Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Visualforce Datepicker position when using modal popups

This is a quick post to save sometime for people using modal popups with date fields in a visualforce page..

if the default datepicker that shows up when using apex:inputField for date fields is not rendering properly or if its been displayed behind the popup or in some random position, then don't break your head.. apply the below css in your page and it should work fine..

.datePicker { z-index:1151; position:fixed; }

z-index is to bring the datepicker in front of the popup.. use the number (1151 in this case) higher than the one used for the modal popup..

position:fixed is to align the datepicker next to the input field.

hope this helps and saves time for someone..

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Salesforce Platform Developer I Certification

I m glad to pass the Platform Developer 1 certification today and thought I will share my experience on how the exam was and what sort of questions came up and what topics to read to prepare for the exam

Exam Format
  • Total questions => 60
  • Time allotted => 105 minutes which give close to little less than 2 minutes per question 
  • Pass Percentage  => 68% which means we have to get at least 41 out of 60 as correct that leaves a margin of 19 questions to either go wrong or miss out.
Anyone who's been working with the salesforce platform for at least 6+ months doing both declarative and programming work can easily clear this exam by just revising the topics listed in the certification guide. no magic.

but if you are a beginner & getting started with the platform, then we need to do some work in understanding the platform basics and the world of declarative and programmatic customization parts of the platform.

Topics Covered
The questions are pretty much taken from the topics listed in the certification guide and the % of questions from the topics are close to what's mentioned in the guide..

50% of the questions are across the below 5 topics (say close to 10% for each topic)
  • Platform Basics
    • Multi tenancy architecture - read thru the benefits & constraints of sharing a single instance with multiple clients and how enforcing limits helps to share the resources between the clients 
    • MVC - what parts of the platform corresponds to M , V , C
    • Appexchange - when will you use managed package, unmanaged package, buy vs build scenario
    • where will you develop managed packages
  • Data Model & Management
    • Data Import - how to update existing records during import by mapping external id
    • Schema builder use cases - example : how to delete a field if its referenced in apex
    • Object Relationships - Lookup vs Master Detail, how object / record security works between parent & child in both these relationship types
  • User Interface
    • Visualforce 
      • Merge fields, data binding between your VF page and Controller properties & methods
      • Using Global variables
      • Accessing Custom Settings value based on Current User's profile
    • Lightning Components
      • Where does the controller logic exist ?
      • what's included in the resource bundle ?
      • identify the benefits of lightning components
  • Testing 
    • understand the normal flow of a test method 
    • Creating & Accessing Pricebook and product data in test methods
    • using TestVisible to allow test methods to access a class private methods
    • preparing test data for the test methods using testdatafactory, test setup methods
    • where to store test data and load them in test methods for bulk testing
    • where all you can run your test classes and check the results
  • Debug & Deploy
    • Go thru the log filters, know how to set the filters on apex classes & triggers
    • Developer console - how to use the checkpoint window , log viewer
    • Changesets - possible source & destination in a changeset, deploy / rollback in a changeset, deployment connections
    • Force IDE - what can be updated thru the IDE

and the bulk of the remaining 50% comes from the topic
  • Logic & Process Automation
    • Apex Classes
      • Limits Class - how to get total limits and limits used
      • Schema Class - how to find get record type details, picklist values, object & field information, etc..
      • Exception handling - multiple catch blocks, identify which catch block gets run
      • Anonymous Execution - user vs system permissions
      • Accessing sharing information in apex
      • Inheritance, Interfaces & Inner Classes
      • Variables - Primitive, SObjects, Scope of variables 
      • Collections - List vs Set vs Map 
      • how a multi picklist field value is represented in apex
    • Apex Triggers
      • Order of execution - when the data change gets committed
      • Bulkification- what should be avoided in a loop
      • DML - direct CRUD vs Database methods, using AllOrNone flag to allow partial records to be committed.
      • Error handling - how to pass error back to the user from triggers, how to identify if we are approaching a limit and warn the user
      • Best practices
      • when can we change values of incoming record in a trigger without doing any additional DML
    • Apex Controllers for Visualforce
      • when to use Standard, Standard Set, Custom & Extenstion controllers
      • Constructors for the controllers
      • pagination with standard set controller
      • which controller is a correct fit when overriding standard page with VF
    • SOQL
      • handling the results of the query
      • SOQL for loops
    • Declarative World
      • Workflow rules - cross object field updates,
      • Validation rules - making a field mandatory based on a picklist value
      • Process Builder
      • Rollup fields - where can you declare rollup fieds, possible rollup fields between Standard objects
      • Formula fields - should be able to identify valid operations in a formula field from the given list

