Difference Between a Lead and Opportunity in Salesforce

What’s the difference between a Lead and Opportunity?

A lead is basically a person that has contact information that you should be able to sell to, they have been created because they have contacted you in someway with some sort of need whether this be that they filled out a contact form on your website or they exchanged business cards with somebody at a tradeshow. …

Salesforce: Enforcing Security in Apex

Salesforce allows data access to be specified at the object level, field level, and finally record level. To get listed on the AppExchange an application has to go through a really extensive security review process. As part of the review process Salesforce confirms that security permissions are being adhered to. Unfortunately, apex doesn’t automatically follow the rules. …

How to Use Salesforce Custom Settings

How to Use Salesforce Custom Settings

When developing on Salesforce’s force.com platform it’s essential to avoid hardcoding application settings because a deployment will be required every time something needs to be changed. Application Settings could be anything really, but often it’s things like an email address, ip address, or even a passkey. For those not already aware, a Salesforce deployment can take hours to finally happen which may cause significant downtime in some businesses. …

Apex: Converting Lists to Sets, and Sets To Lists

As many Salesforce Apex programmers know, in Salesforce it’s pretty much an unchallenged best practice that all code should be able to handle bulk inserts, updates, etc. When adhering to this best practice, it’s really common to use sets, or lists as parameters in functions. Sometimes, there’s a need to convert between lists, or sets, or maybe even maps. …

5 Incredible Resources for Learning to Program Salesforce

5 Incredible Resources For Learning to Program Salesforce

Salesforce is an incredibly large and customizable platform with hundreds of different features. Learning to use Salesforce can be difficult, but learning to program and manage Salesforce is even more daunting. Below I’ve provided you with the best resources I could find on programming Salesforce.  Before jumping into learning to program apex, I recommend you…

Mastering Application Development with Force.com

Book Review: Mastering Application Development with Force.com

A few weeks ago, I saw a post on Twitter about Kevin Poorman releasing a new book about programming in Salesforce Apex and really mastering the development environment. Kevin Poorman’s “Mastering Application Development with Force.com” covers a lot of different parts of Salesforce’s Force.com platform that aren’t well covered elsewhere.

Book Review: Practical Salesforce.com Development Without Code

Practical Salesforce.com Development Without Code written by Phil Weinmeister has been recently released. I think the book really targets those new to the Salesforce platform and does a wonderful job of providing examples and providing a reference that will be useful in the future. Phil Weinmeister has done a phenomenal job putting together some different…