Now that the official Agenda Builder is live and developers can start compiling their calendar for Dreamforce, we will be highlighting sessions over the next couple of weeks.  To kick things off, we wanted to point out some sessions that might be filling up fast and developers might want to get in on the ground floor, so to speak.  This is, of course, just a small sample of the content available for you in Agenda Builder for the DevZone.

To register for these sessions, you can use the links provided here below the description to go right to the session in Agenda Builder.  You’ll need to login with your DreamEvent credentials first.  If you have not registered for Dreamforce yet, you can (at the time of this writing) get in on the action by registering with our developer promo code.

Naturally, the first thing every developer should mark on their calendars is the Developer Keynote:

Developer Keynote: Building Amazing Apps Fast!

Wednesday, November 20th: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Moscone Center South, Gateway

With more than one million developers worldwide, Salesforce Platform is the world’s leading enterprise cloud platform for building mobile and social apps. Join Adam Seligman, VP of Developer Relations, and the rest of the developer community to hear how any developer can build killer social and mobile apps faster with the latest platform innovations.

Now here are some sessions by topic:

Career Day

A hot topic at every Dreamforce, learn how you can advance your career and the careers of your peers:

Teach the World To Code
Monday, November 18th: 9:15 AM – 9:45 AM
Moscone Center West, Community Theater

We need more developers! Join us to hear why, and learn about the non-traditional ways that organizations like Coursera, Khan Academy, and Girl Develop It are creating more developers. If you’re a developer, you’ll see how easy it is to inspire someone else to love programming as much as you do. If you aren’t a developer, maybe you will be soon.
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Thursday, November 21st: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Moscone Center West, 2020
Do you love developing on the Salesforce Platform, but wonder what the next steps are for your career? Join our panelists to hear about various career paths, including Consultant, Architect, Product Manager, and AppExchange Developer, to name a few. These experts will share the pros and cons of their careers and also the path to get there.

There is also an event on Sunday featuring a panel of women technologists:

Growing Your Career: FemmeForce & Girly Geeks Networking Event
Sunday, November 17th: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco, Grand Ballroom

Join hundreds of your peers for an evening of thought-provoking discussion and networking. The event will focus on the hot topic of Growing Your Career. A panel featuring leading women technologists from Silicon Valley and beyond will share insights into how best to grow your career. This event is open to both employees and customers. We also welcome attendees from every job role—developers, marketers, and engineers. Drinks and appetizers will be served.
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Apex and Visualforce

Dreamforce 2013 is going to cover a wide range of technologies, but when it comes to our core tech: it’s better to register early.  Here are a few sessions you might want to make sure you’ve to seat for:

The Apex Ten Commandments
Wednesday, November 20th: 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Moscone Center West, 2006 / 2008

The ten commandments of Apex are the fundamental rules that good developers always use when developing. Join us to learn the common pitfalls that often cause difficulties for new developers to the platform so you can architect and develop top-notch applications.
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Apex Enterprise Patterns: Building Strong Foundations
Tuesday, November 19th: 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
Moscone Center West, 2009
Any structure expected to stand the test of time and change needs a strong foundation! Software is no exception. Engineering your code to grow in a stable and effective way is critical to your ability to rapidly meet the growing demands of users, new features, technologies, and platform capabilities. Join us to obtain architect-level design patterns for use in your Apex code to keep it well factored, easy to maintain, and in line with platform best practices. You’ll follow a interpretation of Martin Fowler’s Enterprise Architecture Application patterns, and the practice of Separation of Concerns.
Building Efficient Visualforce Pages
Tuesday, November 19th: 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM
Moscone Center West, 2007
Visualforce, a flexible Web-based framework that lets you develop custom UIs for Salesforce and desktop and mobile apps, lets you implement pages and controllers as you see fit. Often times, though, new or aging designs yield pages that are slow and unresponsive. Join us to learn how to build efficient Visualforce pages. We’ll focus on two key areas for tuning, then treat you to the unveiling of a new third-party tool you can use to scan your org, and find tuning opportunities in the source code for your Visualforce pages and controllers.
Performance Tuning for Visualforce and Apex
Monday, November 18th: 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Moscone Center West, 2006 / 2008
Visualforce and Apex allow developers to extend the platform and build custom applications. There are, however, some common themes in customer implementations that can adversely affect performance. Join us to learn best practices and debugging techniques for tuning performance of your Apex and Visualforce code.

Identity and Internet of Things

OK, I’ll be honest – I just tied these two topics together for the sake of alliteration.  But they’re both going to be big at Dreamforce, so here’s a few to carve out on your calendar:

Single Sign-On and User Management with Salesforce Identity
Thursday, November 21st: 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
Moscone Center West, 2011
With the proliferation of cloud applications, mobile devices, and industry trends like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), IT organizations are increasingly challenged with how to manage and gain transparency into user access to systems and applications. Salesforce Identity helps address these issues by providing IAM for web and mobile applications, built on the trusted Salesforce Platform. Join us to learn how to deploy Salesforce Identity from the ground up. Topics will include Single Sign-On and Provisioning from Active Directory, Setting up an Identity Provider for Single Sign-On to other cloud applications, integrating mobile apps, and more. Come get techie, walk away with the knowledge you need to use Identity to simplify your users’ lives, and transform your business.
Monitor Your Car from the Cloud: DIY Telematics and the Internet of Things
Monday, November 18th: 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM
Moscone Center West, 2022
All cars manufactured since 1996 have an OBD-II diagnostic interface. Join us to learn how to expose this data using a Heroku app and APIs, explore the data available, and be introduced to DIY products like the Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Beagle Bone. We’ll finish by creating an automatic support-request and case-handling system.
Hardware Hacking 101: Introducing the Arduino
Tuesday, November 19th: 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
Thursday, November 21st: 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Moscone Center West, Connected Device Lab
The Arduino is a great platform for learning all about hardware hacking. This session will cover the basics of using the Arduino Inventor’s Kit. No experience necessary. Bring your curiosity and your laptop, and be sure to install the Arduino development environment before you arrive.

But wait, there’s more…

Quite a bit more, actually, as we roll out our biggest DevZone for the biggest Dreamforce ever.  Stay tuned to this space for more highlighted sessions, tips and tricks for Dreamforce and other huge announcements.  What sessions are you excited about this year?  Let us know in those boxes below, or give us a shout out on twitter.

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