November 2007 - Issue 20  
 
   


What Are You Building on Force.com?
We want to know! Since we announced force.com, the world's first platform as a service, we've seen a tremendous surge in developer activity, as thousands of new developers joined our community, and thousands of current members started developing with the Visualforce Developer Preview.

Many of you have told us about the fun you're having working with Visualforce, Apex Code, and other force.com technologies, and you've shown off some amazing new apps. But we're eager to see more, so if you're doing something interesting with Visualforce and force.com, let us know! We're seeking the best development stories to help inspire our entire community, and we'll send one of our cool new force.com t-shirts to anyone who submits a qualified story. So show us your stuff!

If you haven't checked out Visualforce and all of the other new force.com technologies, now is the perfect time to get started. Try our most popular resource—it's called "An Introduction to Visualforce" and it includes video how-tos and step-by-step instructions. Or, if you're ready to dive deep, there are the two force.com books, Creating On-Demand Applications with Force.com and the Force.com Cookbook to take you to the next level.

   
 
Calling All Developers: Help Shape the Future of Force.com
We're excited to introduce Force.com Ideas, a powerful new feature for the force.com community. Use it to suggest new product ideas, preview new features, and promote your favorite enhancements. It's also a great way to connect with fellow community members, and tell the ADN team and salesforce.com product managers what you think. With Force.com Ideas, we're driving a more open, dynamic, and continuous dialogue with our developers and customers about the future of force.com. Check it out today!

New ADN Resources
  :: Did You Miss the "Become an App Builder" Webinar? Watch the Replay!
Here's another chance to learn how to build powerful business apps to support any process or department, without writing a single line of code! Watch this replay and discover how force.com can make your life easier and your apps more compelling.

:: From Admin to App Builder: Force.com Enables Motorola Admin to Expand Job Role
Force.com has made Michael Farrington a force to be reckoned with. Read how Farrington, who began his career as a Salesforce systems administrator, applied programming skills he acquired in college to the force.com platform, resulting in an expanded role on the Sales Technology Team at Motorola's Enterprise Mobility business. His first application is an innovative user management utility called Draggin' Role, which is available for free on the AppExchange.
   
  :: Force.com Chalk Talk: Harness the Power of Salesforce, Adobe and StakeWare
Watch Adam Gross, Vice President of force.com Platform Marketing, as he kicks off an interactive technical discussion about SaaS, platform application development technologies, and salesforce.com's partnerships with Adobe and StakeWare.

:: Winter '08 is Available Now! Have You Checked Out the Latest Features?
The Winter '08 release delivers a lot of new features and technologies for developers. You'll find new Apex language types, new Apex verbs, HTTP callouts, the Metadata API Developer Preview, SOSL enhancements, personal tagging, rollup summary fields, workflow debugging, and much more. And don't forget the big Kahuna—the Visualforce Developer Preview—which provides unlimited flexibility for user interface design. Start exploring Winter '08 today!

:: Using Browser Technologies in Visualforce: A Four-Part Series
Do you have questions about how various browser technologies fit into the Visualforce framework? Get the answers in this four-part series. You'll learn how Visualforce, Flex and Ajax work together on the force.com platform—and how to use them to deliver world-class, on-demand applications.
   
  :: Catch Up with the Best of Dreamforce '07
Discover amazing new platform as a service technologies by watching the Dreamforce '07 "Getting Started" sessions. These in-depth technical presentations are an excellent way to learn force.com fundamentals and see the latest on-demand development tools in action. Watch online or download sessions to your iPhone or MP3 player to watch while you're on the go:

- Force.com Application Framework Overview
- Getting Started with Visualforce
- Getting Started with Apex Code
   
 
 

 

 
From the Boards  
 
 
   ::  General Development
    Simon clarifies what's counted as an API Call.
  :: Apex Code Development
    steve buikhuize gets help configuring the Eclipse plug-in for an org with a namespace to edit Apex classes.
  :: Visualforce Development
    dchasman and coling discuss ways to access a Visualforce page from outside the app.
  :: Java Development
    VN and the developer community explore options for doing bulk create.
  :: .NET Development
    Siddharth helps salesforce_inte to properly format a datetime in C#.
 
 
Force.com App of the Month: Fairsail  
 
 
Looking for a human resources management application for performance management, talent management, and personal development? The Fairsail development team combined their deep understanding of the needs of HR professionals with powerful force.com technologies—such as Apex Code and Workflow—to build a truly innovative app. Fairsail automates HR processes that, for most companies, exist only in text documents, spreadsheets, and email. Check it out on the AppExchange today and see for yourself why Fairsail was an Appy Award nominee for Best Force.com Native App at Dreamforce '07.
     
 








Calendar of Events

Training: Application Laboratory
:: Chicago, IL
December 3 - 7
:: San Mateo, CA
December 10 - 14
:: Edison, NJ
December 10 - 14

Training: Extending Applications Using S-Controls
:: New York, NY
December 4
:: Dallas, TX
December 7

Success On-Demand
World Tour in India
:: Mumbai, India
December 11
:: Delhi, India
December 13


News Highlights

PODTech
Force.com Chalk Talk: Salesforce.com, Adobe and StakeWare

Information Week Covers the AppExchange
Vertical Response
Right 90
Ribbit
Dreamfactory
Stakeware

ZDNet
Phishing-based breach of salesforce.com customer data is more evidence of industry's need to act on spam. Now.

Reviewcast: Saleforce.com's Visualforce is like an on-demand version of FoxPro (but better)

Yahoo
Salesforce Winter '08 Now Live - Delivering New Force.com Platform as a Service and Visualforce to Create and Deploy any Application On Demand

 

 
 
 
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