I Passed Advanced Developer
Certification
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This presentation may contai...
Chris Alun Lewis
Application Developer, Desynit
@ChrisAlunLewis

Leah McGowen-Hare,MSEd
Master Developer Instructor, sales...
Agenda
Certified Force.com Advanced Developer Overview
Chris’ Story
Leah’s Story
Barry’s Story
Q&A
Resources
Salesforce.com Certification Program
Administrator Track

Manage and Configure
Salesforce

Implementation Expert
Track

De...
Salesforce.com Certification Program

Learn more: certification.salesforce.com
Test Taker Agreement
You agree to this when you create a test taker account
You are prohibited from disclosing, copying, o...
Salesforce.com Certified Advanced Developer
GOAL

Step 0: Certified Developer

▪ Demonstrate your mastery of Apex,
Visualf...
Agenda
Certified Force.com Advanced Developer Overview
Chris’ Story
Leah’s Story
Barry’s Story
Q&A
Resources
Achieving the Advanced Developer Certification
A Journey through the Force.com platform

Chris Alun Lewis
Who was I?
▪ Working on Force.com 2.5 years
▪ Certified Developer
▪ Keen to Achieve More
The Advanced Developer Certification
Part 1: Multiple Choice Exam
Emphasis on code and practical scenarios
▪ Read, read, read (Apex guide)
▪ Don’t be afraid to...
Part 1: Multiple Choice Exam
Key concepts – use your fridge!
Part 2 : The Assignment
A practical exercise in building / enhancing an application
▪ Don’t dive in
▪ Your experience help...
Part 2 : The Assignment
Don’t have a mad panic!

Lesson Learnt : Controlled iteration, small steps
Improved development pr...
Part 3: Essay style questions
A review of your assignment, what you did and why?
▪ Salesforce wants you to succeed
▪ Commo...
I passed! – Who I am now?
▪ Certified Advanced Developer
▪ Better understanding of Salesforce
▪ Passion for learning
In summary
Not just a Certified Developer, a BETTER Developer

It’s a Journey, Don’t stop believin’ ;)
Agenda
Certified Force.com Advanced Developer Overview
Chris’ Story
Leah’s Story
Barry’s Story
Q&A
Resources
Tales of Certification and Person Hygiene
Or What Happens When You Just Give It a Go

Leah McGowen-Hare
My Flare..
December 2012
•On a whim took the Advanced Multiple Choice Test
• Hooray!! Know more than I knew
• Oh SA%$!! I have to do ...
January-March 2013
▪ Read Apex Developer’s Guide
▪ Read Visualforce Developer’s Guide
▪ Spent many of nights curled up wit...
March 2013
• 3/28/2103 :7:28 pm, Received project assignment.
• After reading 20 page specifications and requirements
• Cr...
March 2013
• 3/28/2103 :7:28 pm, Received project assignment.
• After reading 20 page specifications and requirements
• Cr...
April 2013
• Went into super developer mode
• 3 Weeks straight coding
!!

• Husband ran an intervention

e

Sup

er
Cod
r
...
June 2013
• June 28, 9:18 pm received the email with four letter word

• Celebrate
Today – Now What?
The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart.
And being thoughtful and being generous. Ev...
Advanced Developer Cert
Makes you too Sexy for your shirt!
Agenda
Certified Force.com Advanced Developer Overview
Chris’ Story
Leah’s Story
Barry’s Story
Q&A
Resources
A step-by-step approach to a new certification
And what I learned in the process

Barry Hughes
My Background

Lotus Domino / IBM Notes Certified Developer for 15 years (R5+).
My Mission: 16 months to get all 3 credentials….
My Approach

• No formal training
• Pass the exam mindset
…… get into study mode.
December 2011
Tutorial videos via the Premier Success Plan Help & Training.
Home study (7 days)
Exam guide
December 2011

March
2012

January 2012 – March 2012
1-2 days per week study
Tutorial videos

March 2012: sat and failed m...
December 2011

March
2012

Fill in the gaps
-

Apex Developers Guide
Visualforce Developers Guide
More focus on workbooks ...
Preparing for the Assignment
June 2012
Signed up for the Assignment from a rental car
while I was on family holidays in Sp...
Assignment Progress
Obtain understanding family….

Salesforce blogs Rule!
(I owe many people many drinks).

