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Gotchas encountered when working with Lightning Connect and SQL Server Azure Databases

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I recently published my first article for DeveloperForce about Accessing a SQL Server Azure Database with Lightning Connect. I had a lot of fun creating the database and application, but I did encounter several gotchas as I was working with this fairly new technology. This posting lists some of the issues I uncovered while working with SQL Server Azure and what you can do to avoid the problems I encountered. […]

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More about Receiving Emails Through Apex

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The post I wrote once about Receiving and Sending Emails through Apex two years ago has continued to be the most popular post on this blog. So, for all of you that are obviously very interested in this subject, here are some more tips about working with Inbound Emails. In a follow-up post to this one, I will write more about what to consider when sending Outbound Emails. Creating the Inbound […]

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Accessing Salesforce SOAP API through a Proxy Server with a .NET Service Reference

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 If you need to access the Salesforce SOAP API through a proxy server using a .NET Service Reference, you may be confused about how to do this exactly. This would be needed if your .NET application needed to access Salesforce through a firewall. Unfortunately, there is precious little info out there on the Internet (especially when it comes to accessing Salesforce specifically) about how to do this precise thing, hence why […]

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Force.com Canvas and .NET Considerations

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Introduced in Winter 2013, Force.com Canvas offers a way to host non-native (aka, non-force.com) web applications within Salesforce. Using a signed request, applications developed with your language of choice (including .NET) can connect to Salesforce and access data without requiring the authenticated Salesforce user to also log in to your web application. I really like this technology because it opens up lots of opportunities for developers and allows shops with […]

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Comparing the Force.com SOAP API to the New Salesforce Toolkit for .NET

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Last week I sat in on a webinar titled, “Build Customer Centric Applications Using the Salesforce Toolkit for .NET“, presented by Wade Wegner and Richard Seroter. As a .NET developer, I was excited to see a new way of connecting Salesforce via .NET. But, I was REALLY excited when I heard that the new toolkit was open-source and provided native libraries that utilized the async and await model in .NET. I […]

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