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Differences between the Import Wizard and the Apex Data Loader

Salesforce CRM provides two tools for data migration—the Import Wizard and the Apex Data Loader.

The Import Wizard

is designed for less-technical users and smaller, simple imports of up to 50,000 records. It takes you through the process step by step and displays error messages to alert you to potential record duplications (“dupes”). For more information, go to Help & Training | Importing Data | Using the Import Wizards.

Use the Apex Data Loader

for complex imports of any size. It’s for technical users only. You’ll need access to the API to use this tool, which is included with Enterprise and Unlimited Edition. If you have another edition, you can purchase the API separately by contacting your account executive. The Data Loader doesn’t display error messages to alert you to potential problems. However, this tool includes several features that help make large data imports easier, such as being able to save your mappings. For more information, go to Help & Training | Data Loader.

The table below summarizes the difference between the two tools. The instructions in the remaining steps refer to the Import Wizard.

Page Break, Page number and Page layout Styles in Visualforce PDF Templates

1. Page Break
While generating PDF template from Visualforce, if you want to give the page break ,below code snippet is very useful.
You can use the page break style properties to control where the browser will insert a page break. The PDF content converter will carry that over to the PDF.

<apex:page renderas="pdf">
<div style="page-break-after:always;">
This is page one

2. Page layout and Page number
The following snippet shows you have to switch the PDF page layout to landscape and add page numbers to your Visualforce page. Use the below code in CSS of Visualforce page.

@page {
/* Landscape orientation */

/* Put page numbers in the top right corner of each page in the pdf document. */
content: “Page ” counter(page);

Source : Kyle Roche / Pragya Kumari

Messaging.SingleEmailMessage array and sendEmail limits

Problem Statement
The Apex Developers Guide says there is a maximum of 10 sendEmail methods per transaction (page 310). Is this counted by individual message sent, or by line of code executed? Example: What if you have 11 messages in a Messaging.SingleEmailMessage array and call the sendEmail method once using this array? (Each message in the array has slightly different content, which is why I’m not using mass email.)

Solution (Ack : Anand)
The limit is on the number of times “SendEmail(…)” method is called not the number of SingleEmailMessage int he Array. So theoretically you can send 10 x 1000 emails (assuming you have an array of 1000 SingleEmailMessage for every sendEmail call) . Chatter is Generally Available …

Salesforce Chatter is a new way to collaborate with people in your company, in real time, in a private, completely secure way.

Transcript :

  • This is your homepage. Right away you can see how Chatter brings your business applications to life.The first thing you see is your picture and your latest status update.
  • When you click on your picture, or on the profile tab,you’re brought to your work profile where you can share your skills and background with everyone in your company.
  • In the middle of the page is where you post your status. It’s where you let everyone know what you’re working on.
  • You can also attach links and files to go with your updates whether you’re at a conference looking for new business or just asking your colleagues for advice.
  • People can see your status in real time, and respond immediately with helpful information.
  • Now let’s take a look at the people tab,here you have a private corporate directory that makes it easy to find colleagues and follow them if you want to see their updates.
  • Back on our homepage, you can open your main Chatter Feed. It puts all of your updates right in front of you in one place.
  • You can see updates from the people you’re following,plus you can immediately see when new files have been updated, like this presentation.
  • But Chatter helps you do a lot more than follow people, you can also keep track of everything that’s happening with your applications and specific records that matter to you.
  • Like updates from your deals, your customer cases, and your custom app records like this project. You can even get updates from Non-Salesforce apps like back office finance or HR systems. Here you can see an update to an account you’re following. From your feed you can drill right into the underlying detail.
  • Here we are on the account record. You can see all of the account details, and expand the Chatter feed to see the latest updates. At the top is where you can choose to follow this account.
  • Here you can see who else is following it. And if you created or own this record, you will automatically follow it.You will also automatically follow the people and records you work with most often.
  • With Chatter, every record also has it’s own feed. For example, people from across the company who work on this account can collaborate on it right here. When someone makes a change, or a document is modified, everyone who is following is immediately updated.
  • With Chatter, you can also create groups to collaborate on any team project whether it’s a Sales opportunity, an HR project, a product, or your team.
  • You can create groups in just a couple of clicks. You simply choose whether you want a public or private group,and then invite your colleagues to join. Here’s a group for a consulting project related to this account.
  • Chatter also makes it easy for groups to collaborate on documents. Here’s a project plan that someone just posted to the group. You can preview and comment on it right in the feed.
  • Finally, you can bring Chatter with you on the road. It works with your mobile device, like your iPad, iPhone or Blackberry. No matter where you go, Chatter makes sure you have your realtime updates right at your fingertips.
  • That was a quick look at Chatter. A powerful way to collaborate with people in your company in realtime, in a private, completely secure way. So what are you waiting for? It only takes a minute to get started. Simply create your profile, follow your colleagues, and let people know what you’re working on. Setup Enhancer (Easy Search Setup)

Setup Enhancer for Salesforce is about to make navigating the Setup tree a whole lot easier. It makes your life really easy by searching and showing you only the matched setup options. Full marks to this small yet useful script.