50-60 hours to...
Helpful Tips
Focus on the functionality required…
Not the visuals or security
Provide anonymous block code to create test ...
Essay Exam
Preparation
How did you approach the assignment?
Who, What, Why, Where, How ….. Especially How!!

Scheduling
- ...
Getting the Results
Results email received on March 5th 2013.
▪ Strengths I displayed in my assignment
▪ Areas I need to d...
Agenda
Certified Force.com Advanced Developer Overview
Chris’ Story
Leah’s Story
Barry’s Story
Q&A
Resources
Chris Alun Lewis

Leah McGowen-Hare

Barry Hughes

Developer
Desynit
@ChrisAlunLewis

Senior Instructor,
salesforce.com
@L...
Agenda
Certified Force.com Advanced Developer Overview
Chris’ Story
Leah’s Story
Barry’s Story
Q&A
Resources
The Obvious Stuff
Download the Study Guide: certification.salesforce.com/developers
Sign up for training (instructor-led o...
The Not So Obvious Stuff
Follow the MVPs on Twitter find them here: http://developer.force.com/mvp
Read the Article: http:...
The Bottom Line
Prepare, Perspire, Persevere!
Every experience is different
Be prepared for the certification journey to i...
We want to hear
from YOU!
Please take a moment to complete our
session survey
Surveys can be found in the “My Agenda”
port...
Appendix
So I’m Certified, Now What?
Display your certified logo proudly!
Join your local Developer User Group: bit.ly/user-groups
...
Session
Survey
Ready for
hands-on training?
Follow up with an instructorled course, we suggest:
Don’t
forget...
Tell us wh...
Need Help, Contact Us
Search the Knowledge Base certification.force.com/pkb
Open a Case

