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Introduction to Visualforce


Published on can automatically generate user interfaces, but in some cases you might want to build a more custom UI. Join us to learn about Visualforce, the component-based UI framework that lets you build attractive, dynamic, reusable user interfaces. We'll cover code walk-throughs, common use cases, leveraging Apex on the server side, debugging techniques, and how to utilize the component framework to make your code portable and maintainable.

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Introduction to Visualforce

  1. 1. Introduction to Visualforce Ralph Eddy – Sales Engineer Henry Liu – Sales Engineer
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  3. 3. What You Will Learn Today What is Visualforce and how is it used. ▪ Examples Developing in visualforce. ▪ We are going to build a page that allows you to Nominate Contacts for a Conference ▪ We evolve this page from • • • • • • a simplelist to an enterable list make it searchable show it on an Account page Give it a modern responsive design Make it mobile How to get Started.
  4. 4. Outline, Agenda, Introduction, Examples Agenda - 5 ▪ Show in VF Tab Introduction - 5 ▪ ▪ When to Use Visualforce Our story is around Managing Conferences Examples of how Visualforce is used - 5 ▪ ▪ ▪ Custom Tab – you already saw the Agenda Custom Tab in a User’s Profile Inline on a Detail page • • • ▪ Global Action • ▪ Banner on Conference Google Map SAP Data Add Attendee Mobile • Add Attendee and other apps These slides are not to be presented. Rather, this is the outline of what they are presenting, since they do not intend to have slides.
  5. 5. Create a List of Contacts Goal: We want to create a page that list contacts and makes it very easy to recommend them to attend a Conference. Create a Visualforce Page – in Setup - 3 Turn on Development Mode • View page using /apex/{pagename} <apex:pageblock> - 3 <apex:pageSection> Component Reference for quick Help Add a banner to the top of the page - 3 • • Upload an image to resources <apex:image> So far this page is static – le’s add some data Add a controller - 5 • • LIST<contact> [SELECT] <apex: pageBlockTable> • <apex:outputField> : First, last, phone, email Make it a Tab - 3 ShowHeader=“false”
  6. 6. Make the List Enterable & Searchable Make list Enterable - 5 ▪ ▪ ▪ Add to query in controller (type an error) <apex:inputField> Contact.Nominate_For__c : exec, regular, no Make Email enterable as well • Show validation (how?) Controller add Save method: update list <apex:commandButton> Save ▪ Save gets error – add <apex:form> Update and show data on Contact record. Add Search – Last name - 5 ▪ Add method to Controller • ▪ Show data validation in Apex when save select Add Search to Page Do a search
  7. 7. Show List on Account, Responsive, Mobile Add page to Account (use a copy of the page) - 5 ▪ /apex/ContactsOnAccount – creates a new page • ▪ ▪ ▪ Use the same controller standardController New constructor method where Search uses id Remove search and banner Drag Visualforce onto Account record Update Contacts Replace Visualforce Markup with Responsive Design - 5 ▪ Do this in a copy of the page, reference the same controller Show page in a Mobile device - 5 ▪ Add “page” record in QW demo.
  8. 8. Sandbox, Dev Tools, Rich Examples, Getting Started To do this in production you must develop in a Sandbox and promote to Production ▪ Apex code must have a test class Developing in other tools ▪ ▪ Eclipse Sublime Additional Examples of full Websites ▪ ▪ Demo Booth signup AppExchange How to Get Started Resources ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ Visualforce documentation Youtube Discussion Boards What we Showed You
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