December 2007 - Issue 21  
 
   


Be There for the Global Kickoff of Tour de Force
Kick off your New Year with Tour de Force San Francisco, the premiere launch event for our global Force.com event series. Register now for free and join us on January 17 for a one-day event packed with announcements, special guests, cool Force.com giveaways, and tons of deep, technical content. Just think of it as Woodstock for Force.com developers!

In the Force.com Immersion Lab, scores of Force.com engineers, product managers, and other technical staff will be ready to give you demos and advice. We're also rolling out something new: App Improv, where a team of top evangelists chooses an idea suggested by the audience and then proceeds to build that app—on stage, in real time, and with audience participation. Come see it live, and be ready to throw your app idea into the ring.

If you've ever attended one of our technical events—such as Apex Day, Salesforce Developer Conference, or Developers@Dreamforce '07—you understand the kind of energy, inspiration, and education we have in store for you. At Tour de Force San Francisco we'll be kicking it up to the next level, so register today!

   
 
Spread the Word about Force.com
We've added two two recently published white papers to our growing Force.com library. These white papers provide an excellent overview of both the Force.com platform and our new Visualforce user interface-as-service technology. Even better, they're freely available now for you to pass on to your friends and colleagues. Download them today!

New Force.com Resources
  :: Tutorial: Force.com for ASP.NET Developers
End data silos! And join the growing number of companies that integrate their Salesforce data into existing IT systems. This tutorial provides a dive deep into using the Force.com Web Services API to access Salesforce data, either from within a Visualforce page or from a Microsoft ASP.NET Web form. The tutorial takes you through the process of creating custom logic and demonstrates how to call that logic from within a Force.com application—or from a custom application hosted on a client server outside of Salesforce.

:: CODA Builds "2go" Version of Financial Management Software
For nearly three decades, CODA has built its reputation for creating successful financial accounting software. Now, with a new product called CODA 2go, the company has leveraged the Force.com platform to create an on-demand version of its application suite. Coda estimates they've saved nearly two years of development time by using Force.com, when compared to building the application from scratch. CODA 2go, which debuts with sales invoicing and accounts receivables functionality, will be shown at salesforce.com's Dreamforce Europe onference in May 2008. CODA, you go!
   
  :: Sample Code: Apex Email Services
The Apex Email Services preview, which is now available in your Developer Edition account, will be generally available for the Spring '08 release. With these services, you can help your company to automate business processes and activate them by email. For example, you can create Apex code that processes inbound email messages to create or update records, mark tasks as completed, and much more. Check out this sample code to learn how to create email addresses that can process Apex code.

   
 
 

 

 
From the Boards  
 
 
   ::  General Development
    Henrique learns how to use and place s-controls from Ron Hess.
  :: Apex Code Development
    kpit posts a code snippet showing how to make the LeadConvert API call in Apex.
  :: Visualforce Development
    CJagannath gets help from dchasman on how to open a new browser window from a Visualforce link.
  :: Java Development
    Rick.Banister, shieco, and DevAngel discuss why and how to keep a session alive.
  :: .NET Development
    Del now understands the Email to Case limit.
 
 
Force.com App of the Month: Emissions Manager  
 
 
Force.com goes green! StakeWare—a sustainability software company that helps businesses integrate environmental, social and governance issues—has delivered a new application prototype to enable companies to monitor their greenhouse gas emissions. Since joining the AppExchange Incubator program in 2007, StakeWare has ported more than two years worth of J2EE code over to the Force.com platform. Stay tuned as StakeWare plans to release its full suite of sustainability applications, built 100 percent natively on Force.com, in the coming year.
     
 








Calendar of Events

Tour de Force San Francisco
:: San Francisco, CA
January 17

Training: Application Laboratory
:: New York, NY
January 14 - 18
:: San Mateo, CA
February 11 - 15
:: New York, NY
February 18 - 22

Extending Applications Using S-Controls Training
:: Atlanta, GA
January 11
:: San Mateo, CA
January 15
:: New York, NY
February 15


News Highlights

Builder.au
Force.com: A first step into a larger world
Apex Code: Developing natively in the cloud

Google Code
REST for the Traveling Salesman: Using Google Data on Salesforce.com

Bruce Elgort Blog
Two books given to all new Salesforce.com developers

PCMAG.COM
Salesforce.com Unlimited Edition

 

 
 
 
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