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Development with the Force.com Platform: Building Business Applications in the Cloud Paperback – October 16, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0321647733 ISBN-10: 0321647734 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (October 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321647734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321647733
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jason Ouellette has been working with Force.com since 2004. He developed three of the ten most popular applications on AppExchange, the official Force.com application marketplace, including the #1 most installed application, Appirio Calendar Sync for Salesforce and Google Apps. He is Chief Architect for Appirio, a leading Force.com Independent Software Vendor and Salesforce Consulting partner. He has been inventing cutting-edge enterprise software for more than 13 years. Prior to joining Appirio, he served as a director of R&D for application products at Composite Software, where he led development of data services for Siebel, SAP, and salesforce.com. At webMethods, he helped architect the industry’s first XML-based B2B server.

 

He lives with his wife and two geriatric cats in San Francisco, California.

 

Customer Reviews

In both cases, reading all the way through the book will save you hours of frustration.
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The book covers a surprisingly large number of topics in under 400 pages and is a great reference for both Salesforce.com administrators and developers.
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This is an Excellent book for any programmers both beginner or familiar with other programming languages that wish to get into Salesforce programming.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By John Rotenstein on January 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is remarkable for three reasons.

The first reason is that this book exists at all. If you search Amazon, you'll see that there are hardly any books about Salesforce technology. If you then search for Force.com, you'll find only this book. This is because, traditionally, Salesforce and Force.com information has all been available electronically, often coming out faster than a book could be published. This is marvelous for access to information, but has a serious downside in that Developers need to look in many different places to find information about developing a Force.com solution. So, this book is beneficial in that a notably large amount of information is available in one place, and that it is available in a comforting paper-based format.

The second reason is that this book specifically focuses on Force.com, which is a relatively new development platform. The book makes no attempt to explain the traditional CRM side of the Salesforce platform; it jumps straight into Force.com, which is the custom development side of the Salesforce offering.

The third remarkable fact is that this book is written by a truly knowledgeable person on the subject. Jason Oullette is Chief Architect at Appirio, arguably the leading organisation specialising in Salesforce and Force.com technology. Jason has been personally involved in some of the biggest and most publicised rollouts of Force.com solutions. For example, he created the solution that Appirio demonstrated during the Dreamforce 2009 conference keynote presentation.

The book itself contains the complete array of technology involved in creating a Force.com solution: user interface, coding, workflow, database, integration and development tools. Each includes a sample solution for the topic discussed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 23, 2009
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I have been working as a salesforce.com developer since 2004, before there were things like Apex and VisualForce. I recently had one my clients, Vetrazzo, featured during part of Marc Benioff's keynote at Dreamforce 2009. The Vetrazzo customization is approximately 30,000 lines of Apex code, triggers, VisualForce pages, etc. I just wish that Jason's book had existed 18 months ago when I started my project.

I purchased Jason's book via Kindle so I could read it quickly. I went through the entire book during flights from New Orleans to Dreamforce and back. Some of the material was stuff I already knew and understood, but much of the material opened new ideas and methodologies for me. Even as an experienced force.com coder, I had several "a-ha's" in the course of the reading the book.

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone developing in, or planning to develop in, salesforce.com. In both cases, reading all the way through the book will save you hours of frustration. If you just want to pick and choose your topics, the book is well organized, and it has a detailed index.

As an aside, the code samples are a bit hard to read on my Kindle (Are you listening Amazon ?). While you can adjust the displayed text size, the code examples are more like figures, and they do not adjust. Also, the light font is difficult to read. The images are actually better in the new Kindle for PC viewer. And Jason has thoughtfully provided all the code samples on a web site.

One final note, if you think you need this book, buy it immediately, read it quickly, and start coding very soon. The force.com platform is constantly improving and expanding. Often, things you cannot do today - and the book contains a lot of very useful "can't do that" warnings - you will be able to do tomorrow. Everything you learn today will be useful tomorrow, and your coding will only get better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve on September 8, 2010
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Before reading this book I was having a hard time understanding how to develop integrations with other databases and systems. This book not only goes through the standard custom object and field creations seen in other force.com book, it goes in depth into Apex coding, Visualforce page development, Integration setups and how to setup the Eclipse/Force.com environment successfully. Jason does an excellent job by going past the administration side of salesforce.com and places a strong focus on the complexities that force.com developers face. Salesforce.com developers have to understand three different sections: the salesforce User Interface, Apex (JAVA and SOQL) development and Visualforce pages. This book outlines all three topics. It is a must buy for any force.com developer or administrator who wants to make the jump to the force.com environment. A+
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 3, 2009
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The book covers a surprisingly large number of topics in under 400 pages and is a great reference for both Salesforce.com administrators and developers. You won't find any secret features or undocumented functionality in this book. What you will find is business, functional and technical information packaged in a coherent and logical fashion. The book starts out with the basics and gradually dives deeper and deeper into advanced topics with detailed code. Alot of detailed code. If you look through the code carefully you'll find a number of neat tricks and tips that I haven't seen elsewhere.

If you are like me, when you are looking for a technical resource to help you make money, you don't want pages and pages of someone spouting theory and documentation. You want a book written by someone down in the trenches that has lived the topic and can reveal some hidden gems. If this is the case then this is the book for you. Jason architected Appirio's PS Enterprise product which is reported to have 30,000-40,000 lines of Apex code. I've seen the source code and it's tight. This guy really knows what he's taking about when it comes to the Force.com platform.

Some of my favorite parts of the book include:

Chapter #3 is a detailed look at security on the Force.com platform. Jason combines database, profile, field-level and record-level security into a cool little chapter that really outlines how different parts of the security framework fit together.

Chapter #5 is, in my opinion, the heart of the book as he outlines the business logic encapsulated in the framework. Not only do you look at the basics of Apex and database integration, be he also takes a dive into some neat concepts of object-oriented Apex.
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