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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PTO in Alaska!

I left a couple of weeks ago on a month long family vacation in Alaska. Unfortunately I'm too busy riding moose, visiting glaciers, ziplining through forests, hiking mountains and generally doing Alaska stuff to post on my blog or reply to comments. I apologize for the inconvenience but I'm in…

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New Salesforce Lightning Component Framework Learning Resources

We ran our Salesforce1 Lightning series of challenges at topcoder last fall after the announcement at Dreamforce with much success! Since the framework was beta we knew that we were writing code on the bleeding edge. There was a lot of trial and error involved but you came through in…

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Deploying Apps to Heroku with Docker

Yesterday Heroku released beta support to build and deploy Heroku apps with Docker. It would be an understatement to say that this created quite a bit of buzz inside Appirio. We are big fans of Docker and have been promoting it for all types of uses, blogging about it and…

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Start Writing ES6 JavaScript in your Node.js Apps Today!

ECMAScript 6 (the next version of JavaScript) should be rolling out in browsers sometime this year. If you want to start using the awesome features of ES6 now you have a couple of choices: Use the Node.js Harmony flag ala node --harmony app.js to enable the new ES6…

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