certification.salesforce.com/open...
How do I register for the exam?
Create a test taker account and register for the
exam at: www.webassessor.com/salesforce
L...
How Do I Maintain my Credential?
30 minute release-specific online Developer exams are available for
each major Salesforce...
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  1. 1. I Passed Advanced Developer Certification
  2. 2. 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 any litigation, risks associated with completed and any 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-K for the most recent fiscal year and in our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the most recent fiscal quarter. These 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. Chris Alun Lewis Application Developer, Desynit @ChrisAlunLewis Leah McGowen-Hare,MSEd Master Developer Instructor, salesforce.com @LeahBMH Barry Hughes Developer, Blue Wave Group @barryhughes Peter Chittum Developer Evangelist, salesforce.com @pchittum
  4. 4. Agenda Certified Force.com Advanced Developer Overview Chris’ Story Leah’s Story Barry’s Story Q&A Resources
  5. 5. Salesforce.com Certification Program Administrator Track Manage and Configure Salesforce Implementation Expert Track Design Sales & Service Cloud Solutions Developer Track Architect Track Develop Custom Force. com Apps Architect a Complete Force.com Solution Prerequisite: Salesforce.com Certified Force.com Developer Prerequisite: Salesforce.com Certified Administrator Prerequisite: Salesforce.com Certified Administrator Prerequisite: Salesforce.com Certified Force.com Developer Learn more: certification.salesforce.com
  6. 6. Salesforce.com Certification Program Learn more: certification.salesforce.com
  7. 7. Test Taker Agreement You agree to this when you create a test taker account You are prohibited from disclosing, copying, or publishing exam questions and the assignment scenario. Would compromise the certification exams Degrades the value of the Certification
  8. 8. Salesforce.com Certified Advanced Developer GOAL Step 0: Certified Developer ▪ Demonstrate your mastery of Apex, Visualforce, and Testing Step 1: Test RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCE ▪ 8+ months experience on the Force.com platform Step 2: Assignment Step 3: Essay Maintenance
  9. 9. Agenda Certified Force.com Advanced Developer Overview Chris’ Story Leah’s Story Barry’s Story Q&A Resources
  10. 10. Achieving the Advanced Developer Certification A Journey through the Force.com platform Chris Alun Lewis
  11. 11. Who was I? ▪ Working on Force.com 2.5 years ▪ Certified Developer ▪ Keen to Achieve More
  12. 12. The Advanced Developer Certification
  13. 13. Part 1: Multiple Choice Exam Emphasis on code and practical scenarios ▪ Read, read, read (Apex guide) ▪ Don’t be afraid to experiment ▪ Know key concepts / processes
  14. 14. Part 1: Multiple Choice Exam Key concepts – use your fridge!
  15. 15. Part 2 : The Assignment A practical exercise in building / enhancing an application ▪ Don’t dive in ▪ Your experience helps ▪ Keep it simple & native
  16. 16. Part 2 : The Assignment Don’t have a mad panic! Lesson Learnt : Controlled iteration, small steps Improved development practices
  17. 17. Part 3: Essay style questions A review of your assignment, what you did and why? ▪ Salesforce wants you to succeed ▪ Common Sense ▪ Lightbulb moment? Don’t be afraid to debate
  18. 18. I passed! – Who I am now? ▪ Certified Advanced Developer ▪ Better understanding of Salesforce ▪ Passion for learning
  19. 19. In summary Not just a Certified Developer, a BETTER Developer It’s a Journey, Don’t stop believin’ ;)
  20. 20. Agenda Certified Force.com Advanced Developer Overview Chris’ Story Leah’s Story Barry’s Story Q&A Resources
  21. 21. Tales of Certification and Person Hygiene Or What Happens When You Just Give It a Go Leah McGowen-Hare
  22. 22. My Flare..
  23. 23. December 2012 •On a whim took the Advanced Multiple Choice Test • Hooray!! Know more than I knew • Oh SA%$!! I have to do the Programming Assignment
  24. 24. January-March 2013 ▪ Read Apex Developer’s Guide ▪ Read Visualforce Developer’s Guide ▪ Spent many of nights curled up with a book
  25. 25. March 2013 • 3/28/2103 :7:28 pm, Received project assignment. • After reading 20 page specifications and requirements • Cried and panic attack
  26. 26. March 2013 • 3/28/2103 :7:28 pm, Received project assignment. • After reading 20 page specifications and requirements • Cried and panic attack
  27. 27. April 2013 • Went into super developer mode • 3 Weeks straight coding !! • Husband ran an intervention e Sup er Cod r th • April 19 completed Essay portion th • April 20 , submitted project YOU NEED
  28. 28. June 2013 • June 28, 9:18 pm received the email with four letter word • Celebrate
  29. 29. Today – Now What? The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful and being generous. Everything else is crap. I promise you. It's just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don't buy it. Be smart. Be thoughtful and be generous. -Ashton Kutcher • Therefore sexy = smart • Therefore…
  30. 30. Advanced Developer Cert Makes you too Sexy for your shirt!
  31. 31. Agenda Certified Force.com Advanced Developer Overview Chris’ Story Leah’s Story Barry’s Story Q&A Resources
  32. 32. A step-by-step approach to a new certification And what I learned in the process Barry Hughes
  33. 33. My Background Lotus Domino / IBM Notes Certified Developer for 15 years (R5+).
  34. 34. My Mission: 16 months to get all 3 credentials….
  35. 35. My Approach • No formal training • Pass the exam mindset …… get into study mode.
  36. 36. December 2011 Tutorial videos via the Premier Success Plan Help & Training. Home study (7 days) Exam guide
