Dreamforce 2015 Recap

Those white clouds looked so sad and plain!

Those white clouds looked so sad and plain!

I’m writing this on a plane heading to the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, and it seemed a fitting time to recap some of the amazing experiences I had at this year’s Dreamforce (#DF15).

It’s been a while since my last post, and I have to say that I’ve been in a bit of Dreamforce withdrawal for the past month and a bit. That and catching up with the work that actually pays the bills (love ya ETR!).

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Cooking With Code: Conditional Statements in Apex (and Java)

blog-conditional-IntroLately I’ve covered some pretty dense topics (SOQL, For Loops, Apex Collections), so I wanted to lighten up our code batter.

Today, we’ll tackle something on the more airy side and also something super fun to work with (and really handy for all Awesome Admins to know). Welcome to code kitchen, where we’ll whip up a batch of conditional statements!

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Cooking with Code: Oh … for the Love of FOR Loops

For Loops in ApexNow that we’ve got our head around how to work with SOQL to pull data sets out of our Salesforce org, it’s time to circle back to loops.

In a previous post, we walked through While and Do-While Loops (and we learned to make Pavlova, which I seem to be obsessed with these days). I mentioned that there was another type of loop; a For loop. That’s the topic of today’s blog post; a fantastically flavor-filled foray into For loops.

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Cooking With Code: A Sweet Intro to SOQL (Part One)

SOQL is used to query Salesforce objects and return record setsWelcome back to another episode of “Cooking with Code” where I introduce delectable bite-sized topics related to coding in Salesforce.

Today we are getting into a sweet subject that I can’t wait to share with you! This is the first of three posts where together we’ll tackle the basics of SOQL, or Salesforce Object Query Language. SOQL is used to pull data sets from Salesforce and can be used in both Apex and Visualforce. Fantastic stuff for Salesforce Admins to learn, because we’re all Data Geeks at heart. (Data Nerds Unite!)

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Cooking with Code: Amuse-bouche* of Apex Collections (Lists, Sets, and Maps)

Orchard with apples

In my last blog post, I wrote about variables, and in particular, primitives. Today I’m going to expand on variables and talk about the oh-so-powerful idea of “collections.”

Unlike Java, which only has one type of collection (Arrays, also know as a Lists), Apex has three to choose from: Lists, Sets, and Maps. Together, we’ll go into each of these types of collections and show you what they are best used for, and how to use them when you start coding.

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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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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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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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