February 2008 - Issue 23  
Be a Part of the Tour de Force Experience: Atlanta, New York, Boston, and Chicago
The Tour de Force global roadshow rolls on to four new cities in April!  Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and Boston are the next stops on our global tour, and registration is now open (free). Whether you're a developer, IT pro, business analyst, or entrepreneur, this is the ideal opportunity to experience Force.com live and in person, and understand what it can do for you. Each of these free, full-day events brings the community together with our top Force.com experts and features tutorials, deep technical sessions, hands-on labs, and demos. Bring your ideas and your toughest Force.com questions, and learn how you can create powerful, real-world solutions quickly with platform as a service.

Join the more than one thousand people who have already experienced Tour de Force in San Francisco, and went home inspired, educated, and equipped to build on-demand apps. Reserve your free spot today!

:: April 8 in Atlanta, GA
:: April 10 in Chicago, IL
:: April 16 in New York, NY
:: April 22 in Boston, MA
If You Can Imagine It, You Can Create It with Apex Code
Now available in the Enterprise Edition (EE), find out what Apex code can do to transform your Salesforce CRM or custom apps at this upcoming live webinar. You'll hear F5 Networks describe how they used Apex code to build a custom product configuration engine that doubled user adoption. And you'll learn about some of the most popular CRM use cases for Apex code, including de-duplication on any record, automatic data updates, using triggers, and overriding Salesforce buttons. But that's not all—attend on March 6 starting at 10:00am PST and you'll automatically be entered to win a free iPhone. Reserve your spot now!

Take Force.com Training, get a FREE iPod Nano*!
Whether you're responsible for integration, custom functionality, or building custom Apps, Application Laboratory is the fastest way to get started developing on the force.com platform. The course focuses on realistic business scenarios and guides students through building out a full-featured, sophisticated Force.com application from start to finish. Contact an Education Services expert, then attend a class before May 31 and you'll receive a FREE iPod Nano*, exclusively for developer.force.com members! Space is limited so register today.

New Force.com Resources
  :: Force.com Million Dollar Challenge: Calling all SaaS Entrepreneurs!
Are you seeking venture capital to fund your SaaS company? Build the next killer SaaS company on the Force.com platform and compete for a $1M+ investment award from Emergence Capital Partners—and office space in the Salesforce.com Incubator! Pre-register now to be notified as soon as the competition begins! Official entries for the Force.com Million Dollar Challenge will be accepted beginning in March 2008. The winner will be announced at Dreamforce 2008!

:: Announcing the Latest Version of the PHP Toolkit
Looking for an easy way to make Web service API method calls? The new version of the PHP Toolkit has been completely updated to support the latest APIs, including the new metadata API. Other features include support for Send Email, LoginScopeHeader, Proxy Connection, and the ability to make calls with SOAP headers at the connection level rather than the method level. Download it now.
  :: Code Samples: Force.com Email Services

  :: Creating New Tasks as a Response to Incoming Email
This sample code shows how to create new tasks for a contact record by matching the sender's address from an incoming email.
  :: Processing Unsubscribe Requests from Incoming Email
You can use Force.com Email Services to manage to process unsubscribe requests from the email recipients. Find out how with this sample code.
  :: Breakthrough Technology for Runaway Success
Learn more about the customers and partners who have developed wildly successful applications on Force.com, the world's first platform as a service. Discover how they did it—and find out how YOU can be the next success story. Check out these partners that are finding fast, cost-effective success building their latest business apps on the Force.com platform.

  :: Apttus: Force.com Platform Offer Path to Profit in Ten Months
:: Blue Wolf: Key Integration Partner Supports Force.com Vision
:: Appirio: Force.com and Visualforce Transforms the Enterprise
  :: Career Opportunities with the World's First Platform as a Service
For unequivocal proof of the amazing growth of salesforce.com and the Force.com ecosystem of customers, ISVs, and consultants, look at the number of jobs available for qualified developers, admins, and others. Traffic to the Force.com Jobs Board is at an all-time high and rising, and people with solid Force.com technical skills are very much in demand. And here at the mothership, we're looking for top-notch technical talent to add to the Force.com team. If you're passionate about platform as a service, check out the Force.com opportunities and help us shape the future of technology and The Business Web™


From the Boards  
   ::  General Development
    mscotton provides some key tips for the new vlookup functionality.
  :: Apex Development
    Anand Singh and sduda help Vineeta with calling Apex code from an s-control.
  :: Visualforce Development
    jwetzler provides guidance on how to style a Visualforce page without the salesforce.com look-and-feel.
  :: Java Development
    fortress gets a bunch of help with doing a triggering a workflow through the api.
  :: .NET Development
    TimB posts a valuable example on how to iterate over a sub-query as a QueryResult object using the Partner WSDL.
  :: Perl, PHP, Python & Ruby Development
    jeremyt gets help from Tran Man in using the Emailheader with PHP.
Force.com App of the Month: Dolby Cinema Management  
At the Tour de Force kickoff on January 17, Dolby and salesforce.com partner Appirio demonstrated a proof-of-concept Force.com application that helps Dolby manage their cinema technology licensing business for movie theaters (see the replay). By leveraging Force.com technologies like Visualforce, Apex, and the power of development as a service, it took Appirio less than a week to design, develop, create and test the app!

Calendar of Events

Tour de Force Events
:: Atlanta, GA
April 8
:: Chicago, IL
April 10
:: New York, NY
April 16
:: Boston, MA
April 22

Training: Extending Applications Using
:: Atlanta, GA
March 7

Training: Application Laboratory
:: Atlanta, GA
March 10 - 14
:: New York, NY
March 31 - April 4

Training: Developing
Apex Code
:: New York, NY
March 21

News Highlights

Cover Story: Platform in the Clouds

Redmond Developer
On-Demand Pioneer - Salesforce.com's Steve Fisher talks about development beyond CRM

Appirio CIO Blog
CIO's Guide to On-Demand

intelligent enterprise
Force.com Advances Development On-Demand


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*While supplies last. Salesforce.com reserves the right to substitute for an item of comparable value. You must pay for and attend the Application Laboratory class by May 31 to receive your iPod Nano.