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New Delhi Salesforce News and Updates: Week #43

Level Up Your Developer Skills with the Modern App Development Video Series

Modern apps require embracing a combination of low-code and pro-code. Salesforce developers have the challenging task of delivering scalable solutions faster than ever, as organizations look to speed up their digital transformation.

In December 2020, we published a blog post that explains various patterns combining low-code and pro-code. These patterns show that by combining Heroku’s elastic runtime and Salesforce core’s multi-tenant architecture, one can deliver solutions that can not only scale, but are flexible and require less time to build and deploy.

We looked into the skills required by developers to implement the patterns highlighted in that December blog post, and we concluded that Salesforce Developers would enjoy learning more about the Heroku platform. With Heroku, Salesforce developers can offload complex operations and take advantage of open-source libraries. Similarly, Heroku developers can benefit from learning about the low-code capabilities of the Salesforce Platform. Combining the power of low-code and Heroku allows apps to be deliveredfaster .

The “Modern App Development on Salesforce” video series is a set of thirteen videos on the Salesforce Developers YouTube channel. These videos teach you how to design, build, test and deploy apps using Salesforce and Heroku.


Learn MOAR with Spring ‘21: OpenAPI 3.0 Spec for REST API

Salesforce offers hundreds of well-documented REST and SOAP APIs that can help with all your integration needs. While the documentation and the Postman API collection help you explore these APIs, they must be documented in a system-understandable format for external systems to quickly consume them. In this blog post, we’ll talk about a new feature that’ll allow you to quickly integrate Salesforce into an external system.


Calling Flow From CDC Events

When a user presses save in the user interface, a lot happens in Salesforce – validation rules kick in, triggers are executed, flows are run, assignment rules are executed, and much more. This can all add up to a lot of logic being executed while that user is waiting for the application to respond again. Typically, not all of that logic needs to be ran immediately and can be processed at a later time, increasing the performance of the transaction.

In this blog post, we’ll look at a way to offload some of that logic from the save event with a combination of clicks and code. This way, you’ll have the benefit of being able to build your processes quickly using Flow and your users will have more responsive interactions with Salesforce.


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New Delhi Salesforce News and Updates: Week #42

What’s New in Mobile SDK 9.0?

I’m so excited to announce that the new version of the Salesforce Mobile SDK is now available. Mobile SDK 9.0 is focused on developer and end-user productivity. Regardless of whether you’re building iOS apps, Android apps, or cross-platform apps, you and your end-users will love the enhancements in this release.

Your multitasking end-users will jump for joy with our support for multiple windows for iPadOS. Manage different accounts, records, and use cases side-by-side.

You spoke, we listened. Based on developer feedback, we have added an external ID to eliminate duplication of records after a sync restart for parent/child info. No need to code this yourself, we’ve done it for you.

And… we highlight the power of open source. We’ve incorporated TypeScript for React Native with the help of a community contribution! Now, React Native developers can leverage the debugging and error detection features of TypeScript early and often during mobile app development.

If this is your first introduction to the Salesforce Mobile SDK, head straight to Trailhead and check out the Develop with Mobile SDK trail to get started today.


Take the New Salesforce Developer Survey Today!

At Salesforce Developer Relations, our primary goal is to inspire Salesforce developers and help you be more successful. To achieve our goal, we need to know what excites you and the type of help you want, need, and deserve from us.

This is why we run a few global surveys every year – by getting your input, we can identify trends in the developer community. Please click here to take the survey now!


What Is Node.js and Why Does It Matter as a Salesforce Developer?

JavaScript is the language of the web. That is reality; every major browser supports JavaScript as its main language for developing client-side web applications.

Even if you’re using a different language like TypeScript, in the end, it will be transpiled/compiled to JavaScript to be able to run in the browser.

As a Salesforce Developer, you might already be using JavaScript to create your applications: Lightning Web Components (and Aura Components) are powered by JavaScript.

JavaScript isn’t only for the browser, you can also use it to build server-side applications like web APIs, microservices, and CLI applications (like the Salesforce CLI and Heroku CLI). This is thanks to Node.js.

In addition, JavaScript remains the number one language in GitHub and is the most popular language according to the latest StackOverflow 2020 developer surveySlashData, in their State of the Developer Nation 19th edition report, shows that the JavaScript community has around 12.4M developers, making it the largest Open Source developer community.


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New Delhi Salesforce News and Updates: Week #41

Announcing the Tableau Community Hub

The Community Hub is a space dedicated to elevating the people and programs of the community. It is one, centralized location where you can discover all community programs, making it easier for newcomers and community veterans alike to figure out how they want to engage. The Community Hub also showcases powerful content, projects, and visualizations from the community. You all have so much to share, and the Hub will be a great platform for your stories, expertise, and insights to reach more people. 

