A Case Study: Learning Salesforce Was the Key To Success



Salesforce is one of the most popular cloud CRMs used around the globe, and Salesforce developers are in high demand in companies of all sizes, across all industries. One prominent developer, Peter Knolle, recently shared the story of his journey from Java to Force.com with the team at the Salesforce Developers blog.


It Started With Java…

According to Knolle, he didn’t actually set out to become a developer, but rather, he intended on a career as an attorney. An elective course in college gave him the programming bug, and he immediately set out on a new path, focusing on Java development for web apps.


After several years of working in Java, he found himself leading a project that the team thought would work well on the Salesforce platform.  After they began the process, Knolle and the team recognized that it would make more sense to do the build on the Force.com platform rather than attempting to integrate Java, which would require far more effort and resources. He says:


When we started to look at requirements around user access, customer and contact information and other data, it was evident that standard Salesforce functionality could be used to meet many of the requirements. Building directly on the Force.com platform takes away integration completely, which means there is one less failure point, one less maintenance concern, one less place data is stored, and end users see changes to data as they happen. Also, many new features are added to Salesforce with every release. By building directly on the platform, those features are immediately available to be incorporated into your app or processes.


Knolle and his team were able to complete their project in 3-6 weeks, rather than the originally estimated 3-6 months they planned for Java integration. And from there, his career evolved.


Leaping Before Looking

Knolle says he leapt headfirst into a Salesforce career, and he encourages others to do the same.  He says that the similarities between Java and Salesforce make it easy to learn, and the documentation and resources available to developers are detailed and extensive. He also notes that the Salesforce community provides invaluable support to new and seasoned developers, alike:


From an overall career perspective, there is a huge demand for Salesforce developers which leads to great job security. The whole Salesforce community is the best that exists. There is nothing like this in other code languages. The people on staff at Salesforce and other MVPs are all great and nice and helpful. I’ve gained lots of friends and continue to have relationships with people I’ve met in the developer community.


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