Salesforce for Developers

Video description

7+ Hours of Video Instruction

Salesforce for Developers LiveLessons provides developers with a practical introduction to customizing the Platform programmatically. The Platform lies at the heart of the leading cloud CRM,

This video training begins with instructor Michael Wicherski providing a brief introduction to the Platform, walking through how to sign up for a developer environment, as well as the selection and installation of the most common IDEs for developing on the platform. He then presents the basics of Apex by introducing the language and demonstrates how to translate business requirements into triggers. The video continues by covering advanced topics, such as custom user interfaces and asynchronous processing for large datasets. The video concludes with a tutorial on writing test coverage and an introduction to the new development technology from Salesforce, Lightning.

About the Instructor

Michael Wicherski is currently the Senior Salesforce Developer at The Agency RE, where he oversees the day-to-day use of Salesforce; plans, designs, and implements new functionality enhancements; and continually optimizes those already in place. Over the past several years, Michael has been designing, developing, managing, and overseeing the implementation of custom solutions for clients of various sizes, ranging from “mom and pop” operations to Fortune 100 companies. Michael is also the author of Learning Apex Programming and the technical editor ofSalesforce for Dummies, 5th Edition.

Skill Level

  • Beginner
What You Will Learn
  • How to set up a developer environment and install an IDE for Platform Development
  • The Apex language and Visualforce markup
  • How to translate business processes into Apex triggers
  • How to solve common, everyday business problems with custom-coded solutions
  • How to integrate with external services from Salesforce
  • How to write test coverage
  • Lightning apps and components
Who Should Take This Course
  • Developers looking to write custom Apex and Visualforce for solutions on the Platform
Course Requirements
  • Basic understanding of programming and development
  • Familiarity with the Platform (preferred)
  • Familiarity with REST and SOAP technologies (preferred for the integration section)
Table of Contents
Lesson 1: Getting Started on the Platform
Lesson 1, “Getting Started on the Platform,” presents the Platform while discussing the different versions (licensing) and their limitations with regards to programmatic customizations. This lesson then compares the top IDE choices for development on the Platform and their installation.

Lesson 2: Discovering Database Essentials
Lesson 2, “Discovering Database Essentials,” introduces the storage model behind Salesforce and discusses how to store, retrieve, and modify data.

Lesson 3: Using Apex for Business Logic
Lesson 3, “Using Apex for Business Logic,” looks at just how powerful a few short lines of code can be and how much impact it can create for a business looking to automate and standardize data.

Lesson 4: Customizing UI with Visualforce
Lesson 4, “Customizing UI with Visualforce,” introduces the easiest code-based modifications by leveraging standard logic with custom presentation.

Lesson 5: Building Advanced User Interfaces: Visualforce with Apex
Lesson 5, “Building Advanced User Interfaces: Visualforce with Apex,” covers the pivotal aspect of appealing to the end user. Through JavaScript libraries and thorough error handling, this lesson details pleasing the end user and collecting standardized data.

Lesson 6: Incorporating Advanced Business Logic
Lesson 6, “Incorporating Advanced Business Logic,” covers dynamic code and asynchronous code, as well as taking full control of declarative processes, such as sending emails. This lesson introduces a mentality of writing smarter code that can scale and adapt to the context in which it runs.

Lesson 7: Integrating External Systems
Lesson 7, “Integrating External Systems,” covers the real-world need to exchange data between different services. This lesson demonstrates communication from Salesforce to other services using REST and SOAP methods.

Lesson 8: Understanding Test Coverage
Lesson 8, “Understanding Test Coverage,” reviews the necessity for test coverage and the best practices for writing robust tests.

Lesson 9: Getting Started with Lightning Components
Lesson 9, “Getting Started with Lightning Components,” looks at Salesforce’s new development technology: Lightning. It’s already being used to build the official Salesforce mobile app, and the framework allows developers to quickly create reusable components that scale to size.

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Salesforce for Developers: Introduction
  2. Lesson 1: Getting Started on the Platform
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 1.1 Review the different types of Salesforce organizations (licenses)
    3. 1.2 Sign up for a developer organization
    4. 1.3 Explore the user interface
    5. 1.4 Review platform-development options
    6. 1.5 Select an IDE
    7. 1.6 Understand the developer console
  3. Lesson 2: Discovering Database Essentials
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 2.1 Get familiar with the data model
    3. 2.2 Store data
    4. 2.3 Retrieve data
  4. Lesson 3: Using Apex for Business Logic
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 3.1 Understand Apex
    3. 3.2 Explore special considerations for triggers
    4. 3.3 Understand governor limits
  5. Lesson 4: Customizing UI with Visualforce
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 4.1 Create a Visualforce page
    3. 4.2 Use standard controllers
    4. 4.3 Utilize standard set controllers
  6. Lesson 5: Building Advanced User Interfaces: Visualforce with Apex
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 5.1 Write your own custom controllers and extensions
    3. 5.2 Understand Apex Scope Control
    4. 5.3 Implement JavaScript
    5. 5.4 Use external resources
  7. Lesson 6: Incorporating Advanced Business Logic
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 6.1 Learn about asynchronous processing
    3. 6.2 Send emails
    4. 6.3 Understand Dynamic Apex
    5. 6.4 Leverage Custom Settings
  8. Lesson 7: Integrating External Systems
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 7.1 Call out from Salesforce
    3. 7.2 Call into Salesforce
    4. 7.3 Parse responses
  9. Lesson 8: Understanding Test Coverage
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 8.1 Get familiar with test coverage
    3. 8.2 Write test coverage
    4. 8.3 Explore advanced test coverage
  10. Lesson 9: Getting Started with Lightning Components
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 9.1 Get familiar with Lightning Components
    3. 9.2 Build a standalone Expense Tracking Lightning app
  11. Summary
    1. Salesforce for Developers: Summary

Product information

  • Title: Salesforce for Developers
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: January 2016
  • Publisher(s): Pearson
  • ISBN: 0134393899