The Community Hub will include:

  • A new Community Blog dedicated to highlighting content, projects, and stories from all over the world. This is an easy way for you to stay up to date on everything going on in the #DataFam. The blog will also feature a weekly community round-up that consolidates what’s trending in the community in one post. 
  • Community Profiles helping you learn more about each other and your journeys. 
  • Program updates so you know what’s happening with all of the community programs. From the latest user group in your area or industry, to new Public Featured Authors, or upcoming DataDev Hackathons, you’ll always be in the know. 
  • New to the Tableau Community? Check out the Welcome page to discover useful resources and ways to participate in the community, including tips directly from current community members!

The Community Hub is there to make it easier for everyone to engage, get inspired, and move forward in their data journey with the help of the powerful Tableau Community!


Salesforce Announces Vaccine Cloud to Accelerate Global Vaccine Management

Vaccine Cloud helps public health authorities, healthcare providers, and nonprofits quickly scale vaccine operations, from recipient registration and scheduling to inventory management and public health outreach

Now that safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are available, every country, state and city is rapidly establishing vaccination programs to get shots in the arms of billions of people. However, many government agencies and healthcare organizations don’t have the technology infrastructure in place to handle the complexity, speed and scale necessary for vaccine administration, such as inventory and logistics management, getting people registered and scheduled for their vaccines, and recipient outreach and vaccine outcome monitoring. Governments are also partnering with private sector companies to help manage this mass vaccination effort, and these businesses need the same technology infrastructure to help deliver safe, efficient and effective vaccine administrations and programs.


Introducing Salesforce World Tour 2021: A New Live Original Series

Salesforce World Tour ‘21 debuts on February 9 with a live show hosted by our Chair and CEO Marc Benioff and special guests in our first surprise location. Attendees and viewers worldwide will be in awe of the impact of the Salesforce Customer 360 platform — empowering employees, governments, and businesses of all sizes to drive change during times of uncertainty. Tune in to experience the magic and learn about the latest Customer 360 innovations to help everyone achieve better business outcomes.


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New Delhi Salesforce News and Updates: Week #40

LEARN MOAR

Pick Your Trailmix (Or Do Both)

Follow the Admin or Developer Release trailmix (or both) to watch and read about the Spring ’21 Release. Complete a Learn MOAR Spring ’21 for Admins or Developers trailmix to earn a community badge and a chance to win 1 of 5 Trailhead Certification vouchers (up to $200USD value) by March 31, 2021 Restrictions Apply. See Official Rules below


Learn MOAR with Spring ‘21: OpenAPI 3.0 Spec for REST API

Salesforce offers hundreds of well-documented REST and SOAP APIs that can help with all your integration needs. While the documentation and the Postman API collection help you explore these APIs, they must be documented in a system-understandable format for external systems to quickly consume them. In this blog post, we’ll talk about a new feature that’ll allow you to quickly integrate Salesforce into an external system.


Learn MOAR with Spring ’21: New SOQL FIELDS() Function is GA

For many of us, SQL semantics and data exploration go hand-in-hand. Whether you possess a background in working directly with databases or have developed expertise using SOQL, Salesforce’s own query language, the ability to write a query and get data from it is immensely valuable. That’s why we’re so happy to introduce a new, simple way to explore the data in your Salesforce Objects: the SOQL FIELDS() Function!

The FIELDS() Function enables authors of SOQL statements to designate a predefined grouping of columns that will be automatically returned in the result set of records. FIELDS() provides a way to leverage existing platform constructs that decouples data management from business logic in integrations and helps reduce the effort involved to administer an org’s object model.


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New Delhi Salesforce News and Updates: Week #39

Salesforce Release Readiness

Maximize your Salesforce ROI with all the latest features!

Our Spring ’21 release is almost here and we want to make sure you have all the information you need to make the most of all the new features. We may not be in the studio this time, but we still have our product managers coming to you live. They’ll guide you through what’s new and give you a sneak peek into their roadmap for the rest of 2021.


Explore the Salesforce APIs with the Upgraded Postman Collection

In case you missed the original announcement, the Salesforce API collection is a Postman resource that wraps together 200+ request templates for tens of Salesforce APIs (REST, bulk, tooling, metadata…). This open source collection comes with a configurable environment and variables that let you easily authenticate and try the requests on multiple Salesforce orgs with a declarative interface. You can even run it from your browser if you don’t want to install the Postman desktop app. Think of it as a clone of Workbench’s legacy REST explorer with more features.


What Is Node.js and Why Does It Matter as a Salesforce Developer?

