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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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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