Wes and I are attending Dreamforce this week in San Francisco and are giving away free copies of our book throughout the event. Keep your eyes open on Twitter and this blog for more info on where and how you can score a free copy.
Here’s your first chance to get a free copy. Attend my Lightning Forum session, “How to Crowdsource Cloud Development”, at 1:30 in the Dev Zone. Be the first person after the session to ask me a CloudSpokes question and somehow work Wes Nolte’s birth country into the question.
Ladies, gentlemen, others. Thanks for your endless patience, our technical difficulties have been resolved and we’re back online! It’s still only up at Lulu.com for now but we’ll be sure to let you know when it’s available at Amazon and Google Books.
Some more good news is that – due to demand – there will be an official Kindle version available really soon.
There’s been a small hiccup with Lulu.com and they’ve just informed us that they need to take our listing down for a day or two. We apologise to the ends of the Earth for this, but if you check back early next week we should be raring to go once again!
After what seems like months of epic battles with the publishers we have been triumphant! The Salesforce Handbook is now available on Lulu.com and will be pushed to retailers such as Amazon and Google Books in the next few weeks.
On the site you’ll find both a paperback and electronic copy of the book and we’ve set the pricing such that we’re never likely to break even – but hey, a handshake and a kind word are good enough for those of our ilk.
Once again we’d like to thank all the reviewers, domain-experts and friends who’ve helped us along the journey that is writing a book. It was a massive learning experience and Jeff and I are better men for it. Merry Christmas, and hope you enjoy the book!
In addition to Quinton Wall, Ron Hess (Developer Evangelist, salesforce.com) provided a lot of feedback for the Handbook and we really appreciate his contributions! We sent Ron the manuscript and he provided extremely valuable feedback, corrections and suggestions. I even spoke with Ron on the phone a couple of times to discuss the Handbook in more detail. Given the significant impact that Ron has made on the Force.com platform, we were grateful for his time and quote.
“The Handbook provides a broad, high-level view of the Force.com platform with all of the information you need to get started. It’s a definite asset to any new administrator or developer.”
We’re well on our way to publishing the Salesforce Handbook in the traditional, hardcopy (read old-skool) format but were wondering how much interest there might be in other formats. Here’s your chance to let us know!
When Wes and I were wrapping up the Handbook we knew that we wanted to get some level of support from salesforce.com. We were hoping someone might review the book for us and possibly provide us with some sort of quote for credibility. We were hoping the Developer Evangelism team would help out since we have a good relationship with most of them. We would have loved to have reviews and quotes from all of them (actually everyone on the team has helped out in some manner but VMforce and DF10 are coming up fast) but our first thought was to reach out to Quinton Wall and Ron Hess given their backgrounds.
Quinton was the first person that we asked to review our book and boy did he come through! Quinton read the book over the weekend and had a large number of comments for us Monday morning. We really appreciate his input and the following quote he provided.
”The developer.force.com community is the best resource for anyone wishing to learn more about the Force.com platform. Jeff Douglas and Wes Nolte, are two of the communities most active and respected members. The Salesforce Handbook is as close as you can get to bottling the combined experience of Jeff and Wes into a book designed to get new developers building apps in no time. They just made my job so much easier!”
Wes and I have been working with salesforce.com and Appirio to give away some free copies of our Handbook at Dreamforce. We’ll be doing it in conjunction with our sessions, the Force.com Zone and a yet to be announced awesome, fun “certification exam”.
We are writing this book to (hopefully) become an invaluable resource for anyone new or inexperienced with the Force.com platform. This book is not intended to be a deep-dive on programming, reporting, configuration, etc. but to be a high-level overview on Salesforce, Force.com development, tools, methodology and other resources.