Book Image Enterprise Architecture

By : Andrew Fawcett
Book Image Enterprise Architecture

By: Andrew Fawcett

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (20 chapters) Enterprise Architecture
About the Author
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Enterprise organizations have complex processes and integration requirements that typically span multiple locations around the world. They seek out the best in class applications that support their needs today and in the future. The ability to adapt an application to their practices, terminology, and integrations with other existing applications or processes is key to them. They invest as much in your application as they do in you as the vendor capable of delivering an application strategy that will grow with them.

Throughout this book, you will be shown how to architect and support enduring applications for enterprise clients with Salesforce by exploring how to identify architecture needs and design solutions based on industry-standard patterns. Large-scale applications require careful coding practices to keep the code base scalable. You'll learn advanced coding patterns based on industry-standard enterprise patterns and reconceive them for, allowing you to get the most out of the platform and build in best practices from the start of your project.

As your development team grows, managing the development cycle with more robust application life cycle tools and using approaches such as Continuous Integration become increasingly important. There are many ways to build solutions on; this book cuts a logical path through the steps and considerations for building packaged solutions from start to finish, covering all aspects from engineering to getting it into the hands of your customers and beyond, ensuring they get the best value possible from your application.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Building, Publishing, and Supporting Your Application, gets your application out to your prospects and customers using packages, AppExchange, and subscriber support.

Chapter 2, Leveraging Platform Features, ensures that your application is aligned with the platform features and uses them whenever possible, which is great for productivity when building your application, but perhaps more importantly, it ensures whether your customers are also able to extend and integrate with your application further.

Chapter 3, Application Storage, teaches you how to model your application's data to make effective use of storage space, which can make a big difference to your customer's ongoing costs and initial decision-making when choosing your application.

Chapter 4, Apex Execution and Separation of Concerns, explains how the platform handles requests and at what point Apex code is invoked. This is important to understand how to design your code for maximum reuse and durability.

Chapter 5, Application Service Layer, focuses on understanding the real heart of your application: how to design it, make it durable, and future proofing around a rapidly evolving platform using Martin Fowler's Service pattern as a template.

Chapter 6, Application Domain Layer, aligns Apex code typically locked away in Apex Triggers into classes more aligned with the functional purpose and behavior of your objects, using object-orientated programming (OOP) to increase reuse and streamline code and leveraging Martin Fowler's Domain pattern as a template.

Chapter 7, Application Selector Layer, leverages SOQL to make the most out of the query engine, which can make queries complex. Using Martin Fowler's Mapping pattern as a template, this chapter illustrates a means to encapsulate queries, making them more accessible and reusable, and their results more predictable and robust across your code base.

Chapter 8, User Interface, covers the concerns of an enterprise application user interface with respect to translation, localization, and customization, as well as the pros and cons of the various UI options available in the platform.

Chapter 9, Providing Integration and Extensibility, explains that enterprise-scale applications require you to carefully consider integration with existing applications and business needs while looking into the future, by designing the application with extensibility in mind.

Chapter 10, Asynchronous Processing and Big Data Volumes, shows that designing an application that processes massive volumes of data either interactively or asynchronously requires consideration in understanding your customer's volume requirements and leveraging the latest platform tools and features, such as understanding the query optimizer and when to create indexes.

Chapter 11, Source Control and Continuous Integration, shows that maintaining a consistent code base across applications of scale requires careful consideration of Source Control and a planned approach to integration as the application is developed and implemented.

What you need for this book

In order to follow the practical examples in this book, you will need to install the Salesforce IDE, Apache Ant v1.6 or later, Java v1.6 or later, and the Salesforce Developer Edition Orgs.

The following is the list:

  • Salesforce Developer Edition Orgs

  • Java v1.6 (or later)

  • Apache Ant v1.6 (or later)

  • GitHub Client (optional for chapters 1 - 10)

  • Salesforce IDE (optional)

  • MavensMate (optional for chapters 1 - 10)

  • Salesforce Developer Console (optional)

Who this book is for

This book is aimed at developers who are looking to push past basics, and learn how to truly discover its potential. You will be looking to expand your knowledge of developing packaged ISV software and complex, scalable applications for use in enterprise businesses with the Salesforce platform. You will know your way around's non programmatic functionality as well as Apex, and are looking to learn how to architect powerful solutions for enterprise-scale demands. If you have a background in developing inside other enterprise software ecosystems you will find this book an invaluable resource for adopting


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