Author Archives: Kabilan Giridharan

Kabilan Giridharan

Over 20 years experience in leading product engineering and quality software delivery for business-critical enterprise applications. Expertise in agile digital transformation and business process re-engineering.

Evaluate Lightning Web Components In Online Playground

Salesforce has introduced an online editor to try out Lightning Web Components. Lightning Web Components is the new UI development approach that Salesforce has; this is an evolution from the current Aura framework. Salesforce is to allow both Lightning Web Components and Aura frameworks to exist side-by-side.

To not just experiment, but also evaluate design considerations playground can be used. By using the instructions here, new Lightning Web Components can also be created on the interactive code Playground editor.

Dual Listbox is a control that that just shows a bunch of values on the left-side and allows user to choose the values and move them to right-side.

Lightning Web components

Can dual listbox handle thousands of values on the left-side? Playground makes it quite easy to change the values of the values loaded.

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A Primer in Software Testing

Software testing is a field that gained currency in the late 90s and ’00s for different reasons. As people moved from client-server to web applications, it got a new life as software systems will behave differently. Software testing was re-invigorated with Web 2.0. Subsequently, it was in focus again with mobile applications and tailoring user experience for mobile devices. Lately, focus on software testing is again on the go with new architectural patterns including micro services architecture. Model-driven testing and behavior-driven development have been other testing approaches that have influenced the overall industry. Today, cloud-based applications (such as Salesforce) that can scale on-demand and cloud-based storage are in vogue; these require not-so-different test practices. Continue reading

Posted in Agile, Software Testing.

Use TransmogrifAI to jumpstart Salesforce machine learning

Salesforce released TransmogrifAI, a machine learning library written in Scala that runs on top of Spark. This can be potentially deployed on any cloud such as Heroku/PostgreSQL platform. What all is involved in TransmogrifAI?

  • Language: Scala
  • Underlying engine: Apache Spark data processing engine
  • Deployment platform: A standalone local machine or cloud platform like Heroku

Let us explore a bit more about these new players in the scene and whether they will align with our need to build robust machine learning models. The entry barrier to using the TransmogrifAI library is likely to be the new tech stack that a typical Salesforce developer needs to scale up to. Continue reading

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Salesforce DevOps (CI/CD) InfoGraphic

Start your journey to Salesforce DevOps with this infographic that captures introduction to different aspects of DevOps in Salesforce platform. It compares different approaches to Salesforce DevOps and finally has a deep-dive on Salesforce DX as well. Be it a free tool or a commercial one, do exercise caution while choosing any of the approaches – since it takes 6-12 months investment to stabilize a DevOps approach.

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What is driving the need for Salesforce DevOps?

Salesforce DevOps is picking up steam with the recent focus on source driven development on Salesforce platform, particularly through increasing adoption of continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) using Salesforce DX. What contributed to this shift from ‘Changesets’ and ANT migration tool approaches? Following are some crucial factors:

Movement to Lightning

The shift to Lightning experience meant lot more control to developers. There is a lot more code to be written and hence to be preserved for future reference. While the approach of solving using configurations and settings is still predominant in a CRM implementation, there is definitely lot more custom code required if one is building a partner or customer community portal. Continue reading

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