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I was recently invited to be a technical reviewer of a book written specifically to help people study for the Salesforce.com Certified Force.com Developer exam. It’s written by Siddhesh Kabe who writes the May the Force be with you blog.

The book is called Force.com Developer Certification Handbook (DEV401) and is now available through Amazon in both paper and Kindle versions, online via Safari (read some of it online!) and also from the publisher themselves, Packt, in both dead tree and electronic formats.

Force.com Developer Certification Handbook (DEV401)

Fellow technical reviewers include Matthew Botos (he’s also a great photographer!) and Ankit Arora who write the ForceGuru blog, both of whom were recently appointed Force.com MVPs.

Here’s an overview of the book:

CHAPTER 1, Getting Started with Force.com, gives an overview of Force.com concepts and leads the reader through set-up of a free Developer Account.

CHAPTER 2, Creating a Database on Force.com, shows how to create objects and relationships within the Force.com data model.

CHAPTER 3, User Interface, explains how to create tabs, pages, page layouts and Visualforce elements. There’s a lot of knowledge crammed into this chapter, so don’t expect to understand it all at once.

CHAPTER 4, Implementing Business Logic, covers validation rules, formulas, roll-up summaries, workflow and approval processes in pretty good detail.

CHAPTER 5, Data Management, looks at inter-object relationships and the Data Loader, used for importing and exporting data.

CHAPTER 6, Analytic and Reporting, shows how to create Reports and Dashboards.

CHAPTER 7, Application Administration, explains access rights, roles, profiles and passwords.

CHAPTER 8 contains a 66-question practice exam, with solutions.

If you’re looking for good Force.com books, also see my review of Jason Ouellette’s book, which has now come out with an updated 2nd Edition.

The Bottom Line

  • It’s a new book to help with certification
  • Just reading the book isn’t enough to pass   you also need real-world hands-on experience
  • Have a brief read of it online

3 Responses to “New Force.com Certification Handbook”

  1. Roshan Says:

    Hi Enforcer,

    I just wanted to know whether salesforce still provides force.com free edition of 100 users.

    Shall appreciate your response on this.

    Best Regards,
    Roshan

  2. The Enforcer Says:

    D’oh! It appears they’re no longer offering the free 100 force.com licenses.

  3. Roshan Says:

    A simple visualforce page with two input fields – redirect to other VF page

    Hi All,

    Can you please provide some basic code for VFpage with two input fields and on click of a button, it should be able to pass the value of one of the input fields as the id to the next VF page URL .

    Thanks in advance

    Best Regards,
    Roshan