How to Run the Sample Ruby on Rails Force.com Canvas App Using Windows

First off, I am a big fan of Jeff Douglas and all that he has done for the Salesforce community. I am constantly getting really useful stuff from his blog. That was why I was so excited to see a post he did this month about getting a sample Ruby on Rails Force.com Canvas App.Continue reading “How to Run the Sample Ruby on Rails Force.com Canvas App Using Windows”

Motivation and Tips for Passing the Force.com Advanced Developer Certification

If you are currently pursuing or even just thinking about pursuing the Force.com Advanced Developer Certification, I strongly suggest you check out this video. It is a recording of a panel discussion held at the most recent Dreamforce (late 2013), in which 3 people (seen in the image on the left) who have recently passedContinue reading “Motivation and Tips for Passing the Force.com Advanced Developer Certification”

Add Audio/Video Conferencing to Any Visualforce Page with GoInstant

It is very likely you missed the announcement less than two years ago about Salesforce acquiring a Canadian-based company named GoInstant. It is also likely that even if you attended Dreamforce in late 2013, you missed a very informative session titled, “Build Real-time Multi-User Apps with Visualforce, GoInstant and AngularJS“. From what I can tell,Continue reading “Add Audio/Video Conferencing to Any Visualforce Page with GoInstant”

Training Review: Force.com Training on Pluralsight.com

Anyone that reads my blog knows that I am big fan (and regular subscriber) of the Pluralsight training videos. I cannot imagine staying up to date as a programmer without them. At this time, there are only a limited number of courses that cover the Force.com platform (8 to be exact), but I expect newContinue reading “Training Review: Force.com Training on Pluralsight.com”

Google Charts and ASP.NET

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 chartsContinue reading “Google Charts and ASP.NET”

Why a .NET Developer Loves Force.com

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 forContinue reading “Why a .NET Developer Loves Force.com”

Book Review: Visualforce Development Cookbook

Not a book for beginners, but GREAT for seasoned Apex developers I recently had the honor of reviewing the recently published, Visualforce Development Cookbook. The code recipes are great and could really go far in demonstrating the potential of the platform. It is obvious that the author, Keir Bowden has implemented many, if not allContinue reading “Book Review: Visualforce Development Cookbook”

Custom Components Not Rendering Properly

After much searching, I have finally figured out what was causing two frustrating issues I have run into several times and thought I would share it with everyone. Both issues involve creating a Custom Component that includes HTML. If you use an iframe tag to reference an existing Visualforce page and do not include aContinue reading “Custom Components Not Rendering Properly”

Anatomy of a Great System Document and Why you should Bother

As a professional writer, I admit that I probably focus on documentation more than your average software developer. Over the years, I have learned quite a bit about what goes into making a GREAT system document. I have also noted the extreme lack of good quality system documentation at many of my client locations. Unfortunately,Continue reading “Anatomy of a Great System Document and Why you should Bother”

Clean Code: Writing Code for Humans

I am a proud monthly subscriber of the online training website Pluralsight. I cannot imagine staying up to date in this field without that subscription. Since my blog focuses on Salesforce concepts, I will tell you that Pluralsight offers several brilliant courses that cover Salesforce. But, this post is titled “Clean Code: Writing Code forContinue reading “Clean Code: Writing Code for Humans”