- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing (January 26, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849683484
- ISBN-13: 978-1849683487
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,216,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Siddhesh Kabe has been working on Force.com projects since 2008. He is working as a developer, analyst and consultant for many custom applications built on Force.com and has also trained end-users and developers. Apart from that Siddhesh is an active member of the force.com community and owns an active blog on it (http://force.siddheshkabe.co.in). He is also the leader of Force.com Pune Users Group. Based in Pune (India), he has completed his Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Pune University with specialization in Computer Science. He is addicted to coffee and in his spare time writes humorous articles and draws cartoons for his online blog and magazines. Siddhesh can be reached via twitter (@_siddhesh) or his site http://siddheshkabe.co.in
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I'm sure the author knows his stuff, after all, I'm assuming he had his certification at the time of writing the material, but they really should have got someone else to review it, I am surprised that PACKIT (publisher) let this material go as is. Unfortunately I bought the Kindle edition, so I can not return it, if I could, this would be one of the few books I have EVER returned to Amazon since they first started in business - it's that bad.
By the way, I did get my certification, not by using this book though - I used StudyBlue, online free video training by Salesforce, online help documentation, etc. It is not an easy test and this book did not help clarify the requirements, editing is so bad it actually created confusion.
As has already been mentioned, the editing is terrible. Misplaced punctuation, missing letters in words, and inconsistent image sizes make this a difficult read at best. I can only hope the print version did the material more justice than the Kindle version. It all comes to a climax of the answer key for the practice exam being wrong; question 46 has two answers, not one as listed in the key, which gets the matching number of 66 questions/answers (the key has 67 answers).
At some point in the book's evolution, there was the idea of taking the reader on a tour of the product. That's all well and fine if your revisions take this into account, but it didn't happen here. The introduction of new features covered in an "also, while you're on this screen" fashion leave a jarring, disjointed experience that doesn't do the reader any favors. Adding to the issues, the examples pick up with steps that have obviously been skipped, forcing the reader to make a best guess at how some screenshots were achieved.
In short, this is neither reference material or training documentation. Furthermore, with the release of the Winter '13 version of SalesForce, this work has already become partially obsolete, and there are glaring holes in the features covered.
Why so many exam prep questions on the topic of encrypted fields? My actual exam had none!
The book does not always seem to be updated towards the latest Salesforce version (currently Summer '15).
There is one chapter that is solely targeted toward exam prep. However the multiple choice questions in this chapter are mostly copies of the questions in the previous chapters.
Did this book help me passing the exam? Strangely it did. Why? Salesforce itself provides an enormous amount of documentation, making it very difficult to pinpoint the exact stuff that you need to master for the DEV401 exam. There is genuine risk that you study way too many topics. This book matches exactly the exam topics, therefore it puts focus on your study effort.
I had been a Salesforce administrator for 2+ years and working on custom development, including writing Apex triggers and classes in tandem with Visualforce pages, for over a year when I decided to take the test. Needless to say, I was a bit cocky believing that I could pass the test based on my self-taught experience alone. While taking the test, there were questions on content that were almost foreign to me, and it was abundantly clear that I did not possess the necessary knowledge to pass. After having not passed, I purchased the kindle edition of this book. While the book does have some glaring typos and misspellings, and sometimes hard to understand sentences, it did provide the necessary information to fill in the gaps where my knowledge was lacking and help me pass on my second attempt. I have read that in other reviews that the end of chapter questions were often inconsistent with the sample exam question set at the end of the book, but I actually did find them somewhat useful. Many of the end-of-chapter questions are structured very similarly to actual exam questions. I do feel this book helped pushed me over the hump in order to pass the exam.
In summary, I would recommend this book to anyone has had basic Salesforce administrator or developer experience looking to obtain the Certified Developer certification.