Salesforce Developer Console Quick Start Guide

Coding Tools: Salesforce Developer Console

One of the tricky parts of learning to code is knowing where to put all the fabulous stuff you’re writing!

Your classes go one place, your triggers go another, and what about testing your SOQL or running your Unit Tests? It can be very confusing for sure if you’re new to this code stuff.

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Two Great New Salesforce Trailhead Modules: Data Security and Change Management

New Trailhead Modules! Data Security and Change Management

I’m taking a short break from the Cooking with Code program for a quick Trailhead Public Service Announcement.

If you’ve been following my posts for a while, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Salesforce Trailhead, the online learning platform for all things Force.com. I’ve written a few blog posts on my experience with Trailhead including a comprehensive review “Elevation Gain: A review of Salesforce Trailhead

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Elevation Gain: A review of Salesforce Trailhead

12,120 Trailhead PointsI completed the available Salesforce Trailhead modules last Friday with mixed feelings. I’m really pleased to have checked all the boxes and gained all the badges, but I’m more than a little sad that I’m done (for now).

I wanted to give back some love to the Salesforce Developer Relations group by writing a review.  You can probably guess that I loved it, but I hope to say more on why, and better yet, get you to check it out for yourself. Plus some tips on how to best use the tool, and advice on what you might want to skip over if you’re short on time.

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Never give up! Never Surrender! (or how perseverance is important in Apex [or any] coding)

Fabulous New Salesforce Trailhead Badges!I am totally and utterly thrilled to announce that I have written Apex and it worked! It actually did what I meant it to do! Thanks to Salesforce Trailhead, I have achieved a major goal and written my first Apex trigger. Phew! What I high I have.

I have to say, that the biggest lesson from my experience with CFML coding (ColdFusion Markup Language), is to persevere and never give up on finding the answer.  It’s such a huge deal in my mind, and an absolute must for anybody wanting to get into coding (which is so darn picky about every little keystroke), that I wanted to blog about it.

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Lessons from the Trailhead – Workflow Rules and Visual Workflow

Workflow automation on Salesforce TrailheadAt events like Dreamforce I never feel more keenly that it would so super awesome to have a clone or two that I could attend all the sessions my little Salesforce junkie heart desires. I spend waaaay too much time before DF shopping for the optimal collection of sessions. At least I do that beforehand…during DF I tend to wing things and change sessions up on instinct.

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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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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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