Visualforce Remote Objects

One of the exciting feature of Spring14 release is introduction of “Visualforce Remote Objects”. You can say its actually replacement of JavaScript Remoting.

Why do we need “Visualforce Remote Objects” when we already have “JavaScript Remoting” ?

Well, here are few advantages of “Visualforce Remote Objects” :

  1. No need to write Controllers, Everything can be done in Visualforce only.
  2. As @RemoteAction annotated methods needs to be static so you had to take special precaution as it didn’t supported Viewstate. This hurdle is completely removed now.
  3. No need to write Test Class now, as no Controller is involved.

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FAQ and Best Practices of Test Classes in Apex

Here I am going to share few answers related to Test Classes, which is being asked many times to me by novice Programmers. Please feel free to post Comments if your question is not answered here. I will try my best to add those Questions in this article. If you want to learn Test Class from very basic, you can check this article also.

  1. Best Practices for Test Classes
  2. Use of SmartFactory to auto generate test data
  3. Test method of Controller Extension for StandardController
  4. Test method of Controller Extension for StandardSetController
  5. Why getSelected() method of StandrdSetController is not working
  6. sample Template of class which generates Dummy Data
  7. checking Error Page Messages in Test Classes
  8. Setting Visualforce Page Parameter

What are some Best Practices while writing Test Classes ?

Well, It differs from person to person, as every programmer has its own style of writing code. However I will list few of mine.

  • Very important and first, “Test Coverage Target Should not be limited to 75%”. It is not about coverage, It is about testing complete functionality. It will be always better if your code fails during test execution, It will be less devastating than failing functionality after product release.
  • If possible Don’t use seeAllData=true, Create your Own Test Data.
  • Always use @testSetup method dedicated to create test records for that class. This is newly added annotation and very powerful. Any record created in this method will be available to all test methods of that class. Using @testSetup method will improve test execution performance by creating test records only once for that class. If you are not using this, means test record is created in each TestMethod which will be very slow. Read this Salesforce documentation for more information.
  • Create Different Class which will create Dummy Data for testing, and use it everywhere (You have to be very careful, as sometimes it may slow down test class execution by creating unnecessary data which does not require by every test methods. So few developer prefer test data creation per Test class)
  • If your Object’s Schema is not changing frequently, you can create CSV file of records and load in static resource. This file will act as Test data for your Test Classes.
  • Use As much as Assertions like System.AssertEquals or System.AssertNotEquals
  • Use Test.startTest() to reset Governor limits in Test methods
  • If you are doing any Asynchronous operation in code, then don’t forget to call Test.stopTest() to make sure that operation is completed.
  • Use System.runAs() method to enforce OWD and Profile related testings. This is very important from Security point of View.
  • Always try to pass null values in every methods. This is the area where most of program fails, unknowingly.
  • Always test Batch Capabilities of your code by passing 20 to 100 records.
  • Use Test.isRunningTest() in your code to identify that context of class is Test or not. You can use this condition with OR (||) to allow test classes to enter inside code bock. It is very handy while testing for webservices, we can generate fake response easily.
  • @TestVisible annotation can be used to access private members and methods inside Test Class. Now we don’t need to compromise with access specifiers for sake of code coverage.
  • End your test class with “_Test”. So that in Apex Class list view, Main class and Test class will come together, resulting easy navigation and time saver.

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How to access ListView in Apex | Using StandardSetController for Pagination

There are scenario in project lifecycle where developer creates SOQL or Dynamic SOQL to return expected result. Also if requirement changes they go back and change existing code to reflect updated SOQL. If you are good developer and avoid to change Apex code at most you will save your SOQL in “Custom Settings” and utilize in Dynamic SOQL.

However, There is very good design Developer can suggest to client. Instead of going to your code and changing code for new requirement, how it sounds if we can utilize existing List View inside Apex or Visualforce only 🙂 ? It will solve lots of problems and if requirement changed, just change or create new Listview and it will reflect in your Visualforce code. We can almost have same functionality like Navigation buttons and Paging without writing any complex code logic, thanks to StandardSetController capabilities.

There is also very good article on Salesforce blog on various approaches suggested for pagination and one of them is using StandardSetController.

To keep article simple, I am posting complete Visualforce and Apex code with Comments inside. Account object is used as an example here. Continue reading “How to access ListView in Apex | Using StandardSetController for Pagination”

JQuery Based Raffle in Salesforce

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Recently i run into very interesting scenario where i had to randomly take name of few contacts. There are many ways to do it but I thought why not to implement this functionality in Salesforce with help of some Javascript? So i came up with this – JQuery based Raffle in Salesforce.

