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New Customizing Salesforce with Lightning Components Course Released

I am proud to announce that yesterday my new course for Pluralsight titled, “Customizing Salesforce with Lightning Components: Getting Started” was released. Here is the long description: In this course, you’ll learn how to easily customize Salesforce with the new Lightning Component framework, which includes all the tools and technologies needed to build responsive and efficient components for any device. First, you’ll cover the basics of building Lightning Components, and […]

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Initial Impressions of SalesforceDX

Last year at Dreamforce, Salesforce’s Wade Wegner unveiled a new initiative called SalesforceDX, in which Salesforce promised to make the Version Control System the source of truth and NOT the Salesforce org, as it is now. SalesforceDX represents a VERY different way of development. As a former .NET developer, who has long considered the Salesforce tooling to be anything but robust and not in line with some of the more modern […]

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Hello Lightning Data Service

The Winter 17 Salesforce release introduced a lot of exciting new changes for Lightning Component Developers. One of the most significant, was the release of the Lightning Data Service (LDS). The LDS is “kind of” like the standard Visualforce controller, but for Lightning components. Even after the Spring 17 release, it remains in developer preview. This means you cannot use it for Production apps  and it will likely change names before it’s […]

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Trailheads New Data Integration Specialist Superbadge is Super Fun!

I recently had the fortunate opportunity to provide early testing and feedback for the latest Superbadge released by Salesforce’s Trailhead. This one covers all the different aspects of being a data integration specialist. This includes being able to configure both inbound and outbound security, being able to synchronize Salesforce data with external systems, and creating test Apex classes to do both Apex REST and SOAP callouts. Even though I have […]

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Top 5 Lightning Tips for Visualforce Devs

#1- Transition does not have to be all or nothing For Visualforce Developers, when it comes to transitioning to Lightning development, it does not have to be an all or nothing deal. Very few development shops/companies will go from doing all Visualforce development to doing all Lightning development overnight. That is just not realistic, nor a good idea, in my opinion. The introduction of Lightning Out offered a lot of options for […]

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Natural Language Processing for JavaScript…Seriously

I would highly recommend anyone interested at all in Natural Language Processing (NLP) check out this newly released free course from the great folks at EggHead.io titled, “Natural Language Processing in Node.js“. This short, but sweet course by programmer/artist Hannah Davis is based on work she did on a project to translate literature into music. The project, named TransProse would read in text using the natural library, which is available as […]

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AI for Everyone? Kind of

Recently, Salesforce started a campaign concerning their latest product offering, Einstein. This campaign promises, “AI for Everyone”. That is quite a claim and Salesforce is certainly not the first to make it. As a self-proclaimed AI Enthusiast/junkie, I can say that I have seen this type of claim before. However, this is the first time that I think it might actually be somewhat possible. At least as far as a specific […]

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Passed the Salesforce Platform Developer I and II Transition Exam!!!

Woo Hoo!!!! I am VERY happy to announce that yesterday I passed the Salesforce Platform Developer I and II transition exam. This exam is offered to Advanced Developers that want to take an easy path to getting their Platform Developer certs. But, that does not mean this test is easy. The questions are scenario based (as you would expect) and do not test whether you memorized the material, but rather […]

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Winter 17: Replacing JavaScript Buttons With Lightning Actions

Winter 17 has introduced a whole bunch of new enhancements for Lightning and I will be blogging about a lot of them in the next few weeks, but one of my favorites is the new Lightning Actions that provide the ability to replace all those JavaScript buttons you may have littered about your org. Ok, now anyone that has an org with more than one JavaScript button, just read that […]

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