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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Ghost CLI

Since the Ghost blogging platform does not currently include a CLI (as of 0.4.2), I decided to build one with some simple admin functionality. I needed a number of these functions when I ported this blog from WordPress to Ghost. With almost 500 posts, I had a number…

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How to Customize Salesforce Attachments

The title is a little deceiving as you can't really customize standard Salesforce Attachements but I'll show you how you can pull off some declarative and coding magic to make it look like you can. How do we do this? Well, the video walks through the entire process but in…

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PubSub Demo with Node.js & WebSockets

I started a new series on the [topcoder] blog called "Phasers on Innovate” where I simply talk about cool tech stuff and build things. Late last year Heroku started supporting WebSockets so I thought I would take a stab at rewriting our Corona application which currently uses Socket.io. Corona…

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Some superheroes fly. Some sit and stay.

A few years ago the Appirio Silver Lining engagement program performed an Extreme Cloud Makeover for Can Do Canines. After seeing what the Can Do Canines can do (pun intended) for people, I was so inspired that I wanted to get involved somehow. I found out that an awesome organization…

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Sayonara WordPress. Hola Ghost!

If the DNS has propagated successfully you should be seeing my new Ghost blog now and I'm super excited about it! I've always hated WordPress (I'm not the only one) for a number of reasons (expensive, bloated, slow, PITA, etc) but it's always been a necessary evil. My main complaint…

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Real World Experience with Salesforce1 Heroku Connect

Cross-posted from the Appirio Tech Blog. Today Heroku announced the general availability of Salesforce1 Heroku Connect. Heroku Connect makes it easy to build customer-facing applications that leverage your existing Salesforce data. Behind the scenes, the Heroku Connect database sync service and new API tools give developers and IT organizations the…

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Updating a Record When Viewed using Std Page Layout

I recently had a scenario where I wanted to track the last time a Lead record was viewed in Salesforce for auditing purposes. I added a simple Last_Viewed__c date field to the Lead object and then set about updating it every time the record was displayed in the…

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Sample Ruby on Rails Force.com Canvas App

Force.com Canvas apps are a great way to extend the Force.com platform with existing legacy apps or to take advantage of existing packages and libraries on other platforms. Lately I've been writing a lot of node.js apps but needed to whip up a quick demo using Rails…

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