DevTalks: Working with Evolving Platforms and Leveraging Custom Metadata
On Wednesday, May 11 I’m excited to introduce our 2 presentations for the San Francisco DevTalks Meetup covering lessons learned in dealing with evolving platforms and a new feature allowing developers to leverage Custom Metadata.
The Salesforce platform is growing up – into a true software development platform. Once it was possible to have a thorough knowledge of the platform – it’s classes, features and APIs. Nowadays we are continuously learning new corners of the platform.
Dan Appleton, Chief Technology Officer at Full Circle Insights, will discuss the challenges of evolving platforms and the unspoken fear of falling behind. In his session, we’ll examine the consequences of growth and change, and strategies that are used by developers on other mature platforms to deal with these challenges.
Salesforce’s Aaron Slettehaugh and Avrom Roy-Faderman will discuss the new platform feature that allows developers to define their own types of metadata. Custom metadata types open a new layer of the platform, giving you tools to build much more powerful, customizable, and configurable apps; to extend Force.com with new platform features; and even build your very own platform.
Avrom Roy-Faderman is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff for the Salesforce App Cloud. He is the inventor and lead developer of Custom Metadata Types and technical advisor to several other teams. He was previously the lead developer for Salesforce’s customizable database schema and also worked on VisualForce. Avrom co-authored three books on writing Java EE applications.
Aaron Slettehaugh is a Director of Product Management for the Salesforce App Cloud, where he partnered with Avrom to bring Custom Metadata Types to life. He continues to manage that product and the customizable database schema. He also leads ISV engagement for platform services.
Dan Appleman brings almost a decade of experience on the Salesforce platform to his role as Chief Technology Officer at Full Circle Insights. He is a Salesforce MVP and a regular speaker at the annual Dreamforce conference. He is also the author of the book “Advanced Apex Programming for Salesforce.com and Force.com”, and several Pluralsight courses relating to the Salesforce platform as well as other technology and career topics.