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How to Set the API Version using the Force.com Toolkit for .NET

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If you are doing Salesforce Integration work and working with the REST API, then you have probably already heard about the Force.com Toolkit for .NET. But, because the toolkit is unfortunately not very well documented, you probably had no idea that it defaults to using version 32 of the REST API. You also probably had no idea that you can change the api version (like to the latest version, which […]

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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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Check out the Free and Unrestricted Version of Visual Studio – Community 2013

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I am an independent developer, so I am responsible for purchasing my own software. Hence one of the big reasons I have been so turned off by Microsoft in recent years. But, I am happy to say that Microsoft may finally be learning their lesson and truly turning a different cheek. In November of 2014, Microsoft announced a free and unrestricted version of Visual Studio 2013. The new version is […]

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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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Nothing but .NET Series on DeveloperForce

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Yesterday marked the beginning of a new series of posts I am doing for the DeveloperForce Blog on .NET integration with Force.com. The first post, which you can find here goes over the differences between using a service reference versus a web reference when connecting to the Force.com SOAP API using .NET. I actually discovered a surprise result when doing the research for this post, so if you work with.NET […]

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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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Google Charts and ASP.NET

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I recently had the opportunity to redesign a very small web application that was used to display residential housing statistics. The previous application was created over 10 years ago and as you can imagine, now leaves a lot to be desired. It was an ASP.NET application that used many post back operations to render charts using a very limited 3rd party charting tool. It performed slowly and lacked a lot […]

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Why a .NET Developer Loves Force.com

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When I graduated from College 20 years ago, I had no idea how much would change in the world of Software Development. Back then, the college I attended taught students COBOL as the primary language (and yes, I realize that some people reading this will not even know what that is). It is lucky for me that I love learning new things. My entire career has been one VERY long […]

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