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Best Way to Generate Lots of Fake Test Data for Orgs


I am currently designing a course for about improving Visualforce performance. I decided that it was necessary to load my Developer org with a bunch of fake Account data in order to demonstrate some of the performance improvement techniques I was suggesting. I am NOT talking about unit test data, but actual data (just randomly generated). I have tried to generate things like this in the past and it always […]

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Check out Node.js Tools For Visual Studio


There is no question that Node.js is here to stay and thankfully, Microsoft recognizes this too. They recently released Node.js Tools for Visual Studio which addresses many of the pain points that exist with working with Node.js. The tools are entirely open source and available here on GitHub.  Since Microsoft graciously released Visual Studio Community Version last year as a FREE and fully versioned copy of Visual Studio, you can […]

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Book Review of “The Silent Intelligence: The Internet of Things”


I recently had the pleasure of reading, “The Silent Intelligence: The Internet of Things”. This book was written by two machine to machine (M2M) experts who incorporated their own hard earned experiences along with the opinions of over thirty industry experts. If you are on the fence about the Internet of Things (IOT) and not sure if this is just some trendy fad, then this is the book for you. It will […]

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


If you are doing Salesforce Integration work and working with the REST API, then you have probably already heard about the 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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Considerations when Sending Outbound Emails Through Apex


In a recent post, I went over things to consider when receiving emails using Apex code. In this post, I will go over some tips and considerations you should make when working with outbound emails in the real-world. First off, in order to work with outbound messaging in your Sandbox (note that I said Sandbox and NOT Developer edition), you will first need to enable it since it is disabled by […]

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


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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Curious about the Sara Has No Limits thing?

You may be wondering why I title my blog, “Sara Has No Limits”. One might guess that it has something to do with the limits that Salesforce imposes. Good guess, especially since I have now immersed myself into the world of Salesforce and development, but that actually has nothing to do with it. You see, I have been an independent software developer since 2005, and in 2009, I wrote […]

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Check Out the New Lightning Trailhead Challenge


Last Dreamforce (Oct. 2014), Salesforce announced a new interactive way of learning all about the platform through a new resource called Trailhead. I have reviewed a lot of online training platforms and I have to admit that Trailhead is the best free online resource I have ever seen. And just last week, they released a new training module on how to build modern apps using reusable Lightning components. What makes […]

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More about Receiving Emails Through Apex


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


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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