My Salesforce Journey – Day 5

You need to have a beginner’s mind to create bold innovation
–  Marc Benioff

This post will kick off the real journey to prepare for the Salesforce Platform Developer I exam. I believe learning fundamentals is the key to get mastery in any subject. The stronger the fundamentals are the better the benefits one can provide in his/her profession.
Salesforce Fundamentals: 7%

Let’s do deep dive into the next item in the Salesforce fundamentals for the Developer I exam in my next post.

  • Understand design frameworks, such as MVC architecture and Aura Framework, and build applications using both declarative and programmatic tools.

My Salesforce Journey – Day 4

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication – Leonardo da Vinci

Software as a Service is one of the best things among the other information technology-related developments in the modern software licensing and delivery industry. Salesforce has been the front runner in the SaaS-based CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software providers space.What is SaaS? Salesforce is a cloud-based SaaS software company. It will be interesting to understand how it is built and how its cloud and multitenant architecture help run some of the world’s biggest companies today.

Salesforce Platform Architecture

Key terms and facts to remember:

Salesforce Architecture Layers

My Salesforce Journey – Day 3

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving — Albert Einstein

As we have seen on Day 2, that Salesforce provides free access to learn and practice Salesforce technology to become a Salesforce professional.

Salesforce Developer Org

If you haven’t already created, go ahead and create a Salesforce developer account for yourself at no cost here. (use your email or email format username while creating your developer account).

https://developer.salesforce.com/signup

If you already have a developer account then log in here: http://login.salesforce.com

Salesforce-Trailhead-Learning

Salesforce Learning Platform: Trailhead

Access to Trailhead: https://trailhead.salesforce.com

Use your developer account or trailhead account to log in. You might have seen a trail mix recommendation on the Salesforce Platform Developer 1 Guide to prepare for the exam.

Trail mix:  Prepare for Your Salesforce Platform Developer I Credential

This is an excellent trailhead path to follow through based on the Platform Developer I Exam requirements as listed below. There will be a total of 60 questions given in the Developer I exam and getting a minimum of 65% score is what you would be focusing on to pass the exam.





While you are going through the trailhead exercises, you will be given an opportunity to test your skills in a salesforce system called Trailhead playground. It is like a sandbox with all the features with a limited number of accounts to use the system to practice what you are going to learn.

In my next post, I will be going through Salesforce Platform Basics and do a quick run-through on the important topics that are required for any Salesforce Developer.

Salesforce used to call its platform Salesforce Classic.  Since the introduction of a new and better platform called Salesforce Lightning Experience, most of the Classic customers moved on to the new experience.

Interested to know the differences between Salesforce Classic and Salesforce Lightning Experience? Click Here to learn more.

My Salesforce Journey – Day 2

Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Angela Duckworth

It is day 2, in my journey to get certified as “Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I.” To achieve something big and worthwhile, one needs to prepare and know the terrain to travel. If you ever went on a hiking trail to see the beauty of nature in the wild, you know what kind of thrill you get throughout the adventurous travel in the forest. While enjoying the views, you get good exercise and a wonderful experience to carry on for days and months. The end goal of hiking on the trail is not to reach the destination; it is about your experience while hiking.

Salesforce offers a wonderful training platform to teach their prospective Salesforce professionals and professionals who need upskilling to move up in the workforce ecosystem. All you need to know is where you would like to go and then choose a path that best suits your needs.

Register here to get started on learning for free.

Salesforce Trailhead: https://trailhead.salesforce.com/

By joining  Trailhead, you will be able to learn in-demand skills, earn credentials (badges and recognitions), and, most importantly, engage in a wonderful salesforce community to see and connect to opportunities.

I tried, and it is so flexible and fun to have the Trailhead app on your iPhone or iPad to learn Salesforce skills.

The next step is an easy one to signup and then complete the Trailhead Basics module. This module will help you to fully understand what you can do in Trailhead and how to fully utilize the content to get ready for your journey to learn Salesforce.

Trailhead Basics Module

Let’s look at what skills Salesforce will look for to certify you as a Platform Developer I

About the Exam

  • Content: 60 multiple-choice/multiple-select questions and 5 non-scored questions
  • Time allotted to complete the exam: 105 minutes
  • Passing score: 65%
  • Registration fee: USD 200, plus applicable taxes as required per local law
    Retake fee: USD 100, plus applicable taxes as required per local law
  • Delivery options: Proctored exam delivered onsite at a testing center or in an online proctored environment. Click here for information on scheduling an exam.
  • References: No hard-copy or online materials may be referenced during the exam.
  • Prerequisite: None; course attendance highly recommended

My Salesforce Journey – Day 1

salesforce developerWhat makes our life more interesting and challenging is worth pursuing. I realized certifications are not going to get my dream job, after achieving a bunch of admin certifications in AWS and Salesforce. As the saying goes success is not a destination but a journey, so I decided to continue my learning journey to become an all-around expert in Salesforce technology. What lies in the future of the high-tech world is presently unknown but getting ready to make a big stride is something we all can do. Salesforce is the front runner in a cloud-based Software as a service provider in the world. SaaS is not anymore a new tech for customers. It is now a mainstream service offering provided by many companies. What will be new is how the future of data management and processing is going to be intelligently provisioned, managed with high scalability. So the ultimate goal for any SaaS-based company is to make sure they build layers of authentic management and provisioning tools for a better user experience.

To do all of this we need a  new generation of programmers who are good at envisioning Artificial intelligence needs and design architectures that connect with devices, end-users, and automated processes working in a unison.

Salesforce provides a wonderful platform (force.com)for developers to design and develop applications for various types of industries with a deep AI technology integration. I believe whatever we see now in SaaS is just the tip of the iceberg in the sense of what is needed to manage the data explosion that is happening right now. With the COVID Pandemic created situation, the whole world is living their lives in the digital world round the clock and each human interaction creates a data point to store somewhere.

I am preparing for Salesforce Platform Developer Certifications and I think it is going to take at least six weeks to be fully ready to get my first Salesforce Platform Developer 1 Certification.

The best way to get started in the Salesforce learning journey is to use the TRAILHEAD Learning Management system offered free by Salesforce. I haven’t seen any technology company in the present world providing such wonderful gamified learning support to its present and future professionals.

RESOURCES

1. Trailhead link: https://trailhead.salesforce.com/credentials/platformdeveloperi
2. Exam Guide: https://trailhead.salesforce.com/help?article=Salesforce-Certified-Platform-Developer-I-Exam-Guide
3. SFDC Developers Blog: https://developer.salesforce.com/blogs/

I will be posting my exam preparatory notes and other related commentary and parallel interesting learning topics going forward. I would like to make this blogging experience a career-enhancing effort and hopefully will give someone out there get motivated to get into a track of doing something innovative and become a better IT professional.

Salesforce – Is it right for your IT career

Hello there,

Are you looking for a new career in your IT professional journey?
Have you worked as a Documentum Professional for more than 10 years as a developer/architect and now in search of your next big thing?
If you would like to start small and show your innovative inner self to the world?
Look no further and take a leap of faith and jump into Salesforce and become a Salesforce professional.

There are unlimited possibilities in this profession and you design how you want to proceed.
In the world of paying hundreds and thousands of dollars to train resources on new technologies, Salesforce has set a new benchmark to literate freely on a highly reliable career starting platform in the form of Trailblazer learning community.

It is not a revolution but an evolution in how can you build your own career with the right guidance and constant feedback.

Choose the right technology…and a wise decision always important to end up in the right future…

Check out this page and section regularly if you are looking for more information on Salesforce technologies and starting a new journey in Salesforce.

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