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Adapted from https://unofficialsf.com/winter-21-flow-preview/
Salesforce Flow is a great tool and declarative builder that makes it easy to build automation into our orgs. Winter ’21 is a big release for Flow, and there are a few important updates that are going to make developing with Flow easier than ever!
Now GA: Screen components can use generic sObject attributes
This capability is used to deliver screen components like this Datatable extension:
Invocable Actions (aka Flow Actions) already have this functionality at GA level.
Import Flow Actions for public web services like Jira, Trello and eBay with External Services (PILOT)
External Services, which I think of as ‘API Action Builder’, has been enhanced to support OAS 3.0 and schemas up to 1 million characters in size. The biggest impact of this is that, for the first time, it’s possible to use External Services to bulk import the ‘schemas’ (basically a big text file describing APIs that you can call) of public web services, generating dozens of Flow Actions that directly access those web services’ APIs.
Not all web service schemas can be imported in Winter ’21. Some are longer than the current 1 million character limit. Others produce errors when you try to ingest them because of functional gaps that still need to be addressed. However, as you can see from the image above, the list of services that you can successfully ingest includes Jira, Dropbox, Instagram, Twitter, MailChimp, eBay, Walmart, GoToMeeting, Trello, and Medium. Here are some examples of the actions that become available for use in flows:
Note that this is currently planned as a closed pilot, meaning you need to request access via your company’s Account Executive.
Have questions? Since these are official features, we suggest you post questions to the Automation Trailblazer community.
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About the author
Alex Edelstein is a VP of Product Management on Automation Platform.
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