There are both scenario based questions as well as code snippet based questions. most of the code snippet based questions looked fairly straight forward without much twists, if you get stuck try to reverse engineer from the answers available and match it back to the flow of code to see which options is the right fit for the given code.

Out of 105 minutes, It took me close to 60 minutes to complete all the 60 questions and I took 15 minutes to revise all the answers few times just to make sure I didn't leave any question unanswered and I have selected the required number of answers for all the multi-select questions and mainly focused on the questions I have marked for review.

Overall I would say its easy to pass this one by just revising the topics listed in the certification guide without depending on any question dumps. gook luck friends..

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Salesforce Platform App Builder Certification (Transition Exam)

Hello Friends

I cleared the Salesforce app builder transition exam today and thought of sharing my experience.. I can't post the exact questions but can give a brief of what topics the exam touched on and how easy / hard was it..

Exam Format

the transition exam is 20 multiple choice questionnaire and you get 30 minutes to complete it.. pass percentage is 65%, so you need to get at least 13 questions correct

Pre requisite

you should have already got the Salesforce Developer Certification..

Prior Experience

If you are doing the transition exam, most of you are already using Salesforce day in & out for at least few months and been looking into the release notes of the past couple of releases touching Salesforce1 and Lightning features. if that's the case then this exam is an easy one for you..

but if you are just getting started with salesforce and looking to take the full App builder certification exam, then you have to spend some good time in getting used to the platform and understanding the functionalities before taking this certification


I just prepared myself going through the links listed in the app builder transition exam study guide and the app builder full exam and I can comfortably say the topics listed in the study guide is all you need to pass the exam.

Topics Covered

  • Filed Types - focus on field type changes and data losses, limits & considerations of field type changes, field types for multi line paragraphs, phone number searches
  • Actions - Object Specific and Global Actions - focus on Child record creations from parent and auto relationships between them
  • Lightning Connect - External Objects & External Data Sources - focus on external ids, global search for external data, types of connectors
  • Rollup Summary Fields - required relationship type for rollup summary, where & how to create
  • Sandboxes - different types of sandboxes, which one includes data, when to use each type, what's preferred for testing, etc..
  • Packaging - managed / unmanaged, what's editable in unmanaged, test classes in packages
  • Assignment Rules - Case, Lead, what's required for assignment rules, how many can be active, how many rule criteria's can be there
  • Master Detail / Lookup - understand the difference and what happens when converting from one to another, what can give rollup summary fields
  • Record Types - business / sales process, impact on pick list values , page layouts, which picklist fields cannot have different values based on record types
  • Workflow Rule - Re Evaluation - what gets re evaluated when workflow rule field update is marked to re evaluate other rules
  • Order of Execution - go thru the salesforce reference on order of execution and understand the order for assignment , workflow, validation, escalation rules
  • Lightning App Builder - parts of app builder, types of components & actions you can add into the app, how to enable the app built in lightning app builder inside salesforce1 mobile, creating a tab for the app
  • Person Accounts - data storage for person accounts, difference compared to business accounts, record types for person accounts
  • Social Accounts - what's required to sync social accounts, what details you can see using social accounts
  • AppExchange - buy vs build, when to go for an appexchange app or develop in house, e.g. quick way to implement products, pricing, quote & order


it took me 22 minutes to complete all 20 questions and revised the answers a few times in the remaining 8 minutes..  if you go thru the links in the study material for both the transition & the full exam and focus on the key areas on each of the topics, you can easily clear the exam.. good luck folks..

