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Getting Back to Basics January 14, 2015 - Sometimes we get so good at what we do or we do what we do so often, we wind up flying on auto-pilot. Whether this is evident in your personal life, or work life — its pretty much unavoidable. Given the nature of this blog however, I’m focusing on work life. Being a consultant, I get to poke around at numerous orgs. Most of these orgs have been around for longer than I have and may have perhaps lost their admin, never had an admin, or have just been “brought along for the ride” and when I show up there ... ...
Handling Objections January 7, 2015 - Often times developers get set in their ways. We like our “norm” and don’t like to change things up all that often. Don’t get me wrong, many of us — perhaps most of us spend time with the “framework of the month” but usually wind up falling back into our platform of choice. I remember when I was fed up with all the various frameworks within the Java world and someone showed me CodeIgniter for PHP. I jumped ship as soon as I could and for the longest time nobody could sell me on anything else. I’d tried rails, and grails, ... ...
Hello 2015 December 31, 2014 - 2014 was a good year. I started flying solo on more projects, became more confident in my own abilities, had an awesome Dreamforce, and began to get a bit more comfortable in my own skin. Largely in part due to me finally saying to myself “screw it, just do what you’re gonna do and don’t worry about what others think of you” — I’d like to say that I’ve held on steadfast to that mantra, but like any new years resolution I had my moments :) I released two original Salesforce related songs, one of which found quite a following due ... ...
Wednesday Wrap-Up November 2014 Edition December 3, 2014 - In keeping with my concept of copping out wrapping up the previous month’s events that I found interesting, or mentioned here on the blog, I copped out present to you the latest edition of the Wednesday Wrap-Up. *cough* cop out *cough* Personal Happenings: I released a Salesforce Christmas song titled “Christmas in the Cloud” — Consumption has been really low though. Hey they can’t all be awesome its not like I’m Taylor Swift or something! (note to self: never release on the day before a holiday during a short work week…#duh) Thanksgiving happened, we hosted — ate too much, then had Thanksgiving Part Deux at ... ...
Christmas in the Cloud November 26, 2014 - The official start of the holiday season is upon us. I tend to be a bit of a Grinch until closer to Christmas, so I decided to write a holiday song to help me pull out of it early this year. However, the subject took a turn towards Grinchy as the hero of our story gets stuck working on Christmas Eve. I present for your — (hopefully) — enjoyment: Christmas in the Cloud (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
5 Tips for Readable Code November 19, 2014 - I’m a cranky programmer. I’m old and approaching curmudgeon status when it comes to code. I fully expect my colleagues to eventually lock me in a back room somewhere to wait for the mysterious “double flash.” I don’t know how I got here, but I’m here now and I know that I MUCH prefer readable code. Like it or not, there’s a very good chance that someday you’ll have to “open the kimono” and allow other developers to read, and even *gulp* modify code you’ve written. As a consultant, I’ve come into some code that is very easy to read, as well as ... ...
Take a Break November 12, 2014 - Over the past 10 business days, I’ve been working heavily on a project for a client that is using Salesforce but my coding efforts have been nearly 100% focused on client side javascript. To be more specific, I’ve been living in the jQuery world for 10 days. Doing so has proven to be beneficial to me as a developer in several ways, and it caused me to reflect a bit on why I feel I really needed this breather: I’ve been living solely in Apex and Visualforce for two years now & I feel like I’ve lost a bit of ground ... ...
Wednesday Wrap Up — October 2014 Edition November 5, 2014 - Being fairly new to this “regular blogging” habit that I’m trying to form, I’ve decided that the first Wednesday of every month will be known as “Wrap Up Wednesday” here on sudovi.com.  What I plan to do is simply summarize everything that either influenced me, entertained me, or general buzz that interested me from the previous month. Some of it may be related directly to Salesforce but buyer beware — I’m a man of many interests so there may be some other things that sneak in from time to time. So without further delay, welcome to the first of hopefully ... ...
What Makes a Salesforce MVP? October 29, 2014 - DISCLAIMER: I am perhaps unqualified to speak about such a topic seeing as how I am not an MVP. Therefore, please do not take my words as any sort of official statement as to what “qualities” (for a lack of better term at the moment) one must possess in order to obtain said title. With that out of the way: Last night I was “twitter lurking” (twurking?!? nah) and ran across a conversation regarding a company that was publicizing the number of Salesforce MVPs on staff for a given RFP. Some lively debate ensued (to which I remained a silent spectator) but ... ...
It’s the Community, Stupid! October 22, 2014 - Last year, I didn’t get it. I attended my very first Dreamforce in San Francisco, CA. I had just recently started a new job working with a former coworker of mine and was thrust into this world of fanatics. I sat there and listened to a very moving keynote, and watched the launch of a new mobile platform for interacting with Salesforce. I attended hands-on training sessions, attended numerous technical talks, and drank free beer. I still didn’t get it. All of this tech was all well and good, but it wasn’t doing anything that “only they could do” so ... ...