This year’s Dreamforce was bigger and better than ever!
With no hesitation I will tell you that it was the best Dreamforce of all time!
I met a lot of SFDC99 readers! You sincerely shocked, touched, and inspired me with your heartfelt stories of how you became a developer in your own special way. Some became full-time developers, some started their own practices, and some were still on their way, taking it one step at a time.
I was so happy to meet many of the most active commenters on this site! But what surprised me most was how many people I’ve met who have never commented before – some of your stories were absolutely incredible! I’d tell you to write a comment just once to make a teacher happy, but, I’m a lurker too so I know the feeling. Reaching your dreams is enough for me =)
Thank you everyone who stopped me to say hi, and I sincerely thank you for all your heartfelt words!
Now without further ado…
Best Moment of Dreamforce
After one of my sessions, a lady came up to me and thanked me for inspiring her to believe that she too could achieve her dreams and become a coder. Tears came out of her eyes as she spoke, and I couldn’t help but get teary too. Sometimes I cry too when I think about the people who helped me along my own personal journey. We hugged and went our separate ways. I will never forget this moment for the rest of my life. I hope one day you achieve your dreams and become fortunate enough to help others achieve theirs too.
Funniest Moment of Dreamforce
Standing in one of my session lines, asking attendees if it would be worth going to! #trolling
Most Important Lesson Learned
Printing out 20 SFDC99 t-shirts is NOT enough! Very sorry to everyone desperately wanting an SFDC99 shirt that I had to turn away! Trust me, I know the feeling, and I hate it!
To those who were able to get their hands on a limited edition SFDC99 t-shirt, congratulations, you worked hard for it! This was a one-time batch and those t-shirts will never be printed again!
The good news is I have a killer idea for a t-shirt next batch and I’m going to be printing a lot more!
Total Free T-Shirt Summary
That’s right folks, 52 free t-shirts received this year and a new personal record! The things I did for some of these t-shirts I will take to my grave. Coming soon: I review the top 5 shirts of Dreamforce!
Most Exciting New Point-and-Click Feature
Visual Flows are getting scary powerful! A lot of the things you once needed a trigger to write are now 100% possible with point-and-click! Even some of the earlier SFDC99 tutorials are now possible without any code at all.
So what does this mean for those of you learning to code? I found the Salesforce employee who invented Visual Flows and asked him the exact same question this week. “The lines separating admins and developers are shifting, but there will always be a need for code. Code if you want open up Salesforce 100%. Visual Flows will one day take you 70% there.” I completely agree.
Most Exciting New Coding Feature
Salesforce1 Lightning is a brand new Salesforce UI that’s quicker, more responsive, gorgeous, and flexible. Imagine having the power to quickly code up beautiful, Salesforce1 styled UIs that can be written once and used anywhere in Salesforce, whether you’re viewing it from a desktop, tablet, or mobile phone. It automatically optimizes depending on your viewing screen!
The biggest knock I had against Salesforce was that the desktop UI looked outdated. Now with Lightning, Salesforce is back on top of the UI/UX world!
Major SFDC99 Announcement!
Beginning immediately, all Visualforce lessons are irrevocably cancelled. Lightning is the new UI language of Salesforce, and although Visualforce will still be supported, I have no interest teaching or coding in an outdated technology that will one day be replaced.
As a new developer, one of your biggest advantages is that you can learn the newest technologies without any of the mental baggage that comes with mastering older languages. Every few years, the industry reinvents itself and opens a door for a new wave of people to establish themselves in the latest technology. This is one of those moments. This is your moment.
Starting from now I will no longer personally code in Visualforce. Please bear with me as I ramp up on Lightning – I’ll have tutorials up for you on it soon!
Saddest Moment of Dreamforce
The end, of course! Dreamforce 2015 please come soon =(
This is the same feeling I still have every year the day after Christmas!