Dreamforce 2013 (DF13 ) Recap

Some of you might know that I co-lead Twin Cities Salesforce Developer User Group. In one of our sessions, we recap the experience of attending Dreamforce 2013 (DF13). I would like to share some of the significant learning from the session that will help all the developers, admins, and business users.salesforce_admin_app_logosalesforce1_logo

Summary of the Dreamforce 2013

The theme of the conference: “Internet of Things”

  • 120,000+ attendees
  • $100 million economic benefit to San Francisco
  • 27 Live DJs performing
  • 5,000 gallons of coffee served
  • 2,700 kits for homeless children packed
  • $2,090,000* won via 1st ever SFDC hackathon (see all the apps developed here: Submissions | Salesforce $1 Million Hackathon)
  • Largest developer zone ever (3x larger!)

Major Announcements & Features


  • New mobile platform:  Salesforce1
  • Entirely new platform
    • Visualforce
    • Objects / tabs
  • Admin platform:  “SalesforceA
  • Force.com CLI
    • Command line APEX scripting
    • http://bit.ly/JHHIQE

Cool Sessions

  • All Sessions available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/dreamforce/videos
  • Getting started with Apex for Admins
    • Exercises!  (Find attached DF13Files.zip)
  • Visual Workflow
    • Headless Flows – Spring Pilot
  • “API First”
  • Dynamic vs. Static Limits (“flexible limits”)
    • Based on pod load instead of stated limits
  • CustomanalyticsusingSOQL cubes
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZYMNZNiNsg
  • Canvas
    • Using Heroku
    • Two-way communications
  • TTTC – “True to the Core”
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4RM37DVqGQ&fromEmail=1

Developer Resources

  • developer.force.com
  • Salesforce community boards
  • Salesforce Success Community
  • salesforce.stackexchange.com
  • #askForce on Twitter
  • #salesforce on IRC (freenode.net)
  • YOUR PEERS!  ?

Source Control Tools for Salesforce.com

Attached Documents

  • DF13 Files.zip => H.O.T.S. (Hands On Training Sessions) Guide from DF13
  • DF13_YouTubeLinks.xlsx => The compiled list of DF13 sessions


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