October 2007 - Issue 19  

Jumpstart Your Force.com Development
With Visualforce now available to all ADN members as a Developer Preview, it's time to start building on-demand apps that utilize the complete Force.com "platform as a service" stack. Write your own logic in Apex, build your user interface in Visualforce, and leverage the standard objects, security model, and database. The possibilities are endless, and the things we're seeing our community build so far are amazing us!

It's easy to get started. Just enable your Developer Edition account with the Visualforce Developer Preview, then log in and get going. You'll find tons of guidance on the ADN site for getting started, including more than 25 session videos from Dreamforce '07, a recorded presentation of the "Introducing Visualforce" webinar, and the popular Force.com Cookbook, which is full of delicious sample code and tasty real-world examples.

Coming November 14: "Become an App Builder" Live Webinar
Want to build powerful applications without programming, to support any process or department in your company? Then join us for a live webinar on how to use Force.com Builder to create custom apps that take advantage of the platform's latest features, including workflow, rollup summary fields, and formulas. Everyone who attends the webinar will receive access to exclusive tools and resources, including the newest edition of our popular e-book Creating On-Demand Applications Using Force.com. Sign up now!

New ADN Resources
  :: Dreamforce '07 Online Sessions Are Ready for You
Did you miss Dreamforce '07? Here's your chance to catch up on more than 25 Developers@Dreamforce sessions, spanning four informative content tracks. Take this opportunity to learn Force.com fundamentals, see demonstrations of the latest technologies, and learn leading-edge development best practices. You can watch online or download the sessions to your iPhone or MP3 player.

:: Don't Miss the Platform State of the Union Session
Watch the annual Platform State of the Union session, delivered at Dreamforce '07 by salesforce.com VP of Developer Marketing Adam Gross, who discussed the vision and future direction of the Force.com platform in depth. This exciting session was packed with developers enjoying technical demos and special guest presentations, as well as a detailed overview of Force.com business and technical opportunities.
  :: Winter '08 Developer Preview Program is Here!
Be sure to check out the new Winter '08 Preview for Developers. Get the scoop on what's new and what's hot in the Winter '08 release, and be one of the first to get your hands on essential development technologies that you'll find only in the Winter '08 Preview.

:: Developers Enjoy Success with Visualforce
Blogging App with Visualforce
Check out this short sample code, which walks you through the creation of a simple Force.com blogging application. You'll find several exciting Visualforce features, including a rich text widget from Yahoo, "on load" events in the page, a custom controller, and "on click" and "action complete" handlers.

BlackBerry App with Visualforce
Elaine Greco, an ADN member and Dreamforce '07 attendee, wasted no time getting started with the Visualforce Developer Preview. Learn the tips and tricks she discovered while visiting the Developer Lounge and using Visualforce to build a custom user experience for her BlackBerry 8800.

Employee App with Visualforce
Thanks to Visualforce, there was no heavy lifting inside the browser for Jason Ouellette from Appirio, who built a demonstration Employee App on the Force.com platform. The application contains complex s-controls, including an SPA with 7,000 lines of JavaScript.
  :: Find the Latest Force.com Documentation
Good news! We've compiled a list of all Force.com developer docs in one convenient spot on the ADN site. Bookmark this page to keep the latest Force.com documentation at your fingertips.
  :: Updated Force.com Toolkit for Eclipse Now Available
Do you use Eclipse? If so, ADN just released an important update to the Force.com Toolkit for Eclipse that you don't want to miss. If not, now is a great time to learn why the toolkit is so effective for editing Apex code and s-controls, as well as for publishing finished Apex code to other Salesforce instances. Get detailed instructions on downloading and using the toolkit.


From the Boards  
   ::  General Development
    Arasu learns how to use NOT and LIKE together in a SOQL statement. What's not to like about that?
  :: Apex Code Development
    Soma gets the lowdown on exposing Apex functions as web services.
  :: Visualforce Development
    Ron Hess helps jhart understand how Apex methods are used inside controllers.
  :: Java Development
    VN gets some help in making batch API calls.
  :: .NET Development
    ColoradoMike gets some tips on how to improve .NET performance.
ADN App of the Month: Apttus Contract Manager
Apttus has an amazing Appy award-winner on its handsóContract Manager. This solution makes it easy to manage the entire contract creation process, including the request, initiation, authoring, negotiation, finalization and post-activated contract management phases. Built as a 100% native application, it uses many of the declarative features of Force.com platform, including custom objects, s-controls, and an innovative client plug-in to manage locally-edited contracts. Not only did Contract Manager receive the "Best Native App" award at Dreamforce '07, it is also used by thousands of subscribers around the world. Congratulations Apttus!

Calendar of Events

Application Laboratory
:: Atlanta, GA
Oct. 29 - Nov. 2
:: San Mateo, CA
November 5 - 9
:: Edison, NJ
November 12 - 16

Training: Extending Applications Using S-Controls
:: San Mateo, CA
November 20

News Highlights

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Salesforce gets visual

Adobe Developer Connection
Building a standalone Adobe AIR application on salesforce.com with Flex 3

Salesforce.com Debuts Force.com Dev Platform in Winter '08

Salesforce.com Gives ISVs Branding Options


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