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Mastering Application Development with Force.com

By : Kevin J. Poorman
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Mastering Application Development with Force.com

By: Kevin J. Poorman

Overview of this book

Force.com is an extremely powerful, scalable, and secure cloud platform, delivering a complete technology stack, ranging from databases and security to workflow and the user interface. With salesforce.com's Force.com cloud platform, you can build any business application and run it on your servers. The book will help you enhance your skillset and develop complex applications using Force.com. It gets you started with a quick refresher of Force.com's development tools and methodologies, and moves to an in-depth discussion of triggers, bulkification, DML order of operations, and trigger frameworks. Next, you will learn to use batchable and schedulable interfaces to process massive amounts of information asynchronously. You will also be introduced to Salesforce Lightning and cover components—including backend (apex) controllers, frontend (JavaScript) controllers, events, and attributes—in detail. Moving on, the book will focus on testing various apex components: what to test, when to write the tests, and—most importantly—how to test. Next, you will develop a changeset and use it to migrate your code from one org to another, and learn what other tools are out there for deploying metadata. You will also use command-line tools to authenticate and access the Force.com Rest sObject API and the Bulk sObject API; additionally, you will write a custom Rest endpoint, and learn how to structure a project so that multiple developers can work independently of each other without causing metadata conflicts. Finally, you will take an in-depth look at the overarching best practices for architecture (structure) and engineering (code) applications on the Force.com platform.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Mastering Application Development with Force.com
Credits
About the Author
About the Reviewers
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Index

The Lightning Process Builder


Workflow rules and actions are the bread and butter of Salesforce1 platform developers. When developing applications, declarative tools such as workflow rules allow fairly complex logic to be executed without writing code. There are, however, a number of limitations with workflow rules. The most frustrating limitation is that you cannot see an entire process of workflow rules on a single screen. Process Builder is easily the most powerful upgrade of the platform technology since s-controls were deprecated. While it's easy to consider Process Builder as a replacement for workflow rules (and it may get there), right now it can replace some but not all of your workflow rules. Process Builder encourages you to consider the entire process your data works through. Process Builder uses a UI that shows a series of criteria diamonds and action squares. A simple process might look something like this:

As you can imagine, diagrams for more complex processes can be daunting...