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DF21 Schedule – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #467

Welcome to my Salesforce Tip of the Week #467


Tip 1 – DF21 Schedule


DF21 Schedule

The DF21 schedule is now live. So it’s time to plan what sessions you want to see at Dreamforce this year! Click here for the schedule. As most of us will be watching from home, change to local time zone, and then REALLY plan which sessions you will watch (when you see for the UK, sessions like ‘True to the Core’ finish at 1am).


Tip 2 – Free App

Salesforce Labs Free App

Here is a great free app from Salesforce Labs which allows users to choose different dashboards on Lightning pages. Take a look at Dashboard Pal here.


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Salesforce Labs – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #459

Welcome to my Salesforce Tip of the Week #459


Tip 1 – Salesforce Labs Day

Salesforce Labs

Next Thursday 20th July is ‘Salesforce Labs Day’, and you know I love free Apps! There are six sessions, over two hours, in two different time zones. I can safely say you will find out about at least one free App that you will end up using in your Org. Plus there are tonnes of prizes, so register here now.


Tip 2 – Where is this used?

Thanks to our Senior Developer Rhiannon for this!

Sometimes as developers we need to know where certain fields are used across the platform before we can make changes to them. Here’s a couple of ways to assist in the process. For custom fields you can use the ‘Where is this used?’ button, available via the Field page in the Object Manager. Here you’ll see the code and metadata with potential dependencies on that field.

But what about standard fields? This functionality is not currently available. Here are a few ideas that should help refine your search. In the developer console, use CTRL ALT H to open the search. This will allow you to search the code base for a text reference. To search for references in other metadata types you’ll need to write a query to the MetadataComponentDependency object. Dhanik Lal Sahni has written a post to show you how.

Finally, if you are a VS Code user, you can always search there: using CTRL ALT F will open up the Tree Search and find all the references in code and metadata you have stored locally.


Tip 3 – Team GB

Team GB

At Salesforce Live UKI this week, an exciting new partnership was announced between Salesforce and Team GB. The press release says:

Salesforce will engage millions of fans around the world, building the most engaging fan community in sports for Great Britain. Salesforce will partner with Team GB, and use data to create hubs and visualizations, to help engage fans. Through Trailhead, Salesforce will also partner with Team GB athletes, to help with reskilling during and post their athletic careers.”


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Non-Profit Dreamin – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #421

This week saw the announcement of the newest Salesforce Ohana event focused on the non-profit sector, Non-Profit Dreamin. The event is focussed on those working in or with the not for profit sector, to enable them to network, share ideas and stories and collaborate together.

Non-Profit Dream

The event will be held at the end of January and will be fully remote so anyone can attend. The call for speakers is open now as well, so if you have something you would love to share and think others would enjoy, head over now and submit your idea!

In other news…

New book on the reading list

Ines Garcia has released her new book “Becoming more agile whilst delivering Salesforce” – I’ve added it to my reading list, and having known Ines for a while I am sure it will be fantastic – go and buy a copy here.

Salesforce Labs appExchange Category

Long term readers will know I love the free apps from the Salesforce Labs team. All these apps and components now have their own category on the appExchange making it even easier to browse through them and find something to solve your headache.

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Salesforce Labs Components – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #415

Salesforce Labs have outdone themselves this time, with 15 Lightning Web Components to play around with. Salesforce Labs produces free Apps that are created by Salesforce employees (as an experiment, not usually as part of their day job), and added to the Appexchange for us all to use. I could take up 15 Fridays of ‘Tip of the Week’ blogs on this, but instead here is a great list that you can take a look at. There are too many to choose a favourite from, but I am going to start with a look at the Lightning File Explorer.

Salesforce Labs Apps

Salesforce Labs

In Other News…

Who is going to pick up your device?

I had a few days break, walking and running in the Peak District which was amazing, and on the way found an iPhone in the middle of a field! How do you reconnect a device to it’s owner? Or how can a first responder find out about an unconscious person from a locked phone? If you haven’t done it, like me, and like the owners of the iPhone, set up an ICE or Medical contacts, it is free and fast and available on Apple or Android devices! Thankfully with some detective work, I got the phone back to the owner…and thanks to our Marketing Manager Ben Duong, who managed to track them down with just 1 tweet to his network!! Never mind 6 degrees of separation, with Ben it is just 1.

Now what for Dreamforce?

Here is a great post from Keir Bowden aka Bob Buzzard, about what can and can’t be recreated without an actual in-person Dreamforce. I think we all agree, Virtual events are definitely no real substitute! But it looks like it will be quite a while before any of us board the plane for a long exotic trip to a Dreamin’ event or Dreamforce 🙁