Sunday, January 23, 2011

Why it is necessary to know your weakness and guard it

No matter what our many strengths, just one weakness can prove more powerful than all of them!

A person’s single weakness is stronger than all his strengths! so true! Think about it. Just as a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, our strength is defined by our vulnerabilities, not our strong points. Not all the preparation in the world or intelligence can help you with any exam if you have an indecipherable handwriting that the examiner cannot figure out! Here your handwriting rather than your intelligence and hard work decide your future.

Similarly, you may have worked out a superb project with deep research and smart inputs, but if your timelines are not worked out and you cross the deadline, it is those couple of hours of delay that become the decisive factor! Similarly, you may be a great worker and a superb professional, but your loose tongue at an inappropriate moment may put paid to the rest of your capabilities! You will always find plenty of people around you not just willing, but eager to exploit your negative potential as displayed through that one weak link, that one vulnerability!

There is a category of people who get info after putting you at ease and assuring you they are totally with you. Most of us have in office a pseudo sympathizer who always emerges soon as he smells your moment of insecurity or misery. He always knows, for he is on the lookout. And sure enough, there he appears with oodles of sympathy and a smile, pumping you subtly for information. He gives subtle hints and encourages you to speak up. In a moment of weakness, you are most prone to let go and spill it all out. Satisfied, he runs back where he came from and uses the information to his own advantage before you realise! It is only later you realise he got you to bare all but never ever shared any of his or her own troubles! Your one weak moment could have done you a lifetime of harm!

Consider the power of weakness! Even the power of a relationship it is rightly said, lies with the one who cares less…never with the one who cares more and so has more at stake! So the weaker your love, the more powerful you are to mould or manoeuvre the relationship and your partner as and how you wish to! And yet, what a miserable power when the partner’s weakest link, his/her strong love for you, would be the biggest weapon you would use against them!

It is indeed our moments of weakness and weak points that we need to guard. It’s when you are most comfortable that you should be most guarded too. We are born with strengths that we can at best hone and understand, but an equally important task is to understand our weaknesses and work hard upon those. For these, our greatest weaknesses, if guarded and worked upon, have the potential of becoming our greatest strengths! Remember, the great Achilles was only as strong as his weak heel! Had that not been known, who could have killed him?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Salesforce Spring 11 Release

Check out the features of Spring 11 here

one of the most exciting feature is Revised Apex Governor limit. I am looking forward to it.
Some of the features going to be are:

Automated Process for chatter posts using Chatter triggers

Private chatter File sharing

Customizable error messages

Closer look at code's performance - System Log console execution summary

Revised Apex governor Limits

Visual workflows

Criteria based sharing - Data dependent sharing using clicks

Visual force page inline editing and Dynamic binding

I am very excited about Revised Apex Governor Limits:
2 important increase in limits are:
150 DML updates for a process
50000 records can be retrieved instead of 10000 records using SOQL query

Also Criteria based sharing is a feature I am looking forward to.

To refer to the release notes click on Release Notes Spring 11

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Remove the date link (beside input field)

When you use input field for date field then along with the input date picker box it also provides a link of today's date on the right side of input field.
This occupies the space and at times does not look good on your beautifully designed visualforce page.

We can remove that date link. I saw a post on cookbook about that and thought of sharing it.
They have used a component which removes the link using css.
Here's the link for that and its clearly explained in it:
Hide the Current Date Link on an Inputfield

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Scheduling Apex Class using System.schedule method

To schedule an Apex class, implements the interface Schedulable in your Apex class

 global class newScheduledClass implements Schedulable  


now use the following system.schedule method for above class
open system log (click Your Name | Setup) and execute the below mentioned method so it will get scheduled.

 newScheduledClass m = new newScheduledClass();  
String s = '1 30 1 10 2 ?';
system.schedule('Job Name', s, m);

here string s is in following pattern:
seconds, minutes, hours, dayofMonth, month, dayofWeek, year(optional)

Values for expression:
Name Values Special Characters
Seconds 0–59 None
Minutes 0–59 None
Hours 0–23 , - * /
Day_of_month 1–31 , - * ? / L W
Month 1–12 , - * /
Day_of_week 1–7 , - * ? / L #
optional_year null or 1970–2099 , - * /

The special characters are defined as follows:
Special Character Description
, Delimits values. For example, use JAN, MAR, APR to specify more than one month.

- Specifies a range. For example, use JAN-MAR to specify more than one month.

* Specifies all values. For example, if Month is specified as *, the job is scheduled for every month.

? Specifies no specific value. This is only available for Day_of_month and Day_of_week, and is generally used when specifying a value for one and not the other.

/ Specifies increments. The number before the slash specifies when the intervals should begin, and the number after the slash is the interval amount. For example, if you specify 1/5 for Day_of_month, the Apex class runs every fifth day of the month, starting on the first of the month.

L Specifies the end of a range (last). This is only available for Day_of_month and Day_of_week. When used with Day of month, L always means the last day of the month, such as January 31, February 28 for leap years, and so on. When used with Day_of_week by itself, it always means 7 or SAT. When used with a Day_of_week value, it means the last of that type of day in the month. For example, if you specify 2L, you are specifying the last Monday of the month. Do not use a range of values with L as the results may be unexpected.

W Specifies the nearest weekday (Monday-Friday) of the given day. This is only available for Day_of_month. For example, if you specify 20W, and the 20th is a Saturday, the class runs on the 19th. If you specify 1W, and the first is a Saturday, the class does not run in the previous month, but on the third, which is the following Monday. Tip: Use the L and W together to specify the last weekday of the month.

# Specifies the nth day of the month, in the format weekday#day_of_month. This is only available for Day_of_week. The number before the # specifies weekday (SUN-SAT). The number after the # specifies the day of the month. For example, specifying 2#2 means the class runs on the second Monday of every month.

you can monitor the scheduled Apex job by going to
click Your Name | Setup | Monitoring | Scheduled Jobs

for more info:
Salesforce link