At Dreamforce this year we had over 230 developer sessions. With a limited amount of time, or possibly not attending at all, you may have missed these killer breakouts. Internal experts as well as luminaries from the community delivered some amