How about using Docker for Force.com Development?

Docker is an open-source engine that automates the deployment of any application as a lightweight, portable, self-sufficient container that will run virtually anywhere. The great thing about these containers is that they encapsulate any payload and runtime dependencies, and will run consistently on and between virtually any server. I'd heard…

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What? Use Force.com to Build an ESB?

I spent the better part of two days early this month hanging out with Pat Patterson at the Monktoberfest conference talking about beer, technology and kids. If you don't know Pat Patterson, I highly encourage you to find him at Dreamforce this year (you are going right?) and go introduce…

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Chatter for Apex Code Examples

At CloudSpokes.com we wrap a lot of the challenge process functionality into Chatter. So when we started to add more functionality to our site and org we naturally wanted to leverage the new Chatter in Apex functionality. However, it was a little more difficult that I anticipated. Chatter in…

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Debug Force.com REST Calls with Runscope

I love APIs. I love to build them, cURL them, read their source code and talk about them. One of the aspects that I haven't loved so much is debugging them. That is until I found Runscope. We've been using the service for a couple of months and it's made…

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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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Recap 2013 Salesforce MVP Summit

I'm sitting in the Atlanta airport on my redeye flight home trying to catch my breath from the excitement of the last 48 hours. I'm returning from the 2013 Salesforce MVP Summit and struggling to capture all of the thoughts and ideas swirling around in my head. Salesforce flew all…

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First Look - Salesforce.com Aura UI Framework

Fun stuff coming out of Salesforce as we ramp up to Dreamforce! I had the opportunity to sit in on the "Intro to Aura" webinar a few hours ago and I thought I would blog on some key points that I came away with after the whirlwind hour.…

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Log Force.com Events & Exceptions

Logging in Force.com can be somewhat of a challenge. Since there's no log file you can write to, we need to develop another mechanism to record events and exceptions that we can inspect later. Sending emails with exceptions information is fine, but it may become overwhelming. So let's implement…

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Build a Public API on Force.com

Roughly two years ago we wrote our CloudSpokes API on the Force.com platform. It’s evolved of course and the current version is a Ruby application that proxies calls to Force.com via Apex REST Services. Recently we’ve had a number of companies and ISVs come to us…

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Salesforce Junction Records to a String of Values

Salesforce Junction objects are a convenient way to create a many-to-many relationship in your data model. Accourding to the docs, a many-to-many relationship allows each record of one object to be linked to multiple records from another object and vice versa. For example, you may have a custom object called…

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