Introduction and basics of Salesforce Developer Experience (Salesforce DX) with source code and Video tutorials
Important : At time of writing this post, Salesforce DX is in pilot phase. Mostly any product in Salesforce goes from Pilot to Beta and then Generally available. There is no guarantee that if this product is released, it would work like exactly same as written in this post.
If we already have Salesforce Metadata API, Force.com IDE and other tools then why do we need one more tool like Salesforce DX ?
In tools like Changeset, Metadata API or Force.com IDE, source of truth is Sandbox. Although we can setup process and continuous integration (CI) to use some source code management (SCM) like Git or SVN. However these kind of setup takes time, expertise and lot of effort.
Salesforce DX not only solves above problem but
Ability to consider SCM as source of truth
Use any favorite IDE or any SCM
Powerful CLI to help minimizing complexity of setting up CI
Updated Force.com IDE to support Salesforce DX if you are not comfortable with CLI
and most important, spin off Scratch Orgs within minutes through script to quickly work on POC or package based development
What are scratch Orgs ?
Salesforce DX can be enabled for any Salesforce instance and they are known as Developer Hub. One Developer Hub can have multiple Scratch Orgs. Scratch Orgs are temporary Salesforce org which can be created quickly and metadata can be deployed from SCM. These kind of Orgs can be used by developers to perform quick proof of concept or build and test packages. Once package is build and saved back on SCM, scratch org can be destroyed easily. Continue reading “Getting started with Salesforce DX – Salesforce Developer Experience”
In Summer 17, URLFOR method in Visualforce would not work in Lightning Experience if used directly. Even sforce.one API is not fully compatible.
You read it right. Its not Locker Service that may break your code, but Summer 17. If you have legacy Visualforce page, which needs to navigate to Lightning experience and URLFOR is used directly, then chances of getting below error are very high.
How to print or export code review feedback report generated by Salesforce Lightning CLI tool
In this post, we discussed that how Lightning CLI can be used to get a code review information of custom Lightning component. However, code review is either printed or exported as a file in text or JSON format. Question is, how to get Lightning component code review feedback in HTML or PDF format ?
I tried various options available here however there were no way to export code review feedback generated by Lightning CLI. Output generated by Lightning CLI is not presentable to business executives or clients.
How to use Lightning component in node.js (External websites) by using Lightning Out. It shows how to enable CORS and SSL in Node.js with Video and complete source code.
If you were the users of IGoogle, few years back, you would be excited to know that web development is progressing in that direction. Architect of web application development is getting shifted towards component based development by introducing concepts like Web Components and frameworks like polymer and Lightning Components. One of the possible use case of component driven development is ability to use whole component externally. In IGoogle, components were built by partners and then was exposed as widgets to be used on your custom Google home page. Salesforce product team, being visionary came up something like this by introducing Lightning Out. With the help of Lightning Out, we can surface our existing Lightning Component to external websites. Previously, we already discussed that how Lightning components can be used on Visualforce pages using Lightning Out.
Complete Source code to create generic and responsive Table component in Salesforce Lightning
Almost one year ago, I wrote this article to demonstrate how to create a responsive datagrid component in Lightning. Recently, when I went back to the post, I realized that responsive table component in Lightning could be a lot more easier. So, lets see easier and efficient approach to create a Responsive and Generic Table component in Lightning.
First and foremost, we need to provide data in below JSON format to Lightning component, everything else would be taken care by component itself.
Open source project to evaluate rules in Salesforce using Apex
Coming from Java background, we know that there are many open source or free Business Rules Management System (BRMS) tools that can be used like Easy rules or Drools. I was in search of such tool for Salesforce but didn’t find any. There are few AppExchange BRMS products however they are paid and heavy in terms of features needed. Who don’t love free stuff 🙂 and wanted it free and open source. While searching, I came across this post of Martin Fowler and it encouraged me to write my own rule engine for Salesforce.
How to use Integration Value in State & Country picklist in Salesforce
Recently there was an interesting requirement in using State & Country picklist of Salesforce. Salesforce saves ISO code of State & Country picklist in Alpha-2 format however external system connecting to Salesforce needed Alpha-3 format.
There has been already an Idea on Idea Exchange created around 4 year back to support the Alpha-3 format however doesn’t seems much progress from Salesforce product team.
Anyways, there could be multiple way to handle this like, Maintaining Custom Setting , Custom metadata or Custom object for mapping between ISO Alpha-2 and Alpha 3 and use trigger to populate custom ISO field on Account or Contact.
While going through implementation guide of State & Country picklist, there was mention of Integration Value setting, which could be used to store the ISO Aplha-3 code. To see this option, navigate to “Setup | Data Management | State and Country/Territory Picklists | Configure States and Countries and Territories | country name | Edit” . Below image shows the setting
Step by step guide to set up Continuous Integration (CI) for Salesforce using Team Foundation Server (TFS) with video tutorial
I have already written some Continuous Integration (CI) posts for Salesforce previously using different tools like Jenkins. In this blog post we will go through steps to use Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) to set up Continuous Integration.
We can either use cloud based Team foundation Server (TFS) or locally installed on network. For ease, we would be using cloud based TFS for this blog post.
Step 1: Creating developer account on VisualStudio Online
Navigate to https://www.visualstudio.com/ and choose Get Started for free in Visual Studio Team Services section. You may need to create a new Microsoft developer account, if you don’t have it already.
Step 2: Using TFS as source code repository
Once we are able to login to TFS, lets start by creating a code repository. That’s right, you don’t need separate Bitbucket or Github account to save your code/metadata unlike in Jenkins. So, our start with TFS is really good and impressive till this point 🙂 . Wizard to create new project is self explanatory and would look like below image
List of my favorite features in Salesforce Spring 17
In this post, I would be only talking about Generally available (GA) features, excluding pilots and Beta. Saving those awesome features for suitable time to come. So, here are some of my favorite picks from Spring 17.
Imagine we are doing REST API call from external system by creating Account first and then contact. In between if internet connection is gone or user closes browser and only Account created without contact ? From Spring 17, we can reduce number of REST API calls made by combining them in single request. Advantage of this feature would be easier transaction management and API limit saving. You can have up to 25 subrequests in a single call. Up to 10 of these subrequests can be query operations, including Query, QueryAll, and “Query More” requests to obtain the next batch of query results. Continue reading “Salesforce Spring 17 release – My favorite features”
T-SQL Script to read all files in directory and store back in table – SQL Server
Recently I was in need to analyze Salesforce debug log for one stubborn issue which was very hard to reproduce. Was able to download 1500+ debug logs on my system, however to analyze it, I decided to take help of SQL Server.
Very soon I came into challenge to read all files in a directory and store it back in SQL Server table.