Clean REST Endpoints in Salesforce

by Patrick Connelly posted on June 13, 2016

One of the things I love working on are webservices. However, one of the things I dislike about using SOAP is that using the endpoint isn’t as nice as it could be. This is something that has been addressed by how REST endpoints are interacted with. By writing clean REST endpoints, your users can easily understand what is going on under the hood

Clean REST Endpoints

What do I mean by clean REST endpoints? Let’s take a look at two possible URIs and see which ones are cleaner and easier to understand. For the examples below, we are going to have two URIs, one to get a case by case number, and one to get it’s comments

#Get case using url parameter
curl "$SFDC_URL/services/apexrest/v1/cases?number=012345"

#Get case comments using url parameter
curl "$SFDC_URL/services/apexrest/v1/comments?number=012345"

#Get case using number in url
curl "$SFDC_URL/services/apexrest/v1/cases/012345"

#Get case comments using number in url
curl "$SFDC_URL/services/apexrest/v1/cases/012345/comments"

While the parameters are perfectly acceptable, they are not pretty. Also, it is difficult as a programmer to know if the param you have add to the URI is number, or casenumber or what. So instead if we have clean REST endpoints, we have the case number as part of the URI and it is just more logical as to knowing how to get a specific case.


Trailhead: Apex Specialist Superbadge

by Patrick Connelly posted on June 06, 2016

Salesforce has released a new section under Trailhead called Superbadges, and they’re pretty awesome.

Superbadges?

Superbadges.

So if you’re familiar with Trailhead Projects, Superbadges are very similar to these but instead of guiding you through the process, you are given a set of requirements and you are required to implement it. All of the badges have requirements that you must meet before you can even start them. This is nice because it encourages you to learn the content before diving in. This way, the challenge of the badge is just building on your existing skills instead of teaching you new ones. For the first release, there are four Superbadges that you can earn:


Entitlements Hands-on Training

by Patrick Connelly posted on June 02, 2016

At Dreamforce 2015, I wrote a hands-on training for Salesforce University and presented it both as a Dreamforce session, as well as recorded it for use on their site. I had a great time writing the content as well as delivering it in their studio. However, the problem is that the content is locked in place and the content isn’t 100% correct. Since publishing it, I’ve found some typos in the guide as well as some mistakes in time calculations. Because of this, I wanted to make the training available in a format that was easier to update as well as easier for people to report issues against.


Trailhead: Entitlement Management

by Patrick Connelly posted on May 23, 2016

It’s a pretty well known fact that I’m a big fan of Entitlement Management. I’ve given a Dreamforce talk, been recorded by SalesforceU, and even have a github repo for it (it’s a work in progress). So when I heard that the Trailhead team was releasing a new Entitlement Management module I was ecstatic.


Ten years at Red Hat

by Patrick Connelly posted on May 17, 2016

That's a bunch of Red Hat!

May 15th marks my 10th year anniversary at Red Hat. That’s a bunch of time to be at one company, so I thought I’d take a couple of minutes to share my career path over the past 10 years as well as some fun pictures.


Watermarking PDFs in Visualforce

by Patrick Connelly posted on May 09, 2016

Keeping on the PDF and Trailhead theme, lets take a look at adding watermarks to our PDFs. There was recently a developer boards post about watermarking a PDF and it dovetailed nicely into the previous posts.


Git push to multiple remotes

by Patrick Connelly posted on May 02, 2016

With today’s PaSS offerings, you may find yourself in a position like I was. Let’s take the scenario of hosting an application on Openshift, but also wanting to store that code on Github. Historically, anytime you wanted to do a git push to both Openshift and Github, you’d have to submit two push commands. Now, you could write your own git alias to do that for you, but I recently discovered a better way to do this. (This also works if you are using Heroku)


Field Sets and Dynamic Visualforce

by Patrick Connelly posted on April 25, 2016

One of the downsides of the code I posted a couple of weeks ago to generate PDFs is that if you want to add new fields to your invoices, you have to edit the Visualforce page. By updating our Visualforce and using field sets, we can dynamically add fields to our invoices


PDF Attachment with Visualforce

by Patrick Connelly posted on April 18, 2016

After last weeks post, let’s take a look at how we can send a PDF attachment via a Visualforce email template. Our goal is to be able to automatically send an invoice to our customer whenever their Battle Station is fully operational. We will be taking the Battle Station Invoice PDF and making it something we can attach to an email and then create a workflow to send that email when the status changes to complete.


PDF Headers and Footers with Visualforce

by Patrick Connelly posted on April 04, 2016

Over the past couple of months, I’ve seen several posts on the Developer forums asking how to set PDF headers and footers with Visualforce. I decided to sit down and try my hand at it. If you have done the Battle Station app on Trailhead, you can try this out on your own sandbox! We will be generating a PDF invoice for the Battle Station app that includes a first page header image and a dynamically generated footer.