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My “Top 10 Favorites” of 2009

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As 2009 comes to a close, I find myself reminiscing of all the great things that occurred over the past year. So for your reading enjoyment, I present my "Top 10 Favorites" of 2009.

10.  Dreamforce 2009 – The one time in the year where I can hang out with over 19,000 Salesforce and Force.com users. If you didn't get to attend, or just need a refresher on the latest announcements and technologies, check out the recorded keynotes and sessions. 

9. Three major releases to Salesforce Apps (Sales Cloud & Service Cloud) and Force.com (Custom Cloud)… Continue reading

Chatter and Event Driven Architecture (EDA)

One of the things that stuck me while watching the Chatter presentation and demo  was the asynchronous and event driven nature of the collaboration taking place.  As an example, any number of activities happening at your customer account – identification of a new opportunity, a project being completed, etc. can be treated as event that can be handled by the right people or system which in turn could trigger additional events and so on. 

Let us look at a few of the attributes of this style of interaction.

  • The entity(either a person or a system) triggering the event just broadcasts/publishes the event without any knowledge of who may be interested in that -

A hog in armour is still but a hog

There are two distinct approaches that the industry has taken towards platform as a service (PaaS).  The first approach is offering an integrated and vastly simplified programming model in the cloud.  This provides all the infrastructural benefits of Cloud Computing like multi-tenancy, automatic upgrades & elastic infrastructure PLUS it speeds up application development considerably.  Force.com is representative of this approach. I would also encourage you to checkout Mike Kreaden and Peter Coffee's blogs.  Mike relates Force.com to 4GL environment and Peter refers to three independent studies which quantify the productivity improvements of developing on Force.com – one study found a… Continue reading