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Using Python on Heroku and Force.com Canvas to Enhance Salesforce.com

Using Python on Heroku and Force.com Canvas to Enhance Salesforce.com

See how Force.com Canvas and Heroku can be used to extend or enhance Salesforce functionality.
Build Canvas applications with Python that enhance the functionality of Salesforce's recycle bin by adding additional filtering options, persistence options, and record arrangement.
Finally, see how Force.com Canvas application can be hosted on Heroku, offering further Force.com advantages.


Bruno Fagundez

December 10, 2013

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  1. Using Python on Heroku and Force.com Canvas to Enhance Salesforce.com

    Bruno Fagundez , Developer @geekymartian
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  3. Bruno Fagundez Web Developer

  4. What is Force.com Canvas?

  5. What is Heroku?

  6. What is Python?

  7. Canvas applications

  8. Canvas application creation ▪ Force.com provides a Canvas app previewer

    that allows you to bootstrap new apps quickly
  9. But…

  10. Creating a “Hello dreamforce” canvas app Using Python ☺

  11. Initial Setup

  12. Heroku setup ▪ Get a free heroku account ▪ Install

    heroku toolbelt • Heroku client – CLI tool for creating and managing Heroku apps • Foreman – to run apps locally • Git – revision control and deploy
  13. SF setup ▪ Get a free developer account ▪ Code

    right into the developer console IDE or ▪ Install Force.com Eclipse IDE or Sublime + Mavensmate
  14. Canvas Application

  15. Heroku app Creation

  16. Show me some code!

  17. Heroku app ▪ Create a virtual environment and activate it

    ▪ Install required libraries
  18. Heroku app ▪ Try it out offline before

  19. Heroku app ▪ Deploy it to heroku!

  20. Awesome, but where Force.com and Heroku are getting connected?

  21. Canvas authentication methods ▪ Signed Request (default) • The de-codification

    of the signed request is explained in the documentation. Only java and ruby examples are available. • I’ve ported ruby class to Python, git repo:
 http://github.com/bfagundez/python-force-canvas ! ▪ OAuth 2.0
  22. Adding Canvas JS SDK ▪ Canvas JS SDK is available

    as a github repository
 https://github.com/forcedotcom/SalesforceCanvasJavascriptSDK ▪ JS SDK provides access to several force.com APIs ▪ Most of the integration with Salesforce is throught Javascript and REST
  23. Decoding signed request

  24. Previewing the app

  25. Context object

  26. Improving the initial prototype

  27. Why the recycle bin? ▪ Filtering functionality is limited ▪

    Hard limit of persistence of 15 days ▪ Good example of platform improvement ▪ No logs are kept of deleted items after the data is gone
  28. Better app structure

  29. Yeoman

  30. Bower

  31. Application Components ▪ UI • AngularJS • Jquery • Twitter

    Bootstrap ▪ Storage • Redis DB
  32. Using signed request to access SF SOAP API

  33. Demo

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  35. Resources ▪ Canvas documentation:
 http://www.salesforce.com/us/developer/docs/platform_connect/ index_Left.htm ▪ Heroku Toolbelt:

    ▪ Python in Heroku 
 https://devcenter.heroku.com/articles/getting-started-with-python ▪ Yeoman
  36. More resources! ▪ Python signed request decoder :
 https://github.com/bfagundez/python-force-canvas ▪

    Super powered recycle bin source code:
 https://github.com/bfagundez/super_powered_recycle_bin My contact details: twitter: @geekymartian
 email: bfagundez@gmail.com

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