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Sneak Peek: Lightning Web Components

With latest announcement of Lightning Web Components, Salesforce development ecosystem (Lightning Platform) moves one step closer to using web standards of UI development. It is definitely quite welcome move, as it helps in learning and utilizing skills which are not confined to Salesforce ecosystem.

You must read this official Salesforce blog post to get more background details on why and what of lightning web components.

Background User interface development has evolved drastically in past decade. With introduction of AngujarJS (2010), javascript based front end development became more modularized and then with React (2015) it became much faster, lightweight and component driven. So, front end layer is no longer confined to lightweight ui and graphics. Instead, with Single Page Applications (SPA), you can have pretty much an entire application running on browser (serverless).
Web Components "Web Components is a suite of different technologies allowing you to create reusab…

Lightning: Generate PDF within Lightning Experience with Salesforce Data

Some time back I posted a solution to generate PDF from Lightning components using in-memory data.
Post url:http://www.vermanshul.com/2017/07/lightning-generate-pdf-from-lightning.html

It was developed for a specific scenario, wherein we need to generate PDF where:
User interface is Salesforce classicInitiated via Lightning ComponentData doesn't exist within Salesforce and is completely in-memory As complex and tricky this situation was, we did end up finding a stable and equally tricky solution.

However, I realize that there are still lack of solutions (or maybe my search skills are downgrading) to generate and automatically download PDF document from Lightning Experience, without using any lightning components, wherein data exists within Salesforce. You can use the earlier solution in that case, but it will be an overkill.

There are various solutions available to generate PDF from javascript. But, I still think the plain old method of converting HTML to PDF (via visualforce PDF g…

SFDX Utility - Easy to use Command Line Wizard

As you would already know, SFDX is Salesforce utility for improved build management and development activities. It is definitely a big leap in terms of bringing Salesforce development practices in line with common delivery and development processes.

However, I believe non-admins, new developers and most of folks who love browser based development will be puzzled, as they now have to move to a not-so-good-looking command line screen to run their commands. Not to mention, they need to remember these commands and all their options.

Who is it for? This utility (currently) caters to teams/ developers who are yet not using scratch org for their development. I consider you are familiar with managing package.xml to ensure you have your build manifest ready.
What is the need?
Eases pain of entering common development commands (retrieve, deploy, build)With one time config, you'll be sure you are not messing up with instancesEnsure you or your team follows same process

What does it do?Retrie…