April 2008 - Issue 25    

Join us in London: Get Informed and Inspired about Force.com
The Tour de Force team is stopping in on the first-ever Dreamforce Europe event in May and we're looking forward to meeting the European Force.com community! This conference is a unique opportunity to get full and deep access to all the technologies, tools, and techniques you need to take complete advantage of the Force.com platform. We've got sneak peeks at upcoming technologies and hands-on labs as well as networking opportunities galore. Get ready for technical demos and hands-on tutorials in the DevZone, practical answers and guidance from our top developers, and expert-led technical sessions, including:
:: Apex, Visualforce, and Beyond: A glimpse into the future of Force.com
:: Development as a Service: Get ready to develop on demand with cloud computing
:: Hands-On: Visualforce: Any user interface, any application, any device
:: Enterprise Integration: Integrate the Force.com platform with your architecture
:: Apex Code: Power up your apps with Apex code
:: Visualforce - User Interface as a Service: What user experience will you build?
  Visit the DevZone, where you'll find:  
:: Hands-on Training: Learn how to build an application on the Force.com platform in fewer than 30 minutes, with guidance and advice from the pros.
:: The Force.com Immersion Lab: Explore the latest platform technologies, on your own or with the help of one of our technical experts.
:: Dev Meetup Space: Make yourself comfortable on our couches and seating to catch up and take part in community networking activities.
:: Nintendo Wii Game Tournament: Relax and have some fun in the Nintendo Wii tournament. Who knows, you might just make some new friends while showcasing your talents.

Join us at this year's Dreamforce Europe!

Tour de Force Storms Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, and Boston
The first leg of Tour de Force took us to the East Coast and Midwest, where almost 2,000 developers, entrepreneurs, and technologists came out to get a full-day introduction to the latest Force.com technologies and techniques. They watched our top executives and special guests deliver the keynote, learned new concepts in the technical sessions, and got the chance to put it all together in the DevZone by working through sample apps with help from our technical evangelists and engineers. Check out the Force.com blog posts by the team, join the Tour de Force Facebook group, and be sure to check out the photos on the official TdF Flickr stream. And, if you were one of the lucky ones who attended, share your photos by giving them the "tdf08" tag. The first leg is just the beginning; stay tuned for the next set of events coming to a city near you. Watch for the upcoming city schedule and get the latest details at the Tour de Force global events site.

New Force.com Resources
:: Developing with Force.com and Google
With the announcement of salesforce.com and Google joining forces, you can get started building powerful Force.com apps that integrate innovative Google technologies. Check out the Google Resource Center on developer.force.com
:: Announcing the Force.com IDE Spring '08 Patch Release
Based on your feedback, we made enhancements and bug fixes and are pleased to announce the release of the 152.1 patch release. This release includes new features and bug fixes in the general, Apex code, customer case, and performance areas. For more information, see the release notes. To upgrade an existing Force.com IDE installation, go to "Updating the Force.com IDE to the latest version" on developer.force.com.
:: Download the App & Open Source Code: The Workbench Application
The Workbench is a Web-based application that gives on-demand access to useful tools to manage Salesforce organizations, such as inserting, upserting, updating, exporting, deleting, undeleting, and purging data as well as describing any object. The Workbench is built on PHP and connects to the Force.com API using SOAP-based Web services. Download the Web app, along with as the source code, as it is made available to the Force.com developer community.
Sample Code
:: S-Controls and AJAX: Showing a Pull-Down List of Related Contacts
This S-control is an example of how to use AJAX and JavaScript to add functionality to a standard page. The S-control adds a "Related Contacts" pull-down list to the Contacts page, showing other contacts with the same email domain (e.g., @company.com). This feature is useful when you want to find related contacts that might not be attached to the same account. This sample code demonstrates how to supplement a normal page with additional information while maintaining a familiar user interface.
Customers & Partners Share their Secrets to Becoming Force.com Innovators
Discover the latest customers and partners that have developed applications on Force.com. You'll learn how they did it—and how you can become the next big success story. Hear how these partners delivered cost-effective solutions quickly by building their apps on the Force.com platform.

:: The Schumacher Group: The Schumacher Group Maintains 30 Percent Annual Growth with Salesforce and Force.com
:: The Bronx Lab School: The Bronx Lab School Uses Force.com to Transform Teaching
:: Riskonnect: Free to Innovate with Force.com, Riskonnect Delivers Revolutionary Enterprise Risk Management Solution



From the Boards  
:: General Development
  Werewolf shows dgindy how to get a user's timezone from getUserInfo().userTimeZone.
:: Apex Development
  Scromie discovers that apex classes generated from WSDL must be generated in DE and sandbox orgs before deploying to produciton.
:: Visualforce Development
  Steve Chadbourn explains that when inputField points to a lookup field, a standard lookup field will appear on a Visualforce form.
:: Java Development
  Werewolf suggests some ways to parse XML in Java.
:: .NET Development
  Carl_V1 gets help from the community with importing a WSDL and generating stubs in .NET.
:: Perl, PHP, Python, & Ruby Development
   RedSummit shows Scott.M how to properly make a sandbox connection witih the PHP toolkit.
:: Hot Force.com Job of the Month
  We're always looking for top-notch technical talent to add to the Force.com team. Experience the life at Salesforce.com, check out the Force.com Boards and the new job listings

Force.com App of the Month: Datasul Fleet Management  
Datasul, a leader in the Latin American ERP market, has built a fleet management app using the Force.com platform. The 800th app listed on the AppExchange, Datasul's application helps companies track and monitor vehicle fuel consumption, maintenance, rates, and tire wear. These capabilities are critical for companies that have operations that require keeping trucks, buses, utility vehicles, forklifts, tractors, and other vehicles on the road.

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Calendar of Events

Dreamforce Europe
:: London, UK
May 7
Google I/O
:: San Francisco, CA
May 28
Tour de Force Events
:: Click to check for upcoming cities

Training: Extending Applications Using
:: Dallas, TX
May 12
:: Dallas, TX
June 6

Training: Application Laboratory
:: San Mateo
June 9
:: Atlanta, GA
June 16
:: New York, NY
June 23

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