Category Archives: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week – Dell Boomi Connector Design

Looking at developing a Dell Boomi Connector?  here’s our tips to get you started:

  1. Understand what type of Web Services API the app is using. For example: REST or SOAP, etc. What about the supported document format? XML or JSON?
  2. Most applications have an authentication layer. Some authenticate using BasicAuth, some  use an API Key in the HTTP Request Header, some use OATH. This information should ideally be captured in the Connector Connection. It is highly recommended to encode any password related field for security best practice.
  3. Decide the supported operations. Does the API support QUERY? UPDATE? CREATE?
  4. The browser and schema generation. A Boomi Connector is capable of generating the schema each operation supports. Some applications provide a metadata API that you can connect to and describe the schema on the fly. Some  use a fixed schema.
  5. The final step is to design the Operation. When your Connector receives a response from the API, how do you want to process it? Serve it raw as is or does it need any further manipulation. Error handling should also be considered here.

Tip of the Week: Studying for Salesforce Exams

I have recently taken and passed the App Builder Certification, and wanted to share some of my experiences and some tips to help you achieve success.

As part of the WDCi group, most of our developers recommended that I start with App builder certification, as it gives a good basic knowledge of Salesforce and a solid foundation for your future learning and growth as a developer.  As an added bonus, it’s a Certification which will help your company and yourself, be recognised by the Salesforce community worldwide.

Where to begin?

A comprehensive study guide can be downloaded from here . It will give you guidance on how to start preparing for the exam.

What did I do to Prepare?

Firstly having a supportive manager and senior technical consultants available who are understanding of your training needs is a real bonus.

While looking through the study guide, it was outlined the topics I needed to be prepared for. My personal methodology for preparing was to look at the weightings and decide my plan of attack for the topics that I knew I needed to study harder for.

Below is an example of the current format of App builder exam and the areas of most weighting


  • Do’s and Don’ts / Tips and Tricks
    • Do use trailhead to prepare and provide background information.
    • Do use Salesforce Documentation to deepen your understanding of key concepts.
    • Do use practice tests from a reliable source.
    • Do use the “reviewing” option during the exam with difficult questions. I found this method made it easier to zip through easy questions and use any extra time at the end of the exam for the harder questions.
    • Do allow yourself every opportunity to pass – Study hard and remain calm.
    • Don’t attempt the exam without study – Allow up to 4-8 weeks of preparation before sitting an exam.
    • Don’t rush – Remember to stay calm and carefully read through each and every question.

Wishing you all, best of luck with your exam.

Tip of the Week – the Salesforce ID in Lightning or Classic view

Here’s our tip of the week for recognising the Salesforce ID in both Lightning Experience and Classic views.

You probably already know you can determine the ID of a record based on the URL when in Classic (a very cool trick when you want to navigate quickly). This is what a typical URL looks like in classic view (the bolded part is the ID):

https://ap1.salesforce.com/00190000014XXXX

For those who have just switched to Lightning view (Winter18) here’s how you can use the same technique in Lightning.  You may have noticed that the URL looks a bit different in our new Lightning view (vs Classic) –  if you look at the example below you can see the ID is still embedded between the final two “/”:

https://ap1.lightning.force.com/one/one.app#/sObject/
00190000014ZkRXXXX/view