The Ten Commandments of Apex

The Ten Commandments of Apex are fundamental rules that Force.com developers can use to architect and develop top-notch Force.com applications. In this video from Dreamforce 2013, Force.com MVP Kevin Poorman discusses the pitfalls that often cause difficulties for developers new to the platform. …

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How Salesforce Administrators Can Use Visualforce Pages to Manage Trigger Execution

If you were to ask your project manager and your developer to define a trigger, and then compare their definition to yours, you’ll probably end up with three very different answers. Triggers are often a quick-fix for project mangers who know the declarative interface just won’t solve this one. Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard the phrase “just a quick...

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The Good Word on Unit Tests, HTTP Callouts, and Creating Test Data

So you want to mix dml inserts and make callouts in your tests? That’s Cray Cray! Here’s the low down on how to get around the “You have uncommitted changes pending please commit or rollback…” when trying to mix DML and HTTP Callouts in your test methods. First, a little background (and a health and safety warning) Sooner or later you’ll be faced with testing a...

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The Top Features of the Salesforce Summer 13 Release

As usual, the latest Salesforce release contains all kinds of beneficial updates and enhancements. Here’s a look at the ones I feel will be most beneficial to Salesforce users. What’s with all the Chatter about Chatter? At a March 2013 presentation, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff claimed that Chatter would become the primary Salesforce.com interface.…

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Developing Salesforce Mobile Apps with RubyMotion

RubyMotion, a revolutionary new toolchain for native iOS development from HipByte, lets developers write iOS apps in Ruby, rather than Objective-C. It statically compiles ruby code to run on the Objective-C runtime, and because of this, RubyMotion apps have full access to all the public API’s and Frameworks available to traditional Objective-C developers.…

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SkyVisual Editor and Salesforce.com: May 2013 Raleigh Salesforce User Group Meeting Highlights

I think I can speak for all of us when I say we had a great time at the Raleigh Salesforce.com UG Event this past Wednesday night! We had a record turnout from members of our Salesforce.com Community (over 100 total attendees!) including users, partners and Salesforce.com reps. These meetings are always terrific opportunities to make new connections and discuss how to best facilitate our...

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How to Add Product Images to a Salesforce Quote

The standard Salesforce.com Quote functionality allows users to add images to line items within sales quotes. We recently helped a customer of ours set up their Products and Pricing in Salesforce.com, which included adding images of their products beside each item on their quote. It’s a simple, 4-step process, but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of available documentation on this feature (even...

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An Easier Way To Connect End Users to Salesforce.com Data?

The need to share data from private databases with end users is a problem common to many businesses. Fortunately for Salesforce.com users, building a web application that securely accesses and interacts with Salesforce.com data is surprisingly simple. Getting data into Salesforce.com from your company’s website is actually pretty trivial through Salesforce.coms’ web2lead technology.…

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Dobedobedo – A Ruby Gem API Integration for do.com

Salesforce.com owns a terrific task management/project management web-app called Do.com. This online collaboration tool helps reduce email volume, provides visibility into the workflow of other team members, provides real-time notification and activity feeds of project progress, and more. Recently Do.com began beta testing a REST API that allows developers to interact with Do.com from within...

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A Customer Portal for Sample Kits from Salesforce

Salesforce has become an incredibly popular tool for managing business processes inside companies. It’s great for managing accounts, contacts, opportunities, and leads but many organizations are clamoring to make that data more readily available to their customers and prospects. One request we hear frequently is “Can I setup a portal that will allow prospects or sales reps to build sample kits...

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