You may be wondering why I title my blog, “Sara Has No Limits”. One might guess that it has something to do with the limits that Salesforce imposes. Good guess, especially since I have now immersed myself into the world of Salesforce and Force.com development, but that actually has nothing to do with it.
You see, I have been an independent software developer since 2005, and in 2009, I wrote and self-published a small book about my experiences, titled, “No Limits: How I escaped the clutches of Corporate America to live the Self-employed life of my dreams” . I have to admit the book was wildly unpopular and I ended up giving away more copies than I ever sold. **sigh**
It’s okay though because I am still very proud of the book and glad that I wrote it. I learned about myself in the process and I know it touched a few people (so that is all that really matters anyway).
But, if you are curious about the book and would like to order a copy, I still have a bunch and I am obviously willing to sell them – at a very reduced price ($5.99). Basically, I am just asking you to cover the cost of shipping and a little for my time in going to the rural post office I live near to mail it to you. So, if you would like to read my spine tingling book AND you live in the United States, click the Buy Now button below.
On Tuesday I had the honor of speaking at a Dreamforce 14 session titled, “Career Strategies for Developers Transitioning to Salesforce”. A few people at the session asked whether my slide deck would be made available and I promised them I would post it on my blog, so that is the main purpose for this post. If you are interested in the slides from my session, you can find them here.
If you are interested in the other developers I interviewed to prepare for this session, then you can check them out here. I will be adding one each week.
And if you came by the session, THANKS!!!
The Visualforce course I designed for Lynda.com, Developing with Visualforce just went live. You can access it here and even if you are not a member, you can view 4 videos for free.
I am pretty proud of the course. I spent a lot of time trying to think through the best way to teach this stuff to beginners. I hope that I succeeded in some small way. I would love to know what you think, good or bad. I don’t mind getting bad feedback because it helps me to get better.
This is just the beginning too. I plan on doing a whole series of courses. This one was an introductory course, so keep that in mind if you are already very familiar with Visualforce. I stressed using declarative solutions and use of standard controllers whenever possible. I really do believe in the KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid) methodology.
Check out one of the free videos Lynda.com makes available:
Oh, and this is the info on the course:
Start developing custom interfaces for the Force.com platform (including Salesforce) using Visualforce. Sara Morgan walks you through the basics of Visualforce, explores its MVC backbone, issues instructions for downloading a free developer edition of the software, and helps you decide if Visualforce is right for your organization. She then explores how to build pages out of common components; enhance pages with tabs, controllers, and extensions; and use the Developer Console to perform more advanced operations—such as editing multiple records, configuring error handling, and unit testing your code. Along the way, you’ll encounter a series of coding challenges that let you practice and expand your Visualforce coding skills.
What is Visualforce?
Registering for an account
Building a Visualforce page
Building a tabbed page
Using standard list controllers and custom controllers
Exploring unit testing