84 Things You Should Know about the salesforce.com Spring ’15 Release

The Spring '15 Release should be hitting boxes soon with 250+ new and improved features! With over 300 page of documentation there are plenty of goodies for everyone. Salesforce continues to give us what we ask for with 5 pages of features implemented from user submissions on the IdeaExchange. I'm…

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AWS Lambda aka Node.js meets IFTTT as a service!

Amazon Lambda was announced last November at re:Invent and billed as “an event-driven computing service for dynamic applications”. What does that mean? AWS will run a chunk of JavaScript (i.e., Lambda function) whenever one of the following events occurs: a table is updated in Amazon DynamoDB…

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Google Go or Node.js for web development? Which is better?

This post has been sloshing around in my brain for a couple of months now and it’s finally time to let it spill out all over the floor. Last July I started digging into Google Go for my Topcoder Cribs with Docker blog post, and found it to…

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Strategies for Building Customer Facing Apps with Salesforce.com

There comes a time in almost every Salesforce org's life when you want to get some data from your org on to the web for customers to interact with. Let's say that you run a non-profit and you want to allow "customers" to sign up for volunteer sites and times…

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EnhancedList Visualforce Component

The enhancedList Visualforce component is an awesome little tag that allows you to display a list view on a Visualforce page. One of the cool features is that you create a custom list view, e.g., "Super Special Contacts", and just show those records in the list view by specifying…

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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

This post is outdated with the release of Spring 15. Please see this post for an updated version. 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…

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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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