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Trailhead Lightning Module is a Major Charge! April 10, 2015 - If you haven’t heard about Salesforce Trailhead by now, allow me to help you out from underneath that rock (I kid because I care). Salesforce Trailhead was launched at Dreamforce ’14 and if you haven’t tried it out yet, its incredibly cool. I’ve been in a number of different communities and aside from Python/Django (who gets an A for effort), nobody has such a great intro to a platform. Salesforce Trailhead is heads and tails above any “tutorial” for a learning a platform anywhere.  Its professionally put together, it quizzes you on what you’ve learned, it connects to your development org (it helps ... ...
Testing Tidbits April 8, 2015 - Today I’m going to talk about two of my go-to “tools” (for lack of a better term) when it comes to testing functionality in any Salesforce org that I do work in. I don’t always do these things…(but when I do….*never mind*) though I’m starting to do them more often and its been working for me. The first of these items also comes up often in the #salesforce IRC channel as well and its been talked about in many places but I see this brought up so often that its probably a good idea to mention it yet again. Use Hierarchy Custom Settings to “short ... ...
My Top Five Parodies for Salesforce April 1, 2015 - I  get asked quite a bit what song is coming next. I’ve helped others write several parodies of existing songs and while I don’t generally perform the parodies, here is a list of what I have coming up next. I may or may not be performing them on my own, but we’ll see: Top 5 Salesforce parodies in the works: 5) You’ll Be a Closed Opp Soon (Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon) 4) Valdiation Rules (California Girls — Katy Perry) 3) Ben-i-off (Shake it Off — Taylor Swift) 2) I Only Added One More Rule (Only Wanna Be with You — Hootie & the ... ...
Wow! Thank You! March 26, 2015 - Last Thursday I was met with some very good news. I am now a Salesforce MVP, class of Spring ’15! I think its all still settling in but wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who nominated me. I’d like to thank the current MVPs who were part of the process as well, if it weren’t for the encouragement of my MVP mentor Vamsi Krishna, and other MVPs who were there as a sounding board for me (Bill Greenhaw, Sarah Deutsch, Brian Kwong to name a few) I’m sure I’d not have had the chance to have this experience. Its very ... ...
Find Your Mantra March 18, 2015 - Recently I was asked a question to describe what exemplified me as a coder, preferably with an example of code. It was odd, not something I’ve ever really thought about. I write code and attempt to leverage the pluses of a given framework and work around the minuses. I don’t have one “goto algorithm” for sorting things, or a given methodology that could be described in words let alone code, so I got to thinking, and thinking, and thinking. All I came up with was one simple rule: “Write easily digested code.” I’ll be straight, I’m 40 years old, been in ... ...
Just For Fun March 11, 2015 - Time wasting links edition: Nothing techie today folks. Sometimes we need a “checkout,” time to take a step back, take a breath and reset. Sometimes our minds get so clouded we forget to have fun. So lets have some fun shall we? Since music is my release my first sidestep is this: there’s another Salesforce singer in our midst: Shane McLaughlin (@MShaneMc) so welcome to the show Shane. :) (admittedly I’m slightly jealous of his 330 views!! “Ima let you finish but….” Continuing with music, for karaoke lovers: did you know you can sing karaoke online? Well you can: and I did. If only I ... ...
Developer with Admin Tendencies February 25, 2015 - Since the release of Spring ’15, I’ve had the opportunity to use the Process Builder on a couple of projects. When you’re a developer, you tend to see solutions “in code” more often than not. We think in code, we love to write code, its just what we do. With this latest release however I took the opportunity to write a few processes where in the past I would have written triggers and I must say, its pretty slick thus far. In order to get a personal comparison, I wrote a trigger and supporting utility class first which took me a little under 30 minutes ... ...
Have You Nominated Your Hero Yet? February 11, 2015 - It’s that time of year again. No, not the time to spend money on cheesy I love you cards, and calorie filled fake chocolates…I mean its time to nominate your Salesforce Community Heroes for MVP status! I’ve cast my vote(s) for some very deserving folks. Nomination is very important. Its well within your control to see the community become what you want/need it to become by selecting those you want to see help drive the passion behind the community! So what are you waiting for…just do it! Having trouble choosing? Not sure what makes a good MVP? I’ve talked about here ... ...
Valentine’s Day Comes Early This Year February 4, 2015 - Admittedly, I’m not a huge Valentine’s Day fan. However, I couldn’t resist drawing a few parallels between meeting “the one” you want to spend the rest of your life with…and meeting “the one” lead that you desperately want to convert. So without further gilding of the lily I present to you: Be My Opportunity (A Salesforce love story).   :wq! (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
When an Email Template Just Isn’t Enough January 28, 2015 - Sometimes your users need to send an email from within Salesforce. Most of the time the standard Send Email button will suffice. Other times however, your needs are more specific. For those times, developers often resort to using Visualforce email templates which can certainly meet just about any need. However, the drawback here is that the email content now lives in code. Being good developers, we don’t want our admins to have to worry about digging into code for things like this — unless they really want to — so we try to come up with a way to make the content ... ...