Apex for Admins: Beyond the Basics (Part 2)


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In the second webinar in our Apex for Admin series we will be discussing SOQL, where to use it and why it’s important. We will also build upon the skills learned in the first Apex for Admins webinar to expand on the core terms in Apex and what they mean. We will cover creating, updating, and deleting records, along with other tools to add to your Apex arsenal.

This series serves as an Introduction to Apex for Salesforce Administrators with no programming background. This is the second in a 3-part series with David Liu and LeeAnne Templeman. David Liu is the creator of sfdc99.com, an intro to Apex exercise guide for all Salesforce Admins. David is a self-taught Salesforce MVP who began his path as a marketer and is now the Salesforce Technical Architect for Google. He will share some of his own learning path, as well as tips and tricks on how to become a Salesforce developer.

Key Takeaways:

::Discover what SOQL is and where to use it
::Learn to write a cross-object query
::Explore the different types of variables that can be used in a Trigger
::Learn to write loop and IF statements
::Watch how to create, update, and delete records using Apex

Resource page: https://developer.salesforce.com/en/events/webinars/apex-for-admins-build-on-basics

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    - in a workflow you only have access to the current record, using SOQL you can access any record in the database
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    Data loader SOQL queries are limited, you can do so much more
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  • Putting it all together!

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    We are learning the fundamental parts of APEX, the core lego blocks of APEX

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  • Apex for Admins: Beyond the Basics (Part 2)