Friday, March 27, 2015

Saleforce Analytics Cloud Wave Setup

I got access to Salesforce Analytics Cloud this week and got some time to enable / set it up in our org..

here's a quick list of steps to enable, setup & configure Analytics cloud

1. Get the Analytics Cloud feature added to your org  by Salesforce
2. Once its added, you will notice the new menu item for analytics cloud under the setup menu
3. Go to Setup -> Analytics Cloud -> Getting Started
4. Click on Enable Analytics Cloud
5. That's the easy part. the tricky part is to add the analytics permission set license and permission set with required user permission to the user
6. The Analytics Cloud feature comes wit
  • User License type called "Analytics Cloud Integration User" and 
  • Permission Set Licenses 
    • "Analytics Cloud Builder"
    • "Analytics Cloud Explorer"
7. Go to Setup -> Manage Users -> Users and select the user (who will be working with analytics cloud) or if its for yourself, click on My profile and go to your user detail page
8. Click on Permission Set License assignments for the user and click on Edit Assignments and add the "Analytics Cloud Builder" permission set license to the user.
9. Go to Setup -> Manage Users -> Permission Sets
10. Click on New and create a new permission set.
Give it a name and DONT SELECT ANY LICENSE TYPE for the permission set.
11. Open the App Assignments and add the Analytics App and then in the System Permissions options enable all the analytics cloud permissions and save the permission set.
12. Now come back to the User and add the permission set using the Edit Assignments option under the Permission Set section for the user.

13. All done. once you save the User with both the Permission Set License and the Permission Set, you will see the Analytics App under the App menu

Now its time to surf thru the wave..

Monday, August 18, 2014

How can we contribute back to the Awesome Salesforce Community

I started working with Salesforce platform for quite sometime now and learnt most of the stuff on the job and the rest with a great help from the awesome salesforce community channels ..

  • Success Community (Answers Board & Chatter)
  • Salesforce Developer Forum
  • Salesforce Stackexchange (SFSE)
  • Lots & Lots of Blogs (from MVP members and other great minds)
  • User Groups & Developer Group Meetups
  • Dreamforce Sessions
  • Webinars & Salesforce Youtube Channel videos
  • Social #AskForce in Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+
  • and many more.....

as a Developer when you see so many different options/places to find a solution to what you are working on, over a period of time you will start thinking about contributing back to these channels which helped you.. and thats how i started my work in sharing what i learnt from the community back to the crowd to help people like me who are reaching out to the community everyday.. 

believe me this is more interesting / challenging / engaging / satisfying than just browsing existing answers or repeatedly asking the questions .. the more you share the more you learn.. the amount of research I do to post an answer helps me to understand and gain a deeper knowledge of a topic to which i answer.. i would never read those documents or articles if I am not answering a question..

I initially started with Salesforce Success Community Answers Board and then extended myself into Salesforce Developer Forums and recently into Salesforce Stackexchange as well.. 

each of these forums has a unique way of operating / dealing with questions & answers, how the contributors are rewarded / ranked, etc.. it takes a while for anyone to understand the moderation rules. I would suggest users to go thru existing discussions, use the search to find whats already existing, browse already Solved ones, top answers, FAQ pages to understand more about how the forums work, then get started with simple ones which you are very sure & confident about.. 

If you are answering to a question in any of these forums, I would suggest to follow these simple steps
  • Salesforce has Awesome Documentation resources (Salesforce Help, Docs, Youtube videos, blogs, etc..) if the answer exists in any of these please share those links and guide the user to the related section 
  • if the question has already been asked and answered before, provide those links instead of copying & sharing the answer again
  • if someone already answered to the question, no point in repeating the same.. see if you are adding more details or value with your answer compared whats already there
  • do your research and provide as much details as possible in a single answer rather than making it a chat by asking more questions and answering at the same time
  • finally share some respect to fellow contributors
here's my profile across the 3 different discussion boards I am currently involved in

Success Community Answers Profile

Developer Forums Profile

Salesforce Stackexchange Profile

Remember the more we share the more we learn.. :-)