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May312011

Salesforce Newbie?

As robust as Salesforce.com has become with so many offerings from Salesforce itself as well as Force.com Labs, they seem to always remember to return to the basics on a fairly regular basis to greet those who are new to the product and all it has to offer.  I recently came across a post on the Force.com blog that does just that. Welcomes the newcomers with a good broad stroke of what some dev skills put to use on the Force.com platform can accomplish.  Here’s a glimpse of the info and there’s a link below if you want to read the entire post.

First step: An introduction to the technical library and the workbook which is packed with quick lessons that give a worthy overview of what the platform has to offer and how to get going with your ideas. Check out Force.com Labs where you will find more than 250 apps and most likely one that will provide a good starting point for your own app.

Second step: You can now take a closer look at open source projects surrounding the Force.com  environment. You will find a complete list on Code Share, or the post highlights a few specific examples that you will find helpful.  The post covers common pain points that you may be asked to address at your company.  First example is an app for tracking projects in Salesforce and there is a link to the source code of Milestones PM. The next example is a solution for mapping contacts, leads, and accounts.  The app, Find Nearby,  does this and you can look at the source code on GitHub.  The third example in the post is Lead Scoring, an app that helps manage scoring algorithms in a user friendly way. Force.com Labs makes the source code available on GitHub which is really helpful.  AND, the author guides you to a  post that will familiarize you with GitHub if needed.

The Force.com community welcomes you and extends a friendly handshake and recommendation to visit the developer boards to post questions. You might also want to follow @ForceDotComLabs on Twitter to stay up on the latest! If this overview is helpful and you would like to know more, read the entire post with all of its helpful links here.

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