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”

Proper Use of ActionStatus component

In preparation for the Advanced Developer exam, I have been painstakingly going page by page through the Visualforce Developers Guide (which can be found online here). Almost every single person that has passed the exam has suggested that you become intimate with this document, but I wonder how many people truly are. I keep findingContinue reading “Proper Use of ActionStatus component”

Setting Tab Order – Use TabOrderHint instead of TabIndex

In the last few days, I have been preparing for the Advanced Developer Certification by going page by page through the recommended Salesforce Developers Guide. I was shocked when I received an error trying to save a sample page using the code supplied in the online guide (page 39). The sample page involved setting theContinue reading “Setting Tab Order – Use TabOrderHint instead of TabIndex”

Updated Podcasts of Apex Training

UPDATE: According to Chris Barry , the instructor in these pod casts, Salesforce has removed them because they are now focusing on new/better low cost training. As soon as I learn more about what that is, I will post about it here. For anyone studying for the Salesforce Advanced Developer Certification, I strongly suggest youContinue reading “Updated Podcasts of Apex Training”

Lessons Learned While Writing Apex Code

I have been writing object-oriented code for several years and specifically writing Apex code for over a year now, yet every time I go to create a new class or a trigger, I feel like I learn something brand new. This post is a summary of some of the most important lessons I have learned.Continue reading “Lessons Learned While Writing Apex Code”

On Being a Certified Salesforce Developer

After six very intense weeks of study, I finally cemented my status as a Certified Salesforce Developer on March 9, 2013. As a former Microsoft MCSD, MCDBA and MVP, let me just say that Salesforce sure ain’t giving these things away. The test was VERY tricky and reminded me of the certification tests for MicrosoftContinue reading “On Being a Certified Salesforce Developer”