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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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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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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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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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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What does Heroku1 mean for Developers?

Heroku1 was announced a couple of weeks ago at Dreamforce but was overshadowed by the Salesforce1 fanfare. Salesforce1 is awesome but, I think Heroku1 is just as important, if not more, as it will open the platform up to new developers and new ways to develop apps for Force.com.…

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Announcing the Force.com & Heroku Weekly Newsletter

I'm been a fan of the Ruby, JavaScript, Node.js and Postres weekly newsletters and just realized that there is not one for Force.com and Heroku. So I decided to blatantly rip off the idea and start one! The goal is to curate articles that I think might be…

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CloudSpokes - Heroku Success Story

So my customer success for CloudSpokes on Heroku went live today with a link in their developer newsletter. Pretty good stuff on how the CloudSpokes community members built the CloudSpokes site on Database.com and Heroku. We honestly don't think it would have been possible to do with any other…

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Force.com Streaming API with Ruby

I must publicly confess my love with the Force.com Streaming API. (Don't tell my wife.) Last September I wrote a blog post entitled, Node.js Demo with Force.com Streaming API & Socket.io that showed how to stream events from Saleforce.com to the browser using Node.js.…

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Restforce Ruby Gem for Salesforce.com

As one of the committers for the Databasedotcom gem, I follow most of the other committers to see what they are working on. I was pleasantly surprised a few months back when Eric Holmes started pushing code for a project called "Restforce". I nearly fell out of my seat when…

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