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Request For Help October 9, 2014 - Me: Hello — My name is Ryan and I’m an introvert. Others: “Hi, Ryan” The first step is admitting it right? With Dreamforce 2014 just a few short days away I can already feel my anti-social self coming to the forefront. I’m generally very quiet unless we’ve shared the same social circle for some time. Last year for instance, I sat with my colleague (@KellyLeslie44) at the networking event for 15 minutes while I worked up enough nerve to approach two complete strangers and ask someone about the Google Glasses they were wearing. These sorts of situations always make me as nervous as ... ...
Fun with the Wizard September 25, 2014 - Yeehaw! About two weeks ago, Brian Kwong (@kwongeriffic) a.k.a “The Salesforce Wizard” (@SFDCWizard) contacted me about collaborating with him on a tongue-in-cheek parody of Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler.” This song and video are related to his upcoming talk at Dreamforce 2014 in just a few short weeks. This morning over at “Wizard News”, Brian released the fruits of our labor upon the Salesforce community, complete with a blooper reel. Brian already had a good portion of the lyrics written and with some help from Mark Ross (@markross__c) and myself, had the thing settled and ready to fly rather quickly. We didn’t get ... ...
Why Go to Dreamforce 2014 August 12, 2014 - Since “I said so”  or “Because you get to see my ugly mug in person” won’t suffice, here are some valid reasons you should strongly consider heading to Dreamforce 2014 this year, particularly if you are a developer. #1) The DevZone — last year was my first Dreamforce experience and sadly I missed much of what was going on in the DevZone. However I did find myself skipping out on a couple of sessions (sssshhhh) to go see what all the buzz was about. From arduino & Raspberry PI to 3D printers, this place had it all and was the ideal ... ...
Standard Page Layout Blackbox Magic in VF August 7, 2014 - As a developer, I’m often times very eager to jump in and start writing code. The Salesforce platform however has a “Clicks Not Code” methodology that I often overlook. Much of the time when a developer is asked to step in, the majority of the “Clicks Not Code” options have been exhausted. It’s no wonder then that I often forget that even though its time to start slinging code, there are number of prebuilt items that I can leverage. This morning, this bit me in the posterior for awhile. I was working with a bit of legacy code that now required ... ...
Thats Why Admin’s Drink August 5, 2014 - EDIT: My kickstart to get this professionally going. Please consider helping out. Reverb Nation (link to audio) As a hobbyist musician — lets face no Grammy’s are heading my way anytime soon — I couldn’t resist writing a song about Salesforce. I’ve been particularly infatuated with the hash tag: #ThatsWhyAdminsDrink. So today, I bring to the incredible admin’s all throughout the Salesforce community their very own song based on the afore mentioned hashtag. This comes with a caveat however, not only am I NOT a professional musician — I’m even MUCH LESS a professional sound engineer. I can do some very basic “stuff” with Garage Band, ... ...
10 Things to Do When Salesforce is Down April 30, 2014 - 1. Stand up and stretch, enjoy the feeling as the blood rushes back into your extremities. 2. Get a drink — I recommend water but a caffeinated beverage works too. 3. Drop in a a workmate, ask them how there day is going. 4. Do you have the use the bathroom? Now would be a good time 5. Check Twitter — see what @reidcarlberg, @kwongeriffic, @benioff, hell even @benioffshoes is up to. 6. Check email, respond to that message you’ve been avoiding. 7. Clean your work area. 8. Smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em! 9. Breathe deeply. 10. Chill the heck out — this stuff happens and you’re not ... ...
Adventures in Apex Batch March 4, 2014 - Earlier today I was working with some web services and needed to be able to update a number of accounts in batch. Well I didn’t so much NEED to, but I had to allow for that possibility.  Due to the number of callouts being made to this external web service, any more than two accounts getting updated and I’d hit a callout limit.  Part of me wants to scream #YourDoingItWrong, but that’s another story. So I found myself pouring over the documentation, various blog entries, and forum postings to figure out how exactly to tackle the issue.  I had already written ... ...
A Year with Salesforce February 28, 2014 - After nearly a year with the Salesforce platform, I've learned what I like and what I don't like. I've also learned that I have much more to learn. Its a vast expansive platform that can be made to anything you want it to. It's clicks not code mantra makes sense for those less technical which can be both a blessing and a curse depending on where you are coming from, so read on
New Look — and it’s Mobile Friendly! February 26, 2014 - In honor of the release of Salesforce1 I decided to do some tweaking of my own. There’s a new theme in town and its responsive! So now I can blather about on your mobile device as well as on your desktop so you can be annoyed on the go! There’s no escape… In all seriousness, I chose the “TumblePress” theme as I’m not a huge photo person so I didn’t need something really flashy with lots of “purty pictures.” It’s mainly a tech blog after all. For me, its clean, mostly uncluttered and came with much of the functionality I needed. ... ...
2013 Brings a New Job January 2, 2014 - It’s been far too long since I last had anything that I deemed “useful” to say. I find myself opting to not write anything whatsoever if I feel its something that doesn’t provide some perceived value. 2013 was full of those moments. I’ve never been one of those “confident” techies who can just spout off amongst a group of my peers. I’d rather sit back, listen and learn something, but on the back side of that is — “what if I really am not as good or as smart as I think I am?” (or insert ... ...