Salesforce Lightning Design System Node Demo

Last weekend I started playing around with the new Lightning Design System and before I knew it, I had an entire app written!! It was as simple as using Bootstrap! I have a confession to make... I suck at front-end design. I typically stumble over spans and divs and inject…

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I'm the new Salesforce Trailhead Developer Advocate

After Labor Day I'll be joining the Salesforce Developer Relations team as the new Trailhead Developer Advocate! Is this a dream job? Yes! Am I super-excited? Yes! If you are not familiar with Trailhead (shame on you!), it's simply the best way to learn Salesforce. Period. New to Salesforce or…

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My App Mavericks Video Interview with HeyWire

I recently recorded an App Maverick interview for Salesforce with Meredith Flynn-Ripley, CEO and Founder of HeyWire, for a walkthrough of Heywire’s apps, LiveText Agent and Business Messenger. I've been doing SMS integration for Salesforce for years but HeyWire has some great features that make for a complete SMS…

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Alexa for Salesforce with Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo is a voice command device with functions including question answering, playing music and controlling smart devices. Echo connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service, to provide information, answer questions, play music, read the news, check sports scores or the weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do…

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Node-RED for Salesforce

I happened across Node-RED last week while prepping for a topcoder challenge and became obsessed with it. If you are not familiar with it, Node-RED is an open source IBM technology for “wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways”. Since Node-RED is built on…

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Node-RED for Topcoder Challenges with IBM Bluemix & Watson

For the past week I’ve been obsessed with Node-RED. If you are not familiar with it, Node-RED is an open source IBM technology for “wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways”. Since Node-RED is built on Node.js, this makes it ideal to…

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Raise a pint to Forcelandia!

Yesterday I spoke at the first annual Forcelandia conference in Portland, OR sponsored by the Portland Salesforce Developer User Group. Angela Mahoney and Larry Latimer put on a great event that will sure to be back next year. Keep your eyes out for it. Not only was the event hosted…

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Join me at Forcelandia for Salesforce & Beer!

"Forcelandia is arguably the best Salesforce and beer themed conference in the Universe!" - Jeff Douglas If you are in the Portland, OR area this week try to catch my hop-infused ramblings on Heorku at the Forcelandia conference sponsored by the Portland Salesforce DUG. The event is taking place at…

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Building the TopBlogger API with LoopBack

Last week I published an article outling how I rewrote an existing Express API using Loopback, resulting in 75% less code. I described how we initially utilized the topcoder community to design and build the API and the benefits of LoopBack versus simply using Express and Mongoose. In this post,…

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Roll Your Own API vs. LoopBack

Earlier this year I ran a series of topcoder challenges to build a Node.js API for a potential topcoder blogging platform called "TopBlogger". I wanted to see how fast and well the community could design and build an API given only a rough set of requirements. We were very…

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