Trailhead: Salesforce’s best idea to secure its future

Contrary to popular wisdom that business leaders drive adoption of any given technology, it is really the developers that hold the fate of a technology.

Hardware is cheap, storage is basically free, computing power is a no brainer, but a talented developer is still very hard to find and even harder to keep around. Developers thrive in technologies they love. Many from the business world never understood open source software. They are still often puzzled at why anyone would spend time doing their job for free! But they don’t really get developers. Developers are a tribal lot. And they love challenges and beautiful code. Give them a techy, geeky challenge and a great community and developers flock to the scene.

Let’s be honest about Salesforce. For the most part, Salesforce has been entirely off the radar for the vast majority of developers. Java, Ruby, Python, Angular and Node, Big Data with Hadoop, RESTful APIs… these are techy and hot. CRM… not so much… at least until now.

The combination of Salesforce’s recent unveiling of Lightning and their attractive and incredibly useful Trailhead, filled with content may turn the tide. Trailhead makes it soooo easy to get into Salesforce admin and development. Everything you need is laid out. And you can publish your progress so potential hiring managers can see what you’ve accomplished. It is right next door to the forums, so it is possible that Salesforce is headed towards an influx of developers.

More developers will create more demand. I foreseeĀ companies will beginĀ using Salesforce as opposed to custom baked Java applications, and save a ton of money and time.

If you haven’t signed up for trailhead and done at least one module, get to it!

And check out Chris Duarte who’s the lead of Trailhead.

Chris Fellows
posted on 12/14/2017

Say Goodbye to DEV401

Salesforce quietly updated their page for the DEV401 certification to announce that after September 14th, they will no longer be offering the DEV401 test. Instead they will be replacing the DEV401 and DEV501 with the Platform Developer I and Platform Developer II certifications. Interestingly the Platform Developer I does have basic coding as part of the test including SOQL queries. DEV401 was always unique for a developer test in that it required no actual coding. Perhaps this move is in line with encouraging developers to have a stronger set of programming skills and to differentiate administrators from developers.


In either case, if you want to be DEV401 certified, better jump on it!

Chris Fellows
posted on 12/14/2017