  37. 37. December 2011 March 2012 January 2012 – March 2012 1-2 days per week study Tutorial videos March 2012: sat and failed multiple choice exam. Too heavily focused on video tutorials Realised that Developers guides are crucial DEV501 Salesforce Course is excellent!
  38. 38. December 2011 March 2012 Fill in the gaps - Apex Developers Guide Visualforce Developers Guide More focus on workbooks and project work May 2012: Passed multiple choice exam. May 2012
  39. 39. Preparing for the Assignment June 2012 Signed up for the Assignment from a rental car while I was on family holidays in Spain Certified as a Salesforce.com Instructor FREE salesforce.com You Tube videos and Podcasts ▪ Very good videos on Force.com development. ▪ Chris Barry’s podcast ▪ Codetalk – weekly Q & A with Sandeep and the gang. ▪ Design Pattern videos also very useful. ▪ VideoCache iPhone app
  40. 40. Assignment Progress Obtain understanding family…. Salesforce blogs Rule! (I owe many people many drinks). 50-60 hours to complete the assignment. ▪ Coding trigger and VF page ➔ 40% of my time. ▪ Preparing for the Essay exam ➔ 10% ▪ Rest spent testing code.
  41. 41. Helpful Tips Focus on the functionality required… Not the visuals or security Provide anonymous block code to create test records. Comment your code! ▪ Explains your thinking and techniques to the person grading it ▪ A huge help when preparing for the essay exam. TESTING!!! ▪ Positive, Negative, Profiles, Bulk
  42. 42. Essay Exam Preparation How did you approach the assignment? Who, What, Why, Where, How ….. Especially How!! Scheduling - Sit it when you have development nearly finished - International Candidates beware of dates and times of submission There were 5 questions: ▪ designed to allow you to talk about what you did. ▪ Commenting your code – this gives you a good study guide. A GOTCHA ▪ ▪ Essay exam software a little difficult to type out the answers. Copy and Paste between questions does not work!
  43. 43. Getting the Results Results email received on March 5th 2013. ▪ Strengths I displayed in my assignment ▪ Areas I need to develop What did it mean? ▪ Huge sense of accomplishment ▪ My MD was very happy ▪ My LinkedIn account has gone mad! ▪ My knowledge of and confidence using the Force.com platform has been greatly enhanced ▪ Massive appreciation for a world-class product.
  44. 44. Agenda Certified Force.com Advanced Developer Overview Chris’ Story Leah’s Story Barry’s Story Q&A Resources
  45. 45. Chris Alun Lewis Leah McGowen-Hare Barry Hughes Developer Desynit @ChrisAlunLewis Senior Instructor, salesforce.com @LeahBMH Developer Blue Wave Group @barryhughes Visit the Certification website: http://certification.salesforce.com/developers
  46. 46. Agenda Certified Force.com Advanced Developer Overview Chris’ Story Leah’s Story Barry’s Story Q&A Resources
  47. 47. The Obvious Stuff Download the Study Guide: certification.salesforce.com/developers Sign up for training (instructor-led or self-paced online training) Practice in a free Developer Edition Org: www.developerforce.com/join Register for the Exam: www.webassessor.com/salesforce Join the Salesforce.com Training & Certification Group in the Success Community.
  48. 48. The Not So Obvious Stuff Follow the MVPs on Twitter find them here: http://developer.force.com/mvp Read the Article: http://bit.ly/AdvDevCert Dig into Salesforce Stackexchange: http://salesforce.stackexchange.com
  49. 49. The Bottom Line Prepare, Perspire, Persevere! Every experience is different Be prepared for the certification journey to improve your skills
  50. 50. We want to hear from YOU! Please take a moment to complete our session survey Surveys can be found in the “My Agenda” portion of the Dreamforce app
  51. 51. Appendix
  52. 52. So I’m Certified, Now What? Display your certified logo proudly! Join your local Developer User Group: bit.ly/user-groups Get active on the Discussion Boards: bit.ly/devboards
  53. 53. Session Survey Ready for hands-on training? Follow up with an instructorled course, we suggest: Don’t forget... Tell us what you think with the session survey Have Premier? Apex Force.com Code (Apex) and Force.com Page Controllers Try these online courses: Managing Development with Force.com Visualforce Controller Salesforce Success Community Join the community to collaborate with customers, employees, and peers. Simply log in to Salesforce, click Help & Training, then click Collaboration.
  54. 54. Need Help, Contact Us Search the Knowledge Base certification.force.com/pkb Open a Case certification.salesforce.com/open-a-case Salesforce.com Training & Certification Group Salesforce.com Certified Professionals Group facebook.com/SalesforceCertification @SalesforceCert
  55. 55. How do I register for the exam? Create a test taker account and register for the exam at: www.webassessor.com/salesforce Log into your test taker account to register for additional exams and view your transcript. Locate a testing center at: kryteriononline. com/host_locations Online proctoring is available ▪ ▪ Review system requirements at: www. webassessor.com/downloads Apple computers not recommended
  56. 56. How Do I Maintain my Credential? 30 minute release-specific online Developer exams are available for each major Salesforce release ▪ You will be notified via email when release content and exams are available ▪ Cost: $100 for every 3rd release exam (includes access to Release Training and the associated maintenance exams for one year) Each release exam is available for two release cycles If you do not pass the release exam by the deadline, all credentials will expire (do not lose your Advanced Developer Certification!) The exams are open note, so you can refer to the online training and release notes during the exam Certification Exam Release Schedule: certification.salesforce.com/schedules

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