Presentations, Salesforce

Dreamforce 2014 – sessions

The 27th of June is almost like Christmas—it’s the day when you learn if your Dreamforce session was accepted or not. It’s not a lot of words that go into a proposal but a lot of thinking. For me it’s a great honor and a learning experience to be able to host a session at one of the largest computer conferences in the world. Last year was my first year as a submitter and a speaker. I was very surprised when the acceptance notification came. I had almost forgotten about it.

This year I have two sessions that has been accepted and one that is on the reserve list.

“Custom Settings – Turn Hardcoded Values into Configuration” is a session that will talk about custom settings and how they can be utilized to remove hardcoded values and instead use dynamic data, without impacting your SOQL limits. A small APEX library will be demonstrated that can be used to simplify the usage of custom settings.

“Force CLI – Command Line Awesomeness” will demonstrate the Force CLI tool. The general usage of the tool and a couple of scenarios will be presented to show you how to become a power user. This session could be interesting for those who are building integrations or automations. A natural application will be in building environments to help set up continuous integration/deployment.

“Building your own multifactor authentication system” is a session that will show one way to build a multifactor authentication system for Salesforce using a range of different techniques. Salesforce would be configured with delegated authentication. Google AppEngine would be used to host an authentication service written in golang that would use a YubiKey one-time password device as the second authentication factor. I believe this topic was a bit too narrow for the conference, so it wasn’t accepted but put on the reserve list. I’m still hoping for this one since I think this is one of the more interesting sessions—it was at least very interesting and fun when I developed the multifactor authentication solution. If it’s not accepted, I’ll probably use it as a presentation for a DUG meeting this fall.

I’m looking forward to getting back to San Francisco and the DevZone in Moscone West. I like the city—the weather has always been perfect when I’ve been there, and the atmosphere in the city is so relaxed. As an architect and developer, I enjoy spending time in the DevZone listening and talking to other people—there are always many interesting speakers, cool products, and a lot of giveaways. If you can spend the time and money, I would definitely recommend going to Dreamforce in October.

This blog post is a repost from Martin’s old blog called webaholic.