JavaScript is the language of the web. That is reality; every major browser supports JavaScript as its main language for developing client-side web applications.

Even if you’re using a different language like TypeScript, in the end, it will be transpiled/compiled to JavaScript to be able to run in the browser.

As a Salesforce Developer, you might already be using JavaScript to create your applications: Lightning Web Components (and Aura Components) are powered by JavaScript.

JavaScript isn’t only for the browser, you can also use it to build server-side applications like web APIs, microservices, and CLI applications (like the Salesforce CLI and Heroku CLI). This is thanks to Node.js.


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New Delhi Salesforce News and Updates: Week #38

Optimizing Unpackaged Deployments Using a Delta Generation Tool

In the age of DevOps, we see a major trend towards Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD). More and more teams adopt development workflows based on git as their version control system and single source of truth. This move has also never been easier since the introduction of the Salesforce DX toolset.

Salesforce DX also introduced new solutions to move to modular development and a package-based approach, thanks to second-generation packaging and the new org-dependent unlocked packages (Beta).

Unlocked packages are a great way to organize your code and teams when working on custom apps, but they’re not necessarily the best fit for every project.

It’s not always easy to untangle the org and break it down into smaller packages when the initial implementations of Sales or Service Cloud used the production org, or a single metadata folder as the single source of truth (sometimes known as the “Happy Soup” approach, as opposed to the Package Development approach).

When used in combination with source control, the unpackaged development model usually implies that all sources lie in the same git repository. This approach is convenient in terms of dependency management: no need to manage dependencies since everything is in one place.


Explore the Salesforce APIs with the Upgraded Postman Collection

In case you missed the original announcement, the Salesforce API collection is a Postman resource that wraps together 200+ request templates for tens of Salesforce APIs (REST, bulk, tooling, metadata…). This open source collection comes with a configurable environment and variables that let you easily authenticate and try the requests on multiple Salesforce orgs with a declarative interface. You can even run it from your browser if you don’t want to install the Postman desktop app. Think of it as a clone of Workbench’s legacy REST explorer with more features.


Calling Flow From CDC Events

When a user presses save in the user interface, a lot happens in Salesforce – validation rules kick in, triggers are executed, flows are run, assignment rules are executed, and much more. This can all add up to a lot of logic being executed while that user is waiting for the application to respond again. Typically, not all of that logic needs to be ran immediately and can be processed at a later time, increasing the performance of the transaction.

In this blog post, we’ll look at a way to offload some of that logic from the save event with a combination of clicks and code. This way, you’ll have the benefit of being able to build your processes quickly using Flow and your users will have more responsive interactions with Salesforce.


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New Delhi Salesforce News and Updates: Week #37

New Salesforce Business Analyst Role Tag and Trailhead Content Empowers Anyone to Skill Up for the Future

Demand is not going away anytime soon. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, business analyst roles are expected to grow 14% from 2018–2028.

Business analysts can be found at the center of a cross-functional team, helping a company in multiple ways. In our new work-from-anywhere world, business analysts are key in helping companies go digital fast. In fact, 77% of professionals are involved in digital initiatives.

So thank you. It was the feedback from all of you in the Trailblazer Community that inspired us to create and deliver this new Salesforce Business Analyst learning path. We are always listening to what you want to see next. And we built this content based on the expertise of our Trailblazers and Salesforce MVPs.


Trailhead. Learn in-demand skills that lead to top jobs

Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Salesforce — game-changing technology and the #1 customer relationship management (CRM) platform. And Trailhead is no exception.

Trailhead is a gamified learning platform that anyone can use to build their skills. Sign up with Google, LinkedIn, or an email account. Or, if you’re a Salesforce customer, you can log in with your credentials.

And Trailhead makes learning all about YOU. You choose the time, place, and topic. Trailhead provides an interactive model that makes you want to learn.


Empowering Anyone to Learn Marketable Skills with Trailhead

Over the last few months, we’ve all been challenged. Life as we know it transformed overnight. Businesses were forced to move to remote workspaces or close their doors, employees shifted to virtual offices or lost their jobs, and communities around the world sheltered-in-place.

Throughout it all, the resilience and innovation of the Trailblazer Community have inspired me. One shared thread that continues to unite our community is a passion for learning with Trailhead. Undoubtedly, empowering anyone to reskill has never been more important.


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New Delhi Salesforce News and Updates: Week #36

Getting Started with a Customer Data Platform (CDP)

We live in an era where the customer is in control. Amazon can predict what products we will buy next, Netflix recommends the shows we like with great accuracy, and Uber lets us customize trips right down to the type of vehicle we want to travel in. Customers expect companies to have an intimate understanding of their preferences, want personalized experiences, and demand fast service. It’s no longer a marketing advantage to deliver on this — it’s table stakes.

