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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"Hello Banners" API for React & Flux

Welcome to part three of our Building with React & Flux series. Check out the Getting Started and Hello React Banners posts to get up to speed on React and Flux if you are new to it. To recap, we are going to build a simple app to manage banner…

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Building Single Page Apps with React & Reflux for Salesforce

We are taking a slight detour in our Building with React & Flux series to show how straight forward it is to write Single Page Applications (SPA) with React and Reflux for Salesforce. If you are just hopping into this series then definitely check out the Building with React &…

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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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