Salesforce Lightning - The "Enterprise" JavaScript Component Framework

I presented to the the San Diego Salesforce Developer Group a couple of weeks ago during Lightning Developer Week using a deck supplied by Salesforce. The slide on Lightning Components (below) really didn’t resonate with me and got me thinking. When viewed in comparison to other frameworks, Salesforce…

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Building "Hello Banners" with React & Flux

Welcome to part two of my Building with React & Flux series. Check out the Building with React & Flux: Getting Started to get up to speed on React and Flux if you are new to it. In this post we are going to build a simple app to manage…

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17 Sites Every Force.com Developer Should Bookmark

The Salesforce developer ecosystem is expanding nearly as fast as my waistline and it's hard to keep up with all of the new developments. There are three releases per year that unleash a flood of new features and upgrades plus the push for Salesforce1 Lightning is in full swing. How…

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Tutorial - Building Lightning Components with Spring 15

This post is an update of Tutorial - Build Your First Lightning Component released last October during DF15 for the Winter ’15 release. A number of things have changed in Spring ’15 so the code has been revised to reflect them. Salesforce1 Lightning Developer Week is in full…

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Getting Started with React & Flux

In the last couple of months you've probably heard talk around the watercooler about React as a simpler and more maintainable way to build applications. It has received a lot of attention since Google's Angular 2 announcement last fall and there's been a noticable increase in the number blog posts,…

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If Programming Languages were Beer...

We were surprised the other day when we realized that If Programming Languages were <T> didn't have a category for beer. It seemed like such a tragic mistake, so I naturally started a shared doc at Appirio and began to collect ideas. Here's what we came up with.…

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5 Skills Salesforce Devs Need for 2015

The Spring releases of Salesforce are my favorite. They are always packed with awesome new features and people actually have the time to explore them. Everyone is refreshed from the previous year's Dreamforce and not yet too concerned about the next one. So what do we have to look forward…

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Catching Salesforce Outbound Messages with NodeJS

When building applications that are integrated with Salesforce, one of the choices you have to make is how you get data out of Salesforce and into your app. You can use one of the many ETL tools on the market, you can poll for changed records, use the Force.com…

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Hey Salesforce Devs! Heroku Ain’t that Scary!

I run the Heroku CoE at Appirio and therefore get pulled into a number of pre-sales calls that involve salesforce.com and Heroku. Typically once a week I’ll get the following reaction when talking to Salesforce developers about Heroku: They'll say something like, We're really good at Force.…

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The Future of Salesforce Development is… Javascript?

When I started “developing” with Salesforce back in 2006, s-controls were essentially the only way to customize the application. You’d write a bunch of JavaScript code, upload it to the server and voila… customizations!! Then in 2008 Salesforce released Apex and Visualforce and the platform…

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