Development with the Force.com Platform: Building Business Applications in the Cloud (Developer's Library) Paperback – 6 Oct 2009
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From the Back Cover
Foreword by Craig Weissman, CTO, Salesforce.com
Build Cloud-Based Enterprise Applications Fast–and Drive More Value at Lower Cost!
Using the Force.com platform, enterprise developers can build and deploy powerful applications far more rapidly than traditional J2EE, Microsoft .NET, or LAMP technology stacks permit. With a free subscription to the Force.com platform, developers can build apps that solve virtually any enterprise challenge with remarkable value, scalability, and reliability.
This is the first book that brings together all the practical, technical guidance you need to make the most of Force.com in your own custom enterprise applications. Leading Force.com developer Jason Ouellette helps you identify suitable uses for Force.com and provides all the insights and sample code needed to rapidly prototype, deploy, and integrate with production-quality Force.com applications.
Ouellette provides realistic code examples at every step, emphasizing maintainability, flexibility, and
interoperability throughout. Writing for developers, architects, and analysts, he shows how to
• Create custom enterprise apps on Force.com in days or weeks, not months or years
• Leverage Force.com’s extensive capabilities for storing, managing, and securing data
• Quickly create sophisticated business logic with the Apex programming language
• Use Visualforce to construct custom user interfaces
• Establish automated or semiautomated workflows
• Integrate Force.com-based data and processes with other applications, inside and outside the platform
• Display reports as state-of-the-art dashboards
• Integrate Force.com applications with existing Single Sign-On systems
This book’s extensive sample code may be downloaded from Force.com AppExchange at http://sites.force.com/appexchange/listingDetail?listingId=a0N30000001SS3rEAG
About the Author
Jason Ouellette has been working with Force.com since 2004. He developed three of the ten most popular applications on AppExchange, the official Force.com application marketplace, including the #1 most installed application, Appirio Calendar Sync for Salesforce and Google Apps. He is Chief Architect for Appirio, a leading Force.com Independent Software Vendor and Salesforce Consulting partner. He has been inventing cutting-edge enterprise software for more than 13 years. Prior to joining Appirio, he served as a director of R&D for application products at Composite Software, where he led development of data services for Siebel, SAP, and salesforce.com. At webMethods, he helped architect the industry’s first XML-based B2B server.
He lives with his wife and two geriatric cats in San Francisco, California.
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I purchased Jason's book via Kindle so I could read it quickly. I went through the entire book during flights from New Orleans to Dreamforce and back. Some of the material was stuff I already knew and understood, but much of the material opened new ideas and methodologies for me. Even as an experienced force.com coder, I had several "a-ha's" in the course of the reading the book.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone developing in, or planning to develop in, salesforce.com. In both cases, reading all the way through the book will save you hours of frustration. If you just want to pick and choose your topics, the book is well organized, and it has a detailed index.
As an aside, the code samples are a bit hard to read on my Kindle (Are you listening Amazon ?). While you can adjust the displayed text size, the code examples are more like figures, and they do not adjust. Also, the light font is difficult to read. The images are actually better in the new Kindle for PC viewer. And Jason has thoughtfully provided all the code samples on a web site.
One final note, if you think you need this book, buy it immediately, read it quickly, and start coding very soon. The force.com platform is constantly improving and expanding. Often, things you cannot do today - and the book contains a lot of very useful "can't do that" warnings - you will be able to do tomorrow. Everything you learn today will be useful tomorrow, and your coding will only get better.
This book goes a long way toward fixing that problem. It's the first clear, complete, and trustworthy description I've seen of the Force platform. The writer does a first-rate job of explaining the technology, showing its strengths and (sometimes) weaknesses. Anybody who's interested in Force or cloud platforms in general should buy this book. It's the best technical book I've read in some time.