Twitter Bootstrap and Visualforce in Minutes

Everyone says Twitter Bootstrap makes front-end web development faster and easier, but how can we prove that? Check out this blog to see a video of a simple Visualforce page being converted into a responsive, mobile first web page in a little over 3 minute. It covers the foundation for setting up a bootstrap project natively on Force.com. Continue reading

Build Charts with History Tracking Data and the Analytics API

With the Spring’14 release the Salesforce Analytics API allows users to dynamically choose date and get historical data. Check out this sample on historical trending to learn how you can build historical reports and then create visualizations off of that report metadata. Continue reading

Spring ’14 is Around the Corner

Force.com Spring 14 Release Developer Preview

Now that 2014 is officially here, its time to start preparing for the Spring ’14 release. There are some great features coming out this time around, and Dave Carroll and I will be highlighting said features this coming Wednesday in the Spring ’14 Developer Preview Webinar. We will only be airing one live session, but the recording will be made available very soon after for anyone who can’t make it. We’ll also be answering questions about the release both live and via twitter, so feel free to use the hashtag ‘#forcewebinar’ or tweet @forcedotcom to ask anything around Spring ’14. Continue reading

Getting Started on Salesforce1 Platform with an “Hour of Code”

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This week is Computer Science Education Week, and is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students interests in computer science. My question to you is, why does this need to stop at kids? Why can’t it also be people looking to change careers, grow their current skill set, or simply gain experience in a new technology? Short answer, it can! And just like happy shouldn’t be limited to an hour, computer science education can far extend just this week… Read this blog to find getting started material on various forms of development like point-and-click development, mobile, integration, and more! Continue reading

Extend your Salesforce1 App with Mobile Cards

One of the new features in the Salesforce1 arsenal is your ability to create mobile cards. A mobile card is an area of the enhanced page layout where you can drag in Visualforce pages or expanded lookups for mobile viewing. This section of the layout can be viewed from the Salesforce1 app on the related information page of a record detail view. Think of it like how traditionally in page layout editor you could drag Visualforce pages into any section on the layout and see it embedded in the record detail page. Mobile cards are the same deal, but they only show up in mobile interfaces. Continue reading

The Salesforce Platform is Coming to SenchaCon

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Sencha Touch is one of the leading UI JavaScript libraries for creating mobile web applications with a native look and feel. It provides a set of GUI-based components for mobile apps. In just a few weeks, Josh Birk and I will be presenting some sessions at SenchaCon, Sencha’s annual developer conference. Josh will be talking about Integrating Sencha Apps with the Salesforce Platform and I’ll be talking about Salesforce Platform Mobile Services with Sencha Touch. Sencha is the peanut butter to our jelly, and we will be demonstrating their UI-made-easy paired with our MBaaS-made-easy. Continue reading

Building Dynamic Visualforce Page Layouts

Have you ever wanted a page or form to dynamically refactor itself based off of user selections? If you want to conditionally hide or show fields based off of selections on the page, you can do so using only a few standard Visualforce components and a standard controller! Continue reading

What’s Hot in Summer 13

Summer '13 Webinar

It’s always hot in the summertime, and Ryan and I tried to heat it up a notch by spreading the word on all the new things coming out in the Summer ’13 release. If you missed it but you want to see the full show, you can find the recording on youtube. We covered a lot out of the release notes in a little less than an hour, but I’ll give you the cliff’s notes version here. Continue reading

Getting Started with Chatter in Apex

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One of the cool features we went over in the Spring ’13 Developer Preview webinar was Chatter in Apex. Connect in Apex, also known as the Connect API, exposes Chatter API resources as objects in Apex to build native custom Chatter integrations on Force.com. Chatter in Apex extends current functionality of accessing Chatter data using Apex, and exposes Chatter data in a simpler way. Check out this post to see how to get started building your own customizable feed. Continue reading

Create Animated Charts with Visualforce

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Looking to use the new Visualforce Charting types now that its generally available? This article contains code walkthroughs, pictures, and links to other full examples on developerforce and GitHub. Check out these examples of all of the new chart types as well as a JavaScript remoting example for advanced rendering capabilities! Continue reading