I have created a List View Button, where I select few contacts and using JQuery, One Contact is selected Randomly. Assuming that you already know how to create List View Button, I will share my Visualforce and Controller Extension code with you.

Also, Please note that to run this demo, you need to have JQuery file in your static resource with name “JQueryAndCss”.
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Salesforce Interview Question – Part 15

141 : User Wants to set the starting day in Calendar as “Monday” instead of “Sunday”. How to get it done?
Ans : Change the user locale to “English ( United Kingdom ) ” in Personal information or User record.

142 : Why CSS is not working in PDF created by Visualforce ?
Ans : In Many cases, i have observed problems faced by my colleagues and complaining that CSS is not working when they try to render any Visualforce page as “PDF”. Same Question is asked many times in Interviews also. Basically there are two ways:

  1. Use “apex:stylesheet” tag to import external CSS file
  2. Wrap “Style” tag inside “Head” tag in Visualforce

143 : How to get Ip Address of User in Apex?
Ans :

String ipAddress = ApexPages.currentPage().getHeaders().get('X-Salesforce-SIP');

True-Client-IP has the value when the request is coming via the caching integration.
X-Salesforce-SIP has the value if there is no caching integration (sandbox, developer edition orgs) or via the secure url.
Thanks to TechNrd for this tips. Continue reading “Salesforce Interview Question – Part 15”

Using FieldSet with Visualforce and Apex

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One of the disadvantages comes up with Custom Page or Overriding New or Edit button with Visualforce page is its “Maintenance”, if New Filed is Added or needed to remove field we have to modify our code every time.

However, Thanks to Salesforce that we have “Field Set“.

With the Help of “Dynamic Visualforce Binding” and “Field Set” we can create effective Visualforce pages with ability to change Fields and its Sequence any time without modifying any code.

Let’s start with using Field set in Salesforce.

Step 1: Creating Field Set

First we need to create a field set. For this article, I am using custom object named “Question__c”.

We have to navigate to setting page of that object and then “Field Sets”. Create a new Field Set and add required field in Sequence as displayed in below image.

Create Field Set in Salesforce
Create Field Set in Salesforce

Assume that field set name is “Add_Question”. Continue reading “Using FieldSet with Visualforce and Apex”

Salesforce Interview Question – Part 13

121 : Consider we have overall 90% code coverage however there is one class which have 0% code coverage. Can we still able to deploy that class on production?
Ans : Yes. Minimum 1% required for every trigger and there is no such restriction for Apex class.

122 : How to get selected records ID from List View using Javascript / Ajax Toolkit, when custom button is added on List View page?
Ans : Create a new Button on Lead of type List Button. Add the button on Lead List View Layout and write below Javascript code:


var recordsSelected = {!GetRecordIds($ObjectType.Lead)}
for(var i=0; i < recordsSelected .length ; i++) {
     alert('Selected ID '+recordsSelected[i]);

123 : In Ajax toolkit for custom Javascript button, you have to explicitly login to API because global Session variable is not available. In that case it is security vulnerable because anybody logged in can see the javascript code and your username and password. So is there any way to avoid this?
Ans: We can create a visualforce page with output type as JavaScript. Global session variable is available in VF page. Initialize the global javascript variable in that VF page. include VF page as a javascript file and we are done!

124 : In Custom Component How we can return value to Custom Controller or Controller Extension?
Ans: In Apex, Objects are passed by reference (read this article to understand Pass by Value and Pass by reference in Salesforce and also read this Salesforce blog article). So supply an argument of wrapper class (object) type to custom component. If its value is changed in Custom component we will get updated value in controller also. Continue reading “Salesforce Interview Question – Part 13”

Salesforce Interview Question – Part 12

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111 : How to get the Recordtype Id using Dynamic Apex?
Normally to get the RecordtypeId for any sObject we use SOQL and it will count against your limit. So below method will bypass the need of SOQL Query.

Map<String, Schema.SObjectType> m  = Schema.getGlobalDescribe() ;
Schema.SObjectType s = m.get('API_Name_Of_SObject') ;
Schema.DescribeSObjectResult cfrSchema = s.getDescribe() ;
Map<String,Schema.RecordTypeInfo> RecordTypeInfo = cfrSchema.getRecordTypeInfosByName();
Id rtId = RecordTypeInfo.get('Record Type Name').getRecordTypeId();


Schema.SObjectType.Object_API_Name__c.getRecordTypeInfosByName().get('recordtype name').getRecordTypeId()

112 : Write Apex code which will take the RecordID as input and on the basis of that it will print the Object name and field names of sObject.

