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Apply .NET Skills to Salesforce

NETTrail

Released yesterday is a new trail titled, “Apply .NET Skills to Salesforce” and it is all about wooing more .NET developers to the Salesforce platform, which I am of course, all for. This FREE and most excellent resource is written by a .NET developer for .NET developers. It does not sugar coat anything about the platform, but instead tells .NET developers honestly and directly what the platform offers and how […]

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Updates to the Force.com Toolkit for .NET

UpdateToolkit

Almost two years ago, DeveloperForce released a REST-based toolkit that offered an easy way for .NET developers to connect with the Force.com & Chatter REST API’s. Since then, the toolkits creator has unfortunately left Salesforce, but lucky for us all, that has not stopped development. Thankfully, the newly formed alliance between Salesforce and Microsoft (along with some great pull requests made by the open source community) has allowed the update […]

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Step Three: Publish Web Application to Windows Azure (3 of 4)

AzureWebApps

This post will be part 3 of a 4 part series in which I will step you through what is necessary to expose and access a multi-table SQL Server Azure database with built-in relationships. These steps were covered at a high-level in my talk , but in this series, I will go through each step in greater detail. The steps will consist of the following: 1.) Create a SQL Server Azure Database […]

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Step Two: Create ASP.NET Application to Expose Data as oData (2 of 4)

VSCreateProject

This post will be part 2 of a 4 part series in which I will step you through what is necessary to expose and access a multi-table SQL Server Azure database with built-in relationships. These steps were covered at a high-level in my talk , but in this series, I will go through each step in greater detail. The steps will consist of the following: 1.) Create a SQL Server Azure Database […]

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Step One: Create a SQL Server Azure Database (Post 1 of a 4 part series)

PetSuppliesPortal

At this years annual Dreamforce conference, I had the honor of speaking about SQL Server Azure Database relationships using Lightning Connect. The talk was based on an article I wrote for DeveloperForce earlier this year titled, “Accessing a SQL Server Azure Database using Lightning Connect“. The original DeveloperForce article detailed the steps for creating a WCF Data service that exposed a single table SQL Server Azure database as OData. This post […]

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Check out Node.js Tools For Visual Studio

NodejsToolsForVS

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

toolkit

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

Lightning

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

VS

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

soap

 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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