To say that we’ve been busy here at Salesforce is a bit of an understatement. But with Salesforce1 Lightning, the Mobile SDK 3.1, Trailhead as a learning platform, the Salesforce Wear Developer Pack for Apple Watch and the upcoming Summer Release, we’ve been busy writing articles, blogs and video tutorials to help developers leverage these technologies. Following is a wrap-up of all the latest new articles, blogs, video tutorials and developments organized by topic that you can use as a quick-reference.

Lightning Components

This week, MVP, Salesforce Certified Instructor and Master Jedi, Don Robins, introduces a new video course, Creating Lightning Components, produced by Salesforce Univeristy. Don also shares his own insights in developing Lightning Components, and discusses the complexities of building Single Page Appications. For those who have followed the development of Aura and are wondering how the framework fits in with JavaScript and your overall development, the course puts it into perspective. In addition to learning how to craft your own components, the course gives some insight into the framework’s evolution. As Don puts it:

The Lightning Component Framework is built on top of the open source Aura JavaScript UI framework, [which was] created by Salesforce engineers to support the Salesforce1 platform. Aura continues to evolve outside the Salesforce1 Platform as an open source product. So, Lightning Components provide a new UI framework built on top of and extending Aura, now fully integrated with and the Salesforce1 Platform.

We are also in the midst of the two 6-week blog series covering the development of Lightning Components. The first, by Peter Knowle breaks down component development by client and server side controllers, then introduces the event model before explaining component inheritance.

Peter Daniel takes a hands-on approach to developing apps by walking you through  building and extending a reporting app:

Other Lightning Posts

Apple Watch


  • Overcommitting in Agile: (Part 1) The Perils – In 30 years developing software, managing organizations, and coaching Agile teams and organizations, I’ve observed and coached dozens of teams where overcommitting is a strong reality. I’ve seen sprint plans with planned velocities that were 2x or more than the team’s average historical velocity. In this post, we’ll explore some of the reasons why overcommitting happens and what it results in. Then in part two, we’ll cover what the likely root cause behind overcommitment is and explore some ideas to try to avoid overcommitting going forward. Overcommitting is not specific to any one company.


  • Accessing a SQL Server Azure Database with Lightning Connect – Learn how to access real-time data from a SQL Server Azure database and display it seamlessly in Salesforce using OData and Lightning Connect.
  • Microsoft + Salesforce = Developer Goodness! – Salesforce and Microsoft announced a new partnership initiative back in October 2014.  The basis of the partnership is to make customers successful with their IT endeavors.  While there will be a lot of customer facing integrations with Office 365, Salesforce1 on Windows Phone and Power BI integrations, it is also very good news for Developers.


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