Setup Enhancer for Salesforce is a Greasemonkey script that helps you find just what you’re looking for in Setup with a minimal number of keystrokes. Looking for Account Validation Rules? Don’t hit all those plus signs out there and scroll down endlessly. Type “val” and you’ll have one list of just validation rules. To learn more, check out the video.

All you need to run Setup Enhancer for Salesforce is

This is the Salesforce administrator’s new best friend. If you try it and like it, please leave a five-star review of it at UserScripts and leave some feedback.

Source : CRM FYI App ‘Action Plans’ – Reusable Task Templates

Action Plans is a new, free app for (from the Labs) that in a nutshell puts best practices into reusable “task templates”. Task templates can help you create automatic follow ups when your organization receives new donations and normalize the staff’s task generations on new leads.

Action Plans allow your organization to create multiple tasks (independent and/or dependent) for a lead (or other objects), assign tasks to a specific user, and supports the creation of up to 20 action plans at a time.

VMForce thoughts …

Jesper Joergensen has a good blog post that answers many important questions around VMForce.  To add, Mike @embracingthecloud lists following really good thoughts about VMForce.

The VMForce value proposition:

  • Download Eclipse and SpringSource
  • Signup for a Salesforce Development account and define your data model
  • Write your Java app using objects that serialize to Salesforce
  • Drag and drop your app onto a VMWare hosted service to to deploy

The partnership breaks down as:

  1. VMWare hosts your app
  2. Salesforce hosts your database

The 2 are seamlessly integrated so that Java Developers can effectively manage the persistence layer as a black box in the cloud without worrying about setting up an Oracle or MySql database, writing stored procedures, or managing database performance and I/O. For larger organizations already using Salesforce but developing their custom Java apps, this opens up some new and attractive options.

CIO’s are being bombarded with virtualization as a viable cloud computing solution, so I think Salesforce has wisely taken a step back and taken a position that says

“We do declarative, hosted databases better than anyone else. Go ahead and pursue the virtualization path for your apps and leverage our strength in data management as the back end”

The post ends with two really good questions …

The connection between VMWare and Salesforce is presumably via webservices and not natively hosted in the same datacenter. Does this imply some performance and latency tradeoffs when using VMForce?No. Per the comment from David Schach, the app VM is running in the same datacenter as the DB.

It strikes me as quite simple to develop Customer/Partner portals or eCommerce solutions in Java that skirt the limitations of some Salesforce license models when supporting large named-user/low authentication audiences. Will Salesforce limit the types and numbers of native objects that can be serialized through VMForce

AppExchange 2 – More Apps, More Success : Recorded Webinar

On Tuesday, Salesforce hosted Welcome to AppExchange 2 webinar. The webinar showcased few exciting new features ..

Aloha Apps

The new “All-You-Can-App” category. These apps do not count against the apps, tabs and objects limits provisioned with your edition.

Chatter Exchange

There are now over 30+ solutions that integrate with Salesforce Chatter. See what the buzz is all about!

Updated Search and Reviews

Get to the app you need in clicks and learn exactly what users have to say about it. Just like Amazon, you now can find the feedback you are looking for with ease.

Service Listings

It’s not just about apps anymore. Find services from our large community of systems integration, custom app development and training partners.

For reference, view full webinar recording:

Salesforce Launches a WordPress-to-Lead Plugin

Salesforce is providing users of the popular blogging platform with a time-saving plugin: WordPress-to-lead for Salesforce CRM.

WordPress-to-Lead provides small businesses that use WordPress as their primary web platform a way to add contacts and customers automatically to their Salesforce CRM.

In the past, WordPress users had to copy and paste leads into Salesforce — a messy process to be sure. The new Salesforce WordPress plugin solves that issue by creating contact forms that send information directly to Salesforce.

Many businesses are built on the pillars of WordPress, so we bet that there will be a lot Salesforce customers jumping for joy once they hear the news.

If you want to learn how to get started with the plugin, Salesforce has also created a YouTube video showing the steps:

How to format a date in VisualForce?

Problem Statement
In Salesforce, if I’m binding a date into a VisualForce page, how do I apply custom formatting to it?


<apex :page standardController=”Contact”>
</apex><apex :pageBlock title=”Test”>
<apex :detail relatedList=”false” />

This will output a date in the default format:

Thu Jul 01 09:10:23 GMT 2009

How do I get it (for example) into dd/mm/yyyy format, like this:



<apex :outputText value=”{0,date,MM’/’dd’/’yyyy}”>
<apex :param value=”{!contact.Birthdate}” />


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