you must know the salesforce ID of the record you wish to update and this takes an extra step to determine. I would like to see the update call work like the upsert call, minus the create functionality. It would also work to add a parameter to the upsert call to disable the create step.

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