When it comes to marketing, customers expect the interactions they have on a company’s website to translate to their mobile app experiences and even in-store visits. The problem is that, for most companies, those environments operate off different datasets — even though the customer is the same. Customers also expect their experiences to be consistent, and “in the moment” as they move from channel to channel. Most customer journeys involve over three different channels (for example, e-mail, web, and mobile app), and customers tend to move seamlessly and quickly between these channels. Most companies, however, don’t have these data environments connected in real-time.


Moving from Scrappy to Scale: Digital Transformation Amidst Retail’s New Normal

In an incredible response to the health crisis, most retailers condensed their roadmap for digital transformation from years to weeks, uniting around the customer. They were scrappy — making quick decisions to provide the products and services customers needed — from supplying PPE to curbside pickup. As our industry continues this massive acceleration, retailers must [re]think the necessary path from scrappy to scale. Given that digital transformation is led by humans and not machines, Salesforce surveyed 500 executives globally and interviewed dozens more for a candid look inside their minds. This session will provide insights into how leaders responded and what the future of the industry looks like in the New Normal.


Join the Learning Adventure

Trailhead, the free online learning platform from Salesforce, is a fun way to learn in-demand skills. While learning is its own reward, there’s always room for a little extra motivation. Trailhead Quests combine the challenge of learning new skills with the chance of winning sweet prizes


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New Delhi Salesforce News and Updates: Week #35

3 High-Impact Ways Technology Can Help Combat Homelessness

When basics like shelter and food are uncertain, as is the case for the more than 500,000 Americans experiencing homelessness on any given night, technology is often an afterthought. While experts agree that more affordable housing and policy change are the most critical solutions to the homelessness crisis, technology advancements can support those goals by equipping governments and service providers in the sector with the right tools and data to help them serve their constituents.

In a research report released today, the Salesforce.org Impact Labs cohort, in collaboration with case managers, service providers, people who’ve experienced homelessness, and industry experts, identified three high-impact areas where technology can play an integral role in addressing this pervasive issue.


How Salesforce Is Continuing To Deliver A World-Class Employee Experience

Salesforce was just named one of the World’s Best Workplaces for the fourth year in a row. It’s an honor to have received this award over the years, and in 2020 it means more than ever before.

The last eight months have presented us with challenges we never thought we’d have to face. The global pandemic and its effects have dramatically changed everyday life and the way we work. Lucky for us about 20% of our employees were already working from home when the pandemic hit, so we had some of the infrastructure and best practices in place. But, when we all went remote, we knew we had to step up our game to ensure our employees remained productive, happy, and well. Here are a few ways we’ve supported our employees to help them thrive during this unprecedented time.


Salesforce Essentials + Shopify Integrations

In a matter of minutes and without a single line of code, Zapier allows you to automatically send info between Salesforce Essentials and Shopify.


Get started with workflows like Add contacts in Salesforce Essentials when new customers are created in Shopify. Or check out the rest of our guided workflows.


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New Delhi Salesforce News and Updates: Week #34

A Recap of 20 Free Apps in 20 Minutes.

Bringing the Dreamforce experience to you with DreamTX was a blast: 4 days of learning, with some special guests and lots of trailblazer fun. Were you able to catch our debut “Wheel of AppExchange” game? This APP-tastic episode included some of our favorite AppExchange experts talking about 20 free apps that are available on AppExchange!

No worries if you missed the episode, you can learn all about them below and go directly to each listing to learn more and instantly install each solution into your Salesforce org.


Salesforce Spring ‘21 Release Date + Preview Information

The Release Date for Spring ’21 will depend on your instance of Salesforce, but the main dates are on Jan 16th, Feb 6th, 12th & 13th. If you already know the instance your production Org is located on, you can head over to Salesforce Trust and click on your instance name and hit “Maintenances”, this will show you the date of the Salesforce Spring ’21 release hitting your Org.


Driving Customer and Partner Success with the New Salesforce B2C Solution Architect Certification.

Now more than ever, companies around the world are challenged to innovate quickly, all while providing seamless experiences for customers. At Dreamforce 2019, the chatter from our customers and partners about the need for skilled Salesforce Architects blazed to the forefront. Architects are critical to the success of digital transformation projects, with a unique skill set to tackle the most complex challenges and produce the best solutions. 

To help architects build multi-cloud expertise and supercharge ecosystem capabilities, we created the Solution Architect Program—made for architects, by architects— delivering a brand new Salesforce Solution Architect career path and curricula in Partner Learning Camp and on Trailhead. Today, we’re excited to expand the architect community with our newest architect certification: B2C Solution Architect.