How I moved a leaf on Trailhead, or “now that’s what I call customer-focused service!”

Leaf blowing across Salesforce TrailheadI officially get to brag that I’ve made a very small impact on Salesforce Trailhead and I can’t tell you how chuffed that makes me feel. (Chuffed for those who didn’t grow up in New Zealand as I did, means “proud.”)

I know that Trailhead is in Beta, and if it’s like any Beta product that I’ve ever put out for review, there are bound to be some issues here and there. That’s what Beta means in my mind…good enough, but not perfect. I didn’t find any issues with the functionality, but I did find a few (very minor) pieces of content that didn’t jive with my understanding of the Salesforce data model. Nothing major, and to be honest, I thought that I could be wrong, and I wanted to know. So like any good beta tester, yesterday I submitted some feedback. And guess what! I got a response back today from the Salesforce Developer Marketing team! (Shout out to Sandeep, Pavi and Jacob for a fabulous job on all this!).

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Blazing my own path on Salesforce Trailhead

Salesforce Trailhead!I’ve always been into puzzles and word games. I guess that’s one of the things that I like about the coding that I’ve done in the past. I have about 10 years (on and off…mostly off these days) experience with CFML and SQL, so code logic isnt’ new to me, even if Object Oriented Programming is. So when shortly after Dreamforce, Salesforce announced Trailhead I was thrilled! I just now finished my first trail and thought I’d write a wee post to tell you all about it.

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Happy Happy! Data Cleanup Day

T is for Terrific ToolsCleaning up data makes me sooo very happy. It’s one of the things that I secretly love most about being a Salesforce Admin. I love running reports and finding problems and fixing them. Not just with fantastic tools like DemandTools (by CRMFusion– what the heck would I do without this tool!) but also data cleanup tools within Salesforce, like Workflows. So I’m even more excited that I’ll soon be able to do even more with Apex.

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What is Apex?

A is for ApexFirst let me say that I LOVE Salesforce and in addition, sometimes they don’t make it easy for a newbie to understand what the heck they’re talking about! This is the first sentence of the Salesforce ,What is Apex

Apex is a strongly typed, object-oriented programming language that allows developers to execute flow and transaction control statements on the Force.com platform server in conjunction with calls to the Force.com API.

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Want to learn Apex? Then come join me!

womencodehero-miniAll women who learn coding are heroes! At least they are to me. The tech industry is extremely skewed towards men. Women make up 57% of the US workforce, but are drastically underrepresented in Info Tech. Only 23% of the programmer workforce are women, and the numbers for women of color are even smaller (less than 10%).

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