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Development with the Force.com Platform: Building Business Applications in the Cloud (2nd Edition) (Developer's Library) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0321767357
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Jason Ouellette led the development of popular AppExchange applications such as Appirio Cloud Sync, CloudWorks, and Professional Services Enterprise. He is an independent technology consultant with deep experience in cloud and enterprise integration. He has been inventing cutting-edge enterprise software for more than 15 years at Appirio, Composite Software, and webMethods. He was recognized by Salesforce as a Force.com MVP in 2011 and Force.com Developer Hero in 2009.

 

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

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Product Details

  • Series: Developer's Library
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 2 edition (July 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321767357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321767356
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the title, you'd think this book was a developer's handbook for the Force.com platform. But the subject is much too broad, and this book doesn't go anywhere deep enough to satisfy the curiosity of this developer.

In fact, most of the book isn't about classical development at all: it's really a guide to how to *think about* applications in the context of Salesforce.com, how to configure the system, and how to understand its object model. All good things, but when it comes to coding it felt like there was maybe 40 pages -- 10% of the book.

The important things you will understand when you read the book carefully:
* The object model
* Their MVC model
* The model for API and web services calls
* When to use which language (VisualForce, APEX, etc.)
* What tools are available for developers and administrators
* SFDC's jargon
* SFDC's commercial ecosystem

The important things you won't get from this book:
* Significant code samples
* An understanding of important tricks (such as remoting, encapsulation,
cross-language references, etc.)
* Coding patterns or common use cases

Unfortunately, I don't believe these topics are available in any book. If they were, I'd buy it immediately.

But this one just left me hungry for more.
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This is a great introduction to salesforce.com development for somebody with a coding background. What separates this book from the online tutorials and documentation that salesforce.com makes freely available is that the author assumes that you're (at least a somewhat) experienced developer. You'll get the most out of this book if the concepts of database design and object-oriented development are not new to you; the author does a good job of translating terminology that will be familiar to an experienced developer into force.com nomenclature. I do wish he had gone deeper into SOQL, Apex, and especially visual force, though - his treatment of the topics was much better for my purposes than the online documentation, but he still stuck with a fairly high-level overview of all three. The later sections on integration were very well done, but I would have gladly sacrificed those in return for a more thorough description of how Visual Force pages are rendered or what controllers can and can't do.
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Worth the purchase price for the information given. I did not give it 5 start because I would hope the author adds more details and examples beyond the ones given. All of the information in this book is valuable to beginner and intermediate Salesforce developers. I especially favor the chapter on Formulas - most helpful to me.
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This Salesforce book introduces some advanced concepts that aren't covered in depth in their documentation. There are lots of code examples and although it doesn't dive too deep into any one subject, it is a great intro to them. I would consider this a good segue starting to learn the concepts involved in developing on the Salesforce platform.
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I bought this book because I've always found that tutorial-based examples are much easier for me to grasp than theory-based instruction. And note that I've only read the first three chapters of this book, so this is somewhat preliminary and don't make your decision based on just this one review. I'm writing this now because I want to remark on a key issues that it appears several others have run across. I'm finding the examples in the book are inconsistent, occasionally incorrect and difficult to follow.

The book is written as a tutorial with examples to follow and implement.

The first, somewhat minor, issue I have is that the book goes into a lot of detail before going through the example. I find this kind of annoying because a feature is being discussed that hasn't really been introduced. (It feels a little like Ira Glass on this American life. Let's give you a lot of detail, but not the reason why someone ended up this way ;) )

Second, I found some of the detail difficult to follow because it was presented in sentences, rather than a more simple form, like a chart. So for example, it has a section on building tables and describes in text how to build the table e.g. "Billable hours is a Number with a length of 7 and 0 decimal places. Currency fields (Budget, Expense Budget) have a length of 16, with 2 decimal places." The book is supposedly for developers. Put this detail in a chart, e.g. "Field Name, Data Type, Validation" it will be much easier to follow.

This brings me to the third and perhaps most significant issue. There are charts earlier in the chapter that seem to show the table layout, so I figured, I'll just follow those, right?
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I am at the end of the 3rd chapter. I have encountered quite a few errors. For example, the data types of fields listed in tables doesn't match the detailed steps given for creating the tables. Figure 3-12 is a Time Card object security settings but the title below it and the text referencing the figure say Project object. Also, when we look closely at this figure, we see a currency field. There is no mention of this field in Chapter-2 where this object is created. Steps provided for setting up security for objects no longer match the current options provided by the platform. The site/link provided for the online version and code for the book does not work either. I am learning with this book but it has been a struggle.
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