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Salesforce Handbook Now Available for Kindle

13 Jul

The Kindle version of the Salesforce Handbook is now available! It took us a couple of attempts to get it done properly but we did it.

It’s available at Amazon and Amazon UK for your viewing pleasure.



And we’re published!

23 Dec

After what seems like months of epic battles with the publishers we have been triumphant! The Salesforce Handbook is now available on 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!

Buy the Salesforce Handbook!

Salesforce Handbook Review – Ron Hess

16 Nov

In addition to Quinton Wall, Ron Hess (Developer Evangelist, 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 platform, we were grateful for his time and quote.

“The Handbook provides a broad, high-level view of the platform with all of the information you need to get started. It’s a definite asset to any new administrator or developer.”


What formats should we publish in?

15 Nov

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!

Salesforce Handbook Review – Quinton Wall

12 Nov

When Wes and I were wrapping up the Handbook we knew that we wanted to get some level of support from 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 community is the best resource for anyone wishing to learn more about the 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!”

Free Copies of the Salesforce Handbook at DF10

11 Nov

Wes and I have been working with and Appirio to give away some free copies of our Handbook at Dreamforce. We’ll be doing it in conjunction with our sessions, the Zone and a yet to be announced awesome, fun “certification exam”.

More info to come as Dreamforce approaches.

Provide Content Review & Receive a Free Copy

27 Sep

Wes Nolte and I have been hard at work on the book, really burning the midnight oil. We have a rough-cut of all chapters and Wes has even designed a nifty-looking cover. Our goal is to have the book wrapped up within the next 4-6 weeks, just in time for Dreamforce 10.

We are looking to send out a rough draft of the book to 3-5 people to review to see if we missed anything or should elaborate on certain topics. This is not a line by line, “you missed a comma here” type of review. Just a high level content review. In return we’ll provide you with a free electronic copy of the book complete with both pictures and actual words <g>. We’d like to send the book out later this week and have it returned by next Thursday (Oct 7th) with your comments.

If you can have your comments returned to us by then please a comment with your info below and we’ll add the first 5 people that signup.


Salesforce Handbook v0.1

3 Aug

We’ve been writing up a storm between Jeff and I and are targeting the end of this month for the end of our first draft. Don’t get too excited just yet (a little excitement is certainly allowed though) as after all this furious writing will (undoubtebly) come a lot of furious editing. Timelines put us at the publishers mid-Octoberish and then you’ll be able to get the Salesforce Handbook hot off the presses.

To whet your appetite here’s an excerpt from one of the draft chapters:

The Right Tool for the Right Job

Now that you’re equipped with an overview of how your cloud-based development network might be organized it is important that you learn:

  • Which developer tools exist
  • When it is appropriate to use specific tools
  • How to use these tools

In this section I will discuss everything you need to create, test and deploy your code whilst being mindful of the above points. I will also touch on desktop applications or areas of that you’ll need when analyzing and monitoring your code, as well as the various support options available to you.

Certain tools overlap several development tasks, and some development tasks overlap each other. It’s for this reason that the first two points are so important when discussing development toolsets.

Developing Applications on the Platform

Creating code in any modern language is usually done through an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that offers a number of advantages over coding through a text-editor or something equally archaic. By the end of this section you’ll know which IDEs offers and when to use each of them. App Builder Tools

Salesforce has created one of the best browser-based IDEs in the world and it delivers most, if not all, of the core functionality you’d expect from a desktop-based equivalent. There are two ways to access the IDE, each of which presents a slightly different experience.

The first way involves clicking Setup > Develop as a logged in user. From there you have access to each area of development, namely:

  • Apex Classes
  • Apex Triggers
  • Components
  • Pages
  • S-Controls

Don’t forget to submit your favourite AppExchange Apps for a chance for them to appear the book. Ciao for now!

Community Blogs about and the platform

15 Jun

A number of Salesforce and community members find it fulfilling to share their experiences and neat tricks with us via the blogosphere. Some of you may not be aware of all the excellent blogs out there so I’d like to post a list of the few that I frequent. In no particular order:

I’d suggest bookmarking them all as each has it’s own pearls of wisdom no matter what area of Salesforce and the platform you work with. If you have any other contributions please post them in the comments.

Communication is Key

13 May

More than a few people have asked “How will I know when the book is published?” and since the internet is all about communication, we thought we’d broadcast announcements through some of our favourite channels:

  • Google Buzz (

If there are any other channels that you frequent and would like us to include, let us know and we’ll try to accommodate you.