Category: Salesforce DX

Kitchener Canada Developer Group Event: Introduction to DevOps with Salesforce DX by René Winklmayer

Special thanks to our speaker, René Winklmayer, for the session on Introduction to DevOps with Salesforce DX.Here comes the presentation and recording.Presentation: Kitchener Salesforce Developer Group Event – Introduction to dev ops with SalesforceDx from Sudipta Deb ☁ Recording: Please register to Kitchener, Canada Developer Group for all our future...

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SalesforceDX : Explaining Scratch Org Definition File

Scratch Org definition file is getting used to create the shape of your scratch org. I would say it is the blueprint of your scratch org. You can use this definition file to create multiple scratch org from your repository.Scratch org definitions come from JSON text files that are stored in your project’s repository and directory structure. When an SFDX project is first created, it comes with a config/project-scratch-def.json file that defines an extremely basic org “shape” for an empty scratch org.That default scratch org likely looks nothing like your production org. You can use it for developing functionality that isn’t dependent on your org’s settings, or you can customize it using the settings that are available as part of the configuration file, or you can script your process to perform Metadata API deploys or other API actions to control settings that DX does not support yet.Ideally, the combination of your DX source code (including all your programmatic and declarative customization) with your scratch org definition gets you close enough to Prod instance.This definition file contains three main important information about your scratch org.Which Edition? As of Winter’19, it supports Developer, Enterprise, Group or ProfessionalAdd-on features: Functionalities you want to include while creating the scratch org like communities, StateAndCountryPicklist, LiveAgent etc.Settings: Org and Feature settings used to configure Salesforce products, such as nameSettings, ideaSettings, caseSettings, omniChannelSettings.Let’s dig into a Scratch Org definition...

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Getting Started with Salesforce DX

What is Salesforce DX?Salesforce DX is a way to shift your development lifecycle and to manage your source of truth. But don’t consider Salesforce DX is going to do any magic, as a developer/release manager/lead you need to come up with your own strategy to manage your releases, other challenges like code conflict, urgent fix etc.Why we need Salesforce DX?I think the best way to answer this is with some real time scenarios.Recently I was working with one of my customer who was having multiple sandboxes like DEV, SIT, QAT, UAT. A typical scenario. Now every time there was any kind of production issues, development team tried to find out the root cause and also tried to find out if the issue was due to some of the recent releases. But since all sandboxes were having the same code as Production, there was no way to find out previous code base. So in this situation normally developer request for a new sandbox with production code and fix the issue. This type of development is known as “Org Based Development”.But consider if the code was present in some source control repository then developer can easily get the previous code base, compare code between recent releases (basically comparing between master and branches). But does that really solve our problem? Somehow, but not fully. So basically we need to create an org...

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