Announcing a Node.js Chatter Plugin for nforce

After I woke up from my turkey-induced coma on Thanksgiving I wanted to send Chatter to everyone in our Appirio Salesforce org to inform them that I was still alive. Sure, I could have fired up the trusty, ole Chatter app but since I like to work from the command…

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Apex Algorithm Challenges for Force.com

Just prior to Dreamforce 2014, I launched Code Your Way In allowing developers to complete an Apex algorithm challenge for free entrance to our Topcoder Open developer conference. Feel free to try it out. In a nutshell, the node app uses the nforce-tooling plugin for nforce I wrote to submit…

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Dreamforce 2014... I miss you already!

As I'm flying home from Dreamforce (I'm currently in Pittsburgh as part of my ginormous RV palooza) I wanted to jot down some of my highlights of Dreamforce 2014 in no particular order. My favorite part of Dreamforce is always catching up with old friends. Plenty of bro hugging going…

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Tutorial - Build Your First Lightning Component

I was fortunate enough to be on the Lightning beta and have spent a considerable amount of time building Lightning components over the past weeks. If you are familiar with JavaScript and possibly frameworks such as AngularJS and Backbone, then building Lightning components should be a snap. Topcoder has teamed…

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RunTests Async with nforce-tooling

What do you get when you mix a long holiday weekend with a guy afflicted with ADSO (attention deficit...oh! shiny object)? You get new code for the Salesforce Tooling API! That's right, I added the following functionality over the weekend to the nforce-tooling plugin for nforce. So now you…

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Parsing JSON APIs with SwiftyJSON

Parsing JSON using Swift is not a happy task. One of the first things I wanted to do in a Playground was call the topcoder API and start playing with the returned challenge data. Unfortunately parsing JSON in data is almost akin to chewing glass right now (hopefully it will…

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Topcoder Kicks Off $500K "Learn Swift" Series

Yesterday at topcoder we launched a new series to help developer learn Apple's new development language, Swift. We are extremely optimistic about this language, as are others, and we are making a huge investment in it at topcoder. Over the next 12 weeks or so, we are offering up to…

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Deploying Go Apps to Elastic Beanstalk with Docker

In my last 'Go Tutorial with MongoDB on Heorku' post, we built a simple 'cribs' application using Martini where topcoder members can showcase where they work. If you are just jumping in, you can run the application on Heroku and find the code on our github repo. Today we are…

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Go Tutorial with MongoDB on Heorku

I've spent the last couple of days digging into Go and getting the feel for it and so far I really like it. It built a small web app using MongoDB and Heroku and thought I would share the process. Here is the source code and you can…

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It’s Official. I’m a Serial Adopter!

Last Monday (June 9th) my wife and I added two children to our family making the running total: 3 bio kids and 3 adopted. Raising our first three was sooo much fun we thought we'd do it again with other people's offspring. Hopefully this blog post will encourage someone to…

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