West Monroe Partners recently hosted the first Salesforce Developer Meetup (of many to come) at its Seattle office. Aside from all the pizza and beer, the most exciting part of the evening was LeeAnne Templeman’s (@LeeAndroid) overview of Lightning and the Process Builder, the new way to create applications without having to code. As the first developer meetup in Seattle in over a year, the event attracted a wide variety of people, from hardcore developers to admins who are just getting started. The beauty of the Process Builder is that it creates an even playing field for all types of users.
Lightning consists of four main components: Connect, Process Builder, Component Framework, and App Builder. The idea behind Lightning is that mobile applications are the future, and being able to create them without having to study years of computer science (or hiring someone with years of experience) will greatly benefit the companies using Salesforce. Lighting can do a lot of cool things, and really gives users the ability to write mobile applications without ever having to touch code. You won’t need to learn anything about ones and zeroes to make your company’s next killer app!
During the Meetup, LeeAnne went through why the Process Builder is such an important part of Lightning. It allows users to visually create workflows and applications, like creating a flowchart in Visio. It can replace many basic Salesforce Triggers, but it does have some limitations. For instance, there is no bulkification, so you are stuck inside your governance limits for SOQL queries. It also is available to all Developer Editions of Salesforce! We also had a chance to try it out for ourselves during the Meetup. The general feedback was that Process Builder is easy to use and intuitive, even though our group ranged significantly in experience level.
LeeAnne was kind enough to host a copy of her deck online, which includes tutorials for all four components of Lightning. It can be viewed here. I highly recommend doing the tutorials if you are interested in becoming a Salesforce administrator or developer. They take you through end-to-end examples of each component, and really give you an idea of the power of Lightning and each component as you go through them.
If you would like to become a member of the Seattle Salesforce developer group, please join this Meetup. Our next event will take place on July 21st from 4:30-6:30pm at West Monroe Partners. It will be focused on Trailhead, the new training website (with badges!) from Salesforce.
If you have any questions regarding Salesforce or this blog, or ideas for future Meetup topics, please leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.