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Spring 2015 Salesforce Hack Day

Salesforce has been ranked the most innovative company four years in a row! One reason may be our strong “intra-preneur” spirit: where creative ideas and the inner drive to achieve them is well matched. Our tri-annual Hackday provides anyone in Technology and Products (not just engineers) the opportunity to take 24 hours to show off their skills. This time around, we had the most participation we've ever seen!

Salesforce Backup and Restore Essentials Part 1

Salesforce Backup and Restore Essentials Part 1: Backup Overview, API Options and Performance

Planning and implementing a data backup and restore plan can involve significant technical challenges. This article, part 1 in a series, discusses some of the challenges with backup APIs and performance.

Learn about asynchronous processing in Force.com

New Updates to Asynchronous Processing in Force.com

The "Asynchronous Processing in Force.com" article explores concepts and best practices when working with asynchronous processing in Force.com. We've updated the article with minor updates and corrections.

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What Is A Gack?

If you’ve been around Salesforce long enough, you have probably encountered a screen saying "An internal server error has occurred." That screen is what we call a GACK. This message is part of an elaborate system for efficiently bringing these events to the attention of R&D. Click to learn about that system

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Geolocation Field Types in Salesforce1 Platform

The Force.com geolocation field type is a native field type that customers can use to encode locations with geolocation coordinates. The Spring ‘15 release makes geolocation fields generally available.

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CocoaPods Support Comes to Mobile SDK

Now, iOS developers using CocoaPods can integrate the Salesforce Mobile SDK 3.1 into existing apps quickly and easily.

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Salesforce Mobile SDK 3.1: Unified app architecture brings unparalleled flexibility

The new Salesforce Mobile SDK 3.1 makes it easier for developers to build cross-platform mobile apps across devices.

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#SFWITWednesday: 5 New Year’s Resolutions For a More Diverse Team!

Welcome to the first #SFWITWednesday post of 2015! Have you ever felt like you want your company to level the gender gap to have a more diverse team? While there are things companies have been recently trying, there is a lot you can do as an individual that would make a huge difference! Add the following to your resolution list, and make sure to hold yourself accountable. Very soon you'll have your diverse team and no longer be the minority in the room!

WSDL 2 Apex Winner!

I am (finally) excited to announce the winner of our $100 Hackathon contest! As you all recall, we released the WSDL 2 Apex project as open-source in September. In that announcement, I challenged you to put on your coding gloves and box the heck out of those pesky frustrations you had with the current WSDL 2 Apex generator.

Daniel Ballinger, better known as "FishOfPrey", punched out not one, not two, but three issues in a short amount of time. He is your $100 Hackathon Champion!

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Agile and Innovation

We have a program in Salesforce Engineering called ‘PTOn’ in which employees are encouraged to take 1 day per month to do something different than their day-to-day work. Some people use their time to create new applications on our Platform; some people work to improve our automation processes; and, others spend time reading and learning a new technology. I chose to speak at the Scrum Alliance conference to get our Agile story out to a larger, global audience and to inspire learning and innovation. I wanted to learn from an Agile community of engineers in another country.