SOQL Polymorphism, or How I Learned to Love the Polymorphic Relationship

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In Winter ’13, you can now use the SOQL polymorphism feature via the new TYPEOF clause to do complex queries on polymorphic fields in a single call. Read more to learn how this feature can make your queries more powerful, easier to understand, and easier to manage. Continue reading

Security Without the Blanket

Force.com Security Workbook

The Security Workbook is a hands-on guide to the Salesforce platform’s least-privilege, user-centric security model. It explains the various policies, rules, and grouping mechanisms that control login and access controls. Continue reading

Let’s Be Clear: Workflow Rule Evaluation Criteria

Screenshot of the Evaluation Criteria area of the UI.

We know that workflow rule evaluation criteria can be confusing. So, in Winter ’13, we simplified the text and reordered the options to show the simplest one first, and the most complex one last.  NOTE: The default setting hasn’t changed, but it’s now the last option in the list.

However, based on customer feedback on those changes, we changed the text again in Winter ’13 to be more descriptive. We also added the “How do I choose?” link back in, but it now points to a more relevant help topic.

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Platform Developer Help – No Login Required

If you’re a Salesforce platform developer, you’ve probably seen our developer guides, tip sheets, cheat sheets and other doc available on Developerforce. But there’s also developer documentation available in the online help, that is, the help available from within the application. Previously, the only way you could access that online help was by logging in to the application.

But not any more! Now you can view the product online help from here–without logging in! If you’re looking for a particular topic or if you’re not a current customer and want to check out the online help, now you can… Continue reading

Winter ’13 Delivers Geolocation Support

Geolocation for your apps

In our Winter ’13 release, Salesforce.com introduces custom geolocation fields, which let you specify a location by its latitude and longitude. Then, using these GPS coordinates, you can create formulas that calculate the distance between locations. Learn more … Continue reading