Teach Me Salesforce

A community approach to learning salesforce.com

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Genius Idea!Wes Nolte and I recently wrote the Salesforce Handbook. The book is doing well and people seem to really like it. However, it’s still a printed book with static content that must be updated to stay relevant (#fail). During the writing process Wes and I talked about a living, breathing version of the book to continue to teach, demonstrate best practices and provide sample code and configuration tips. However, we have families to feed and writing isn’t that profitable, let alone blogging.

I was flying home for San Francisco last week and was browsing the salesforce.com message boards (i.e., I have no life). There are still a ton of people asking basic questions like, “how do I test a trigger” or “how do I set a default value in my Visualforce page” or “why is this validation rule doing this ….”. Some of these questions have already been answered but they are scattered around a number of community blogs. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a centralized location to teach people salesforce.com? [insert magic light bulb ding sound]

So during my red-eye-flight-stupor, I decided to start this blog to help people learn saleforce.com. I’m inviting everyone in the salesforce.com community to contribute. If you have a workflow tip, some sample Apex code or an explanation on territority management that you’d like to share, I’ll add you as a contributor and you can post it. Perhaps you saw a great recipe on the Force.com Cookbook site. Post a link to it. You found a great Ruby book on Amazon.com. Post a link to it. A cool demo on YouTube. Post a link to it. Get the idea?

Can you post content that already exist on your blog? Not a problem as long as the goal is to educate the salesforce.com masses. Feel free to cross-post away! The more the merrier. I’ve put together a few simple guidelines to help us focus and provide value.

If you would like to contribute, simply send me an email at jeff[at]jeffdouglas(dot)com with your wordpress.com email address and I’ll add you. If you don’t already have a wordpress.com account you must create one first.

My hope is that people will be interested in this site and not only read it but provide content. We’ll see. Let the crowdsourcing learning experiment begin!

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Written by Jeff Douglas

April 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm

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  1. Hi I would love to contribute on teachmesalesforce. I have posted some recipes on cookbook also and like to share here also.

    You can also have a look over my blog from where I will plunder some ideas for teachmesalesforce : http://forceguru.blogspot.com/

    I am certified salesforce developer and a trusted contributor on community.

    forceguru

    May 28, 2011 at 10:53 am

    • If you want to be a contributor, you will need to send an email to jeff@jeffdouglas.com with your wordpress.com email address.

      Chris O Davies

      May 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm


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