Salesforce Lightning Design System Node Demo

Last weekend I started playing around with the new Lightning Design System and before I knew it, I had an entire app written!! It was as simple as using Bootstrap! I have a confession to make... I suck at front-end design. I typically stumble over spans and divs and inject…

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I'm the new Salesforce Trailhead Developer Advocate

After Labor Day I'll be joining the Salesforce Developer Relations team as the new Trailhead Developer Advocate! Is this a dream job? Yes! Am I super-excited? Yes! If you are not familiar with Trailhead (shame on you!), it's simply the best way to learn Salesforce. Period. New to Salesforce or…

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Join me at Forcelandia for Salesforce & Beer!

"Forcelandia is arguably the best Salesforce and beer themed conference in the Universe!" - Jeff Douglas If you are in the Portland, OR area this week try to catch my hop-infused ramblings on Heorku at the Forcelandia conference sponsored by the Portland Salesforce DUG. The event is taking place at…

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Building Single Page Apps with React & Reflux for Salesforce

We are taking a slight detour in our Building with React & Flux series to show how straight forward it is to write Single Page Applications (SPA) with React and Reflux for Salesforce. If you are just hopping into this series then definitely check out the Building with React &…

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Salesforce Lightning - The "Enterprise" JavaScript Component Framework

I presented to the the San Diego Salesforce Developer Group a couple of weeks ago during Lightning Developer Week using a deck supplied by Salesforce. The slide on Lightning Components (below) really didn’t resonate with me and got me thinking. When viewed in comparison to other frameworks, Salesforce…

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17 Sites Every Force.com Developer Should Bookmark

The Salesforce developer ecosystem is expanding nearly as fast as my waistline and it's hard to keep up with all of the new developments. There are three releases per year that unleash a flood of new features and upgrades plus the push for Salesforce1 Lightning is in full swing. How…

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Tutorial - Building Lightning Components with Spring 15

This post is an update of Tutorial - Build Your First Lightning Component released last October during DF15 for the Winter ’15 release. A number of things have changed in Spring ’15 so the code has been revised to reflect them. Salesforce1 Lightning Developer Week is in full…

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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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