Friday, March 28, 2014

Tackling Salesforce Development for Non-Developers

Administration, Education and Managed Services, Salesforce

Written by Jeff Rogers Jeff Rogers

The idea of Salesforce development can be pretty intimidating. Many people think that if they aren’t formally trained as a Salesforce developer, they shouldn’t try to make changes in the platform. I’m here to say it isn’t so.

I recently conducted Luxent’s first Intro to Force.com Salesforce Development class specifically for non-developers. While this class isn’t for the faint of heart–there’s plenty of content to cover including some pretty challenging concepts–I aimed to keep a manageable pace and even make it fun! I’d recommend it to anyone who is a seasoned admin that feels limited by what can be accomplished via workflow rules and formula fields.

The agenda covers a variety of topics, including:

  • Apex Syntax (data types, data structures, flow control structures, etc.)
  • SOQL Syntax
  • Apex Triggers (trigger context variables, bulk concepts, and best practices)
  • Test Methods
  • Debugging
  • Tools – Force.com IDE, Developer Console
  • Deploying code – Force.com IDE, Change Sets

Any organization with Salesforce Enterprise or above should consider use of custom Salesforce development as the best way to maximize its software investment. Training, of course, goes hand in hand with truly taking advantage of all the capabilities within Salesforce and as this class shows, you don’t even have to be a Salesforce developer to dig in and make your system work better for you.

If you’re interested in an upcoming Salesforce training class, visit the training section of our website. I’d love to see you in class!

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