Series: Developer's Library
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 3 edition (December 13, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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I am currently providing a requirements spec for several departments that will be using SFDC. Being new to the tool but not the industry, I wanted a concise well written intro to the tool. The book does very well in this regard. My company has premier training from SFDC, and quite frankly, I like the way this book presents things better. It will be well for any reader to already understand relational databases first - a book like Beginning Data Base Design - From Novice to Professional (Clare Churcher) would make a good companion for anyone needing to learn this (or brush up on it). I cannot comment on the book's presentation of coding - as I am not involved in this aspect, and as such haven't spent any time on this. However, I suspect if you want a strong coding book you may want to look elsewhere.
Nothing here that isn't available from Salesforce online. And the platform changes so frequently that the book is out of date by the time it hits the street. (That's true with any tech book, but I think Salesforce's quarterly releases magnify the issue.)
Technology books should be instructive. While this book provides a great deal of instruction it has some big shortcomings . Readers will have a tough time following along because it does little to guide them on where items are. I found the SalesForce YouTube videos a lot more helpful.
Must read for someone wanting to become a Force.com developer. It gave me a solid foundation and allowed me to tackle the documentation provided by Salesforce.