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Build Consumer-Facing Apps with Heroku Connect

  1. 1. Build Consumer-Facing Apps with Heroku Connect Jeff Douglas Developer Evangelist Architect @jeffdonthemic
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  3. 3. Jeff Douglas Developer Evangelist Architect
  4. 4. What is the Heroku Connect? Native bi-directional data sync service between Salesforce and Heroku Postgres allowing you to build apps faster and easier.
  5. 5. Makes Developers Happy! • Knows how to build customer-facing web and mobile apps • Familiar with Heroku, Postgres and add-ons • Uses standard open source stacks • Already knows SQL • Uses familiar tools and workflows • Doesn’t need a deep understanding of how Salesforce works [ForceLogic]
  6. 6. Makes Salesforce Users Happy! • Data is happy, safe & secure in Salesforce • Ensure data integrity. • Control & maintain business processes. • Easier to find development resources. No need to build an admin interface for the web app. Use the standard Salesforce UI & save $$! Brilliant!
  7. 7. How does Heroku Connect work? • Synchronizes data with standard or custom Salesforce objects • Uses LastModifiedDate to detect changes to Salesforce objects and database triggers for Postgres changes • Only syncs modified columns • Implements “last writer win” • Does not support inflight transformations • Does not automatically detect schema changes
  8. 8. Mapping Object & Tables • Creates database tables & columns during setup. Uses the same names as Salesforce, except with all lower-case letters • Each database table defines a native, unique, auto-increment integer primary key column named ‘id’ • The Salesforce Id field is renamed as ‘sfid’ in the database table • Supports external ids for master-detail relationship mapping (see docs)
  9. 9. Syncing Data • Salesforce modes: Read-only & Read/Write • Utilizes SOAP, Bulk, and other batch processes to optimize inbound Salesforce records and minimize API calls. • Sync modes: – Polling • Every 2-60 minutes (10 minutes default) • Drops to 3 minutes when in UI – Evented (recommended) • Uses Streaming API if available for object • Still polls every 10 minutes Estimate 300 API calls per day per bidirectional object
  10. 10. Logging
  11. 11. Operating Heroku Connect
  12. 12. Examples in the Wild
  13. 13. More Heroku Postgres Awesomeness Fork databases for faster development Create follower database for reporting or external access Share SQL results with Dataclips
  14. 14. Demo (Short)
  15. 15. Best Practices • Update mappings when you delete fields from Salesforce. • Be careful when creating validation rules or required fields as inserts may fail. • Connect to your org with a user with “View All Data” permissions or a SysAdmin user if possible. • Watch your API consumption for hungry tables. Dial-down sync time if possible. • No record level permissions in Postgres so your app must implement them if necessary. • If Heroku Connect stop syncing, try Restarting before reloading the object. • No support for image or file sync so store them in S3 and sync the URL. • Write to Postgres and Salesforce when real-time update necessary
  16. 16. Questions?

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  • If you are familiar with Informatica, Boomi or you should feel right at home. How does it make building app faster? I’m glad you asked.
  • Heroko connect makes developers happy! This is my buddy Enrico. He’s a web developer. And knows how to build customer facing mobile and web apps using open stack technologies like Javascript, Ruby and PHP. He’s quite familiar with Heorku and their add-ons and he’s a big fan of postgres. He’s been doing SQL for years and very confortable with it.
    Now Enrico loves Heroku connect because he can uses his favorite editors like Sublime text or Atom to write code directly against Postgres just like he’s done for years. He’s a ruby guy and ActiveRecords works great and he can run all of his test using Rspec. Familiar tool and familiar workflows. For him, it’s just like any other web or mobile project. He doesn’t need a deep understanding of Salesforce to complete the project.
  • This is my fellow Appirian Jarrod Kingston who is a Salesforce MVP, administrator and consultant. He’s running a project to create a ecommerce site for a client. He’s smiling because he know his data is safe, happy and secure inside salesforce. He can create, update and delete records and knows that they will be reflected on the site in a couple of minutes. He can write any Apex code, workflow, validation rules or whatever he needs in salesforce to control and enhance the necessary business processes for the application. As a bonus, he’s able to staff the project easier as he has a much larger pool of developers since he’s using HC.
  • Creates the table for you!