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Annoying Lightning Bug you want to be aware of

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I just completed development of a new course about Lightning component development for Pluralsight, which I will be telling you more about soon. But, in the meantime, I wanted to blog about a very annoying bug that I ran into several times as I was developing the course that I thought you should be aware of. The issue involves seeing Access Check Failed warning messages all over the console log […]

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Is There Really No Work-life Balance for Software Developers?

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I was reading this interview with the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella and one thing he said really stood out to me. When asked what advice he would have for readers struggling with work-life balance, he responded with, “There’s no such thing as balance.” Really? Well, if you are the CEO of Microsoft, I suppose there might not be, but I do not think that is true for all people […]

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Learn Lightning with Siri

If you have heard about Salesforce’s new Lightning development platform and are curious to learn more about it, I strongly suggest you check out Teaching “Siri” Lightning Components: Building a Hello World Example at ElToro.IT. ElToro (which stand for “The Bull”, by the way) is the alias used by the extremely talented Salesforce University Instructor, Andres Perez. Andres is producing a series of instructional videos that teach you all about Lightning. But, […]

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Apply .NET Skills to Salesforce

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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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New Way to Avoid the Dreaded Mixed DMLError in Test Method

As of the Spring 16 release, there is now another way to avoid an error that would often occur when running Apex unit tests. The MIXED_DML_OPERATION error would occur because you can’t perform DML on a setup sObject (such as User, for example) and a non-setup object (such as Contact) in the same transaction. So, if you had some code such as the following: @isTest public class UserAndContactTest { public […]

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What Ever Happened to Enhanced Computing?

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It is hard to believe, but it has been 11 years since my first book,Building Intelligent .NET Applications: Agents, Data Mining, Rule-Based Systems, and Speech Processing was released. In that book I introduced the term “Enhanced Computing”, to identify software programs that utilize AI-based technologies to improve and extend traditional line of business applications. This was actually the whole premise of my book. Unfortunately, the term Enhanced Computing never really […]

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Gotchas with using SLDSX Components

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The new Salesforce Lightning collection includes a set of open-source user interface design components that were developed by Salesforce Labs. And why would you want to use these? (you might be thinking). Well, they are built to use the SLDS (Salesforce Design System) which I blogged about in the last post. It is like Bootstrap for Salesforce. Except, that it just provides the CSS and in order to implement the components you also need […]

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SLDS is Bootstrap for Salesforce

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I have been immersing myself in the new world of Lightning and one (note the word “one”, because there is more than one) of the most impressive parts about it is the new SLDS or Salesforce Lightning Design System. You can just think of it as Bootstrap for Salesforce since it works very much the same as Bootstrap does for regular HTML-based apps. It just incorporates all the best Salesforce […]

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Updates to the Force.com Toolkit for .NET

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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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