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About the Author
Keir Bowden is a 25-year veteran of the IT industry from the United Kingdom. After spending the early part of his career in the Defense industry, he moved into investment-banking systems, implementing systems for Banque Nationale de Paris, CitiGroup, and Deutsche Bank. In the late 1990s, Keir moved into Internet technologies, leading the development of the order management and payment handling systems of one of the first European Internet shopping sites.
Keir started working with Force.com in late 2008 and has been recognized by Salesforce as a Force.com MVP for contribution and leadership in the community. In 2011, he became one of the selected few people worldwide to earn all Salesforce.com certifications, and now serves as a judge on the EMEA Technical Architect Certification Review Boards. Keir is also a prominent blogger on Apex and Visualforce solutions, and regular speaker at events such as Dreamforce and Cloudstock.
Keir is a Chief Technical Officer of BrightGen, a Salesforce.com Platinum Cloud Alliance Partner in the United Kingdom, where he is responsible for current and future technical strategy.
Keir worked as the technical reviewer for Salesforce CRM Admin Cookbook by Packt Publishing before accepting the challenge of authoring his first book.
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The sample code that was provided was easy to download and well organized. It was also formatted properly so that you could cut and paste it straight into your development org. Very little sample code is included in the actual book, which I think helps to ensure that the book stays up to date. As long as the publisher and author continue to update the sample code with each new Salesforce release, the code should stay viable as the platform inevitably changes.
A beginner developer will be a little overwhelmed by the amount of information to take in but given the dedication and resolve to work through each of the sections the end result will be a great understanding of how to make Salesforce.com do the things you want it to do simply.
Very good book to have as a reference and idea generation on how to manage your application.
The sample code that was provided was easy to download and well organized.
This isn't a criticism by any means; it's a cookbook, after all, and it performs this rôle very well. I'm still discovering its charms, dipping in and trying some ideas when I find something intriguing, and as such it's proving a lot of fun to read. My one criticism (there has to be one, right?) is that the code downloads could benefit from more comments to explain to the inexperienced reader why and/or how certain things are being done. For someone just learning Apex and VisualForce, some of the techniques in use can be a little opaque.
I'm looking forward to pulling some of these stunts for real!
On the whole, it's well worth a look.