List<Schema.SObjectType> gd = Schema.getGlobalDescribe().Values();
Map<String,String> objectMap = new Map<String,String>();
for(Schema.SObjectType f : gd)
     objectMap.put(f.getDescribe().getKeyPrefix(), f.getDescribe().getName());

String sampleId ='00390000003LIVw';
String prefix =  sampleId.substring(0,3);
String objectName = objectMap.get(prefix);
System.debug('** SObject Name ** '+objectName);

Map<String, Schema.SObjectField> desResult = Schema.getGlobalDescribe().get(objectName).getDescribe().Fields.getMap();
List<String> fieldList = new List<String>();
for(integer i =0;i<fieldList.size();i++)
    System.debug('** Field Name ** '+fieldList[i]);

113. Consider a scenario where you have created a Visualforce page and Controller. You want to restrict the controller action for users which are logged in using “Grant Login Access”. How to acheive this?


When System admin logged in on the behalf of any other user. On upper right corner message is displayed that user is logged-in on behalf of some other user. In Visualforce page we can search for the element with class name present or not? If the element with that Class name exist means logged-in user is not a actual user.

114. How to get “https” link instead of “http” for Visualforce page using URLFOR() in Email Template ?
Ans: When you create the Link using URLFOR() in Email Template, it creates link in “http” format instead of “https” and thus causes end user to logged into salesforce again.

So instead of

<a href='{!URLFOR('/apex/SomePage', null, [id=Some_Object__c.Id,retURL="/apex/SomeOtherPage"])}'>Go to SomePage here!</a>

We can use something like :

<a href='{!SUBSTITUTE(URLFOR('/apex/SomePage', null, [id=Some_Object__c.Id,retURL="/apex/SomeOtherPage"]),'http:','https:')}'>Go to SomePage here!</a>

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Introduction to View State in Visualforce

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Introduction to View State in Visualforce with example and code walk-through

As we know that http protocol is stateless protocol. Unlike Other programming languages like Java and C# the variables, objects are persisted between different method and network calls. However in case of server client model, the server only stores the session related information of client, however it does not stores the temporary data being used by the clients. Sometime hidden field values, IDs and other information are needed by server for processing.

For example : If client needs any data and is loaded by the server in first request, if error comes the server will need to retrieve data again for second request. Also it is possible that few data is created at client side also, so to persist the state of client View State is used in Visualforce.

Before Summer 12, For every form tag the View State was created. However from Summer 12 release only one View State will be created per page. View State is encrypted and transferred to client with each response. View State cannot be viewed with tools like firebug however salesforce has “View State Inspector” to check the View State Data.

Types of Data Saved in View State:
Following data are saved in Viewstate

  1. All public and private data members present in Standard, Custom and Controller extensions.
  2. Objects that are reachable from data members in Custom and Controller extensions.
  3. The component tree for that page that represents the page’s component structure and the associated state which are the values applied to those components.
  4. Small amount of data needed by visualforce for other general purposes.

Transient Variable and Objects:
As Viewstate is transferred over http with every response, it is very necessary to control the size of View State. There are lots of situations where data is not needed after postback or not needed on Visualforce page then in that case we can make variable or object transient. The transient variables are not passed to view state and therefore not stored in View State. Continue reading “Introduction to View State in Visualforce”

JSON output in Visualforce

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The Example of generating the JSON Output in Visualforce page using JSON.serialize method provided by Salesforce

In this article, i will demonstrate using the JSON.serialize() method provided by the Salesforce to convert the class into equivalent JSON String.

Before going into depth would like to explain the basic concept of JSON syntax for the newbie.

There are following thumb rules i have identified from my experience, please comment in this article if i miss something here:

  • The JSON stands for “Java Script Object Notation“.
  • JSON is used widely as an option to xml, because the xml is very verbose whereas the JSON is having very simple representation.
  • It Simply have a key and value pair combination.
  • DataTypes supported by the JSON are “Number, String, Boolean, Array, Object and null”.
  • Key and value pair are separated by colon “:”
  • Object is enclosed between curly brackets “{” and “}”.
  • Array is enclosed using square bracket “[“, “]” separated by the comma.

Example of JSON syntax:

     "firstName": "Jitendra",
     "lastName" : "Zaa",
     "age"      : 26,
     "address"  :
         "streetAddress": "21 2nd Street",
         "city"         : "Nagpur",
         "state"        : "MH",
         "postalCode"   : "400008"
           "type"  : "Mobile",
           "number": "212 555-1234"
           "type"  : "Home",
           "number": "646 555-4567"

Download Source code – Visualforce page as JSON
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