    1. 1. Apex for Admins Build on the Basics May 22, 2014
    2. 2. #forcewebinar Safe Harbor Safe harbor statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This presentation may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. If any such uncertainties materialize or if any of the assumptions proves incorrect, the results of salesforce.com, inc. could differ materially from the results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements we make. All statements other than statements of historical fact could be deemed forward-looking, including any projections of product or service availability, subscriber growth, earnings, revenues, or other financial items and any statements regarding strategies or plans of management for future operations, statements of belief, any statements concerning new, planned, or upgraded services or technology developments and customer contracts or use of our services. The risks and uncertainties referred to above include – but are not limited to – risks associated with developing and delivering new functionality for our service, new products and services, our new business model, our past operating losses, possible fluctuations in our operating results and rate of growth, interruptions or delays in our Web hosting, breach of our security measures, the outcome of intellectual property and other litigation, risks associated with possible mergers and acquisitions, the immature market in which we operate, our relatively limited operating history, our ability to expand, retain, and motivate our employees and manage our growth, new releases of our service and successful customer deployment, our limited history reselling non- salesforce.com products, and utilization and selling to larger enterprise customers. Further information on potential factors that could affect the financial results of salesforce.com, inc. is included in our annual report on Form 10-Q for the most recent fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2012. This documents and others containing important disclosures are available on the SEC Filings section of the Investor Information section of our Web site. Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other presentations, press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase our services should make the purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available. Salesforce.com, inc. assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.
    3. 3. #forcewebinar Speakers David Liu Technical Architect, MVP @dvdkliu LeeAnne Templeman Developer Evangelist @leeanndroid
    4. 4. #forcewebinar Engage with the Community @salesforcedevs / #Apex4Admins Salesforce Developers Salesforce Developers The video will be posted to YouTube & the webinar recap page (same URL as registration). This webinar is being recorded!Success Community
    5. 5. #forcewebinar Have Questions?  Don’t wait until the end to ask your question! – Technical support will answer questions starting now.  Respect Q&A etiquette – Please don’t repeat questions. The support team is working their way down the queue.  Stick around for live Q&A at the end – Speakers will tackle more questions at the end, time-allowing.  Head to Developer Forums – More questions? Visit developer.salesforce.com/forums
    6. 6. #forcewebinar David’s Top Tips!  Attend all 3 #Apex4Admins webinars  Do tutorials & quizzes on SFDC99.com  Be active on the Success Community  Read “Head First Java”  Hard work beats talent  Find ways to make coding fun
    7. 7. #forcewebinar www.SFDC99.com
    8. 8. #forcewebinar Don’t Miss Out on Dreamforce 2014! http://bit.ly/df14-apex4admins $899 Discount Code: D14DVLPR
    9. 9. #forcewebinar Introduction to Apex: Build on the Basics  Last Week Recap  Who should be tuning in?  SOQL  Cross Object Queries  Trigger Variables  Loop and IF Statements
    10. 10. #forcewebinar http://bit.ly/apex4admins-1
    11. 11. #forcewebinar Recap: Anatomy of a Trigger   Salesforce Keyword  Variable  Free TextImportant!
    12. 12. #forcewebinar Recap: Anatomy of a Test Class   Salesforce Keyword  Variable  Free TextImportant!
    13. 13. #forcewebinar POP QUIZ!  How does your Test Class know which Trigger to test?  If you can solve a business need using either a Trigger or a Workflow Rule, which should you use?  What is Trigger.new and why is it so important? Workflow Rule! We always use clicks whenever possible. Trick question – it doesn’t! Test classes must indirectly “trigger” triggers by doing actions that cause a trigger to fire. They never explicitely tell a trigger to run. Trigger.new is a special list of every record that has entered your trigger. You’ll see this variable in every trigger that’s written.
    14. 14. #forcewebinar What is SOQL?  Salesforce Query language  When do we use it?  Use both SOQL & Apex in a Trigger  Cross-object actions  SOQL  APEX
    15. 15. #forcewebinar You may have already used SOQL!
    16. 16. #forcewebinar Types of SOQL Queries Basic WHERE Cross Object
    17. 17. #forcewebinar Types of SOQL Queries AND & OR AND
    18. 18. #forcewebinar Types of SOQL Queries TEXT, PICKLIST, or ID values NUMBERS
    19. 19. #forcewebinar Types of SOQL Queries Dates Fuzzy Matching
    20. 20. #forcewebinar Types of SOQL Queries Limiting your results Sorting your results
    21. 21. #forcewebinar What Is Our Query Asking For? What TYPE of candy bar is our final query asking for??? First listener to guess via CHAT wins a Developer Prize Package!
    22. 22. #forcewebinar SOQL Query: Putting it all together!
    23. 23. #forcewebinar Where Can I Use SOQL? Chapter 1: • Data Loader • Simple queries • Apex • Workbench • workbench.developerforce.com/login.p hp • Workbench is a coding playground!
    24. 24. #forcewebinar Exercise Let’s write a SOQL Query!
    25. 25. #forcewebinar POP QUIZ!  Why do 95% of Triggers use SOQL?  Name THREE places you can write SOQL?  What are the TWO words that appear in every SOQL Statement? Data Loader, Workbench, and Apex Triggers. SOQL lets you do cross-object actions in a trigger. If you don’t need SOQL in your trigger, there is a strong chance you can use workflow instead. SELECT and FROM
    26. 26. #forcewebinar Apex Fundamentals  Trigger Variables  IF Statements  Loops
    27. 27. #forcewebinar Trigger Variables
    28. 28. #forcewebinar IF Statements and Comparison Operators
    29. 29. #forcewebinar Trigger Quiz!!! How much did David spend on Frozen merchandise??? First listener to guess via CHAT wins a Developer Prize Package!
    30. 30. #forcewebinar What is the final value of frozenSpend? 7.99
    31. 31. #forcewebinar Loops
    32. 32. #forcewebinar Exercise! Let’s write a Trigger
    33. 33. #forcewebinar POP QUIZ!  What is ‘2’ + ‘2’ ?  What is the difference between = and == ? One equals sign sets a variable to a value. Two equals signs checks to see if two values are equal and returns true or false. 22. Note that each of the numbers is wrapped in single quotes, which means we treat them as text. The result is also a string!
    34. 34. #forcewebinar Recap  Basic Trigger Recap  What is SOQL?  Where do we write SOQL?  Apex FUNdamentals
    35. 35. #forcewebinar So Where Do I Start?  Developer Edition Org  Sandbox – Change Sets – Existing Customizations  DE vs Trial?
    36. 36. #forcewebinar Resources  Developer Forums – http://developer.salesforce.com/forums  SFDC99 – David’s Site – http://sfdc99.com  Join the community – #Apex4Admins
    37. 37. May 29nd Apex for Admins: Beyond the Basics! http://bit.ly/apex4admins-3 • Principles of a good test class • Write your own deduping trigger • Combining SOQL and Apex Triggers • Learn more about becoming a #AdminWhoCodes
    38. 38. Q & A #forcewebinar David Liu Technical Architect, MVP @dvdkliu LeeAnne Templeman Developer Evangelist @leeanndroid
    39. 39. Survey Your feedback is crucial to the success of our webinar programs. Thank you! http://bit.ly/buildonbasics #forcewebinar