Visualforce Development Cookbook

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  • Write effective controller tests
  • Maintain multiple records from a single page
  • Produce re-usable components for utility functions
  • Create custom charts to visualize single or multiple sets of data
  • Redraw part of a page in response to user input
  • Replace standard components with custom, brandable versions
  • Provide access to data via a public website
  • Allow users to create and retrieve data from a mobile device

Visualforce, in conjunction with Apex, makes it easy to develop sophisticated, custom UIs for desktop and mobile apps without having to write thousands of lines of code and markup. The "Dynamic Binding" feature of Visualforce lets you develop generic Visualforce pages to display information related to the records without necessarily knowing which data fields to show. This is accomplished through a formula-like syntax, which makes it simple to manage even a complex hierarchy of records.

"Visualforce Development Cookbook" provides solutions for a variety of challenges faced by Salesforce developers and demonstrates how easy it is to build rich, interactive pages using Visualforce. Whether you are looking to make a minor addition to the standard page functionality or override it completely, this book will provide you with the required help throughout.

"Visualforce Development Cookbook" starts with explaining the simple utilities and builds up to advanced techniques for data visualization and reuse of functionality. This book contains recipes that cover various topics like creating multiple records from a single page, visualizing data as charts, using JavaScript to enhance client-side functionality, building a public website and making data available to a mobile device.

"Visualforce Development Cookbook" provides lots of practical examples to enhance and extend the Salesforce user interface.

  • Provide an enhanced user experience with dynamically generated, reactive pages
  • Access data over additional channels via public web sites and mobile pages
  • Packed with easy to follow recipes, including step-by-step instructions and Apex/Visualforce code downloads
Page Count 334
Course Length 10 hours 1 minutes
ISBN 9781782170808
Date Of Publication 23 Sep 2013


Keir Bowden

Keir Bowden is a 30-year veteran of the IT industry from the United Kingdom. After spending the early part of his career in the defence industry, he moved into investment banking systems, implementing systems for Banque Nationale de Paris, CitiGroup, and Deutsche Bank. In the late 1990s, Keir moved into Internet technologies, leading to a development of the order management and payment handling systems of one of the first European Internet shopping sites.

Keir started working with in late 2008 and has been recognized multiple times by Salesforce as an MVP for his contribution and leadership in the community. In 2012, he became the first certified technical architect outside of Salesforce in EMEA, and he has served as a judge on several EMEA Technical Architect Certification Review Boards. Keir is also a prominent blogger on Apex, Visualforce and Lightning Components solutions; and a regular speaker at events such as Dreamforce, Cloud World Forum, and Salesforce World Tour.

Keir is a chief technical officer of BrightGena—a Platinum Cloud Alliance Partner in the United Kingdom, where he is responsible for the present and future technical strategies.

Keir acted as a technical reviewer for the CRM Admin Cookbook before accepting the challenge of authoring this book, which also happens to be his first.