General, Videos

The Future of Salesforce Lightning

So Monday night was a big night! We had none other than Mike Rosenbaum (@mike945778) who is in charge of the Salesforce platform including Sales, Service and Lightning. We asked him a load of questions that the community had come up with and here are some of his answers. I’ll be putting the full video up shortly:

  • Performance; We had a lot of questions around Lightning performance, Mike said that for the forthcoming release all Lightning developers at Salesforce have been working on performance and you will see big improvements!
  • Components Roadmap; Mike has committed to releasing the component roadmap so developers are not developing components that Salesforce is as well! (makes sense!)
  • Next release feature (Safe Harbor): Declarative component visibility; I’ve been waiting for this! and Mike announced it’s coming out in the next release! This puts page layouts in the dark! Think of being able to declaratively change which components appear on the layout based on the data on the record you are viewing! This is one of my “Lightning Game changer” features that I spoke about at the Sydney user group.
  • New Report builder; The next release will see a new Lightning Report Builder! which is much much better and more usable. But also with a focus on general users being able to create reports rather than being siloed in a particular team etc.
  • More Wizards / Setup Flows; At the moment there are around 20 of these wizards but Mike is expecting there to be a load more to make it easier to setup things like single sign on, cloud console etc
  • Classic is not going way; There is no secret date when the classic UI is going to be switched off. Although he did say that he maybe switching it on for all Salesforce employees in their own Salesforce org 🙂

Mike would love your feedback! Just tweet him at @mike945778 (he even said why his twitter has the crazy number)

https://twitter.com/Salesforce_Tom/status/848952112574758912

 

It was Salesforce Developer evangelist John Stevenson’s birthday as well but he didn’t say a word until the very end of the evening!! Now that’s dedication to the job.

Lightning Experience: Ask the guy in charge!

Join us for a special bonus April meetup, where we will be joined by Mike Rosenbaum, Salesforce’s Executive Vice President of CRM Applications.

Mike is the EVP owning all teams responsible for Lightning Experience – a huge topic of interest in the Salesforce world – so we wanted to give you the opportunity to put your LEX questions forward for Mike to tackle.

As well as RSVPing to the event here on Meetup, please also visit https://radnip.typeform.com/to/gaFvVd and tell us everything you want to ask about LEX. In the interests of sourcing the best questions to get the most insight from Mike, your submission will be anonymous – so don’t be shy!

 

General

S-Controls are coming back to Salesforce!

Salesforce has announced that S-Controls are coming back to Salesforce classic. For those who don’t know what S-Controls are, they were the technology before VisualForce and allowed you to create webpages and use the Salesforce JavaScript APIs to communicate with Salesforce (hence the S in S-Controls). Around 10 years ago Salesforce stopped Salesforce customers from creating new S-Controls as VisualForce had replaced the need for S-Controls, but I still find S-Controls in customers orgs. You can still edit and make changes too… well that was until this announcement!

Why are Salesforce re-enabling S-Controls?

It’s all due to Lighting! Lightning is a JavaScript framework and by bringing back S-Controls, Salesforce will allow developers to develop JavaScript based Lightning apps directly in Salesforce classic without the need of VisualForce. S-Controls are much lighter than VisualForce so you can illuminate the need for an Apex controller or even VisualForce markup! It also means new developers coming to the platform with a client who is still using the Classic UI can skip learning VisualForce/Apex and jump straight into the JavaScript world that is Lightning & S-Controls.

New ‘Add Lightning Component’ Button

New ‘Add Lightning Component’ Button

So Salesforce as expanded the S-Control functionality to allow you to easily add Lightning Components into your S-Control using the ‘Add Lightning Component’ Button (see pic).

Adoption, Adoption, Adoption

I think also another reason for re-enabling S-Controls is to allow developers & businesses a softer introduction into Lightning components & development. Lightning components/apps can be created directly in the Classic UI using S-Controls or just using regular old JavaScript. It also means that those orgs still using S-Controls can refactor the controls into Lightning components/apps more quickly without the need for VisualForce.

Click here for some AWESOME examples!!

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Yes, well I couldn’t resist! 🙂 S-Controls have been consigned to history and now with Lightning replacing VisualForce there is NO CHANCE S-Controls will see the light of day again.

So in conclusion, I think it makes a lot of sense it. Let’s make S-Controls great again! 😉

Administration, Apex, Development, Events, Videos

Grab some popcorn, London’s Calling 2017 videos are now LIVE!

I’m totally overjoyed to announce that we’ve uploaded the majority of the sessions for London’s Calling 2017, the largest Salesforce Community event in Europe. I can now watch all those sessions I missed :), like what was Todd wearing and why? a question I’ve been itching to find out 🙂 and Belinda Parmar OBE’s keynote on Empathy totally worth a second watch!

There are four playlists on the LC YouTube Channel:

We increased the quality of the videos this year and they look really great, there are a couple of videos still yet to be processed but the majority are now up. If you do have any questions please let me know! I know what I’m doing this weekend 🙂 … where’s the popcorn!

 

Dreamforce
  • My Dreamforce 2015 Sessions; Salesforce Data Quality & IoT
  • My Dreamforce 2015 Sessions; Salesforce Data Quality & IoT
  • My Dreamforce 2015 Sessions; Salesforce Data Quality & IoT

My Dreamforce 2015 Sessions; Salesforce Data Quality & IoT

Well that came around quick! Seems like only yesterday I was flying the flag of Great Britain outside the Moscone Centre last year. So what am I doing this year? Well taking it a little easier than last year and doing two sessions; an admin session & developer session. Hope to see you there!! Give me a shout if you’re coming.

Create Lightning with Lightning & IoT

Extra session added due to popular demand! Salesforce has a a huge number of people signing up Thanks everyone!!! So they have added a repeat of my session on Friday at 10:45am!

Description: With Salesforce Lightning Components and Process Builder, it’s now even easier to have physical devices react to events happening within the Salesforce Platform. Join us to learn how to use Lighting Components, basic Apex, Process Builder, push topics, and a simple node.js application to talk to devices to publicly reward success or warn of impending doom within your office.
Date: Tuesday 12th 2015 – 12:45pm to 1.15pm
Location: Moscone West, Inspiration Theater
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OR:

Date: Friday 15th 2015 – 10:45am to 11:15am
Location: Moscone West, Mobile Theater
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Admin Tips, Tricks & Strategies for Data Quality

Date: Thursday 17th 2015 – 12:00 to 12:20
Location: Moscone West, Admin Theatre Zone
Description: Arm yourself with both a strategy & Salesforce Platform tips and tricks to show to your organization the importance of avoiding bad data quality. Learn Platform features and handy tricks that will equip your org to enforce data quality. This presentation provides data quality strategy as well as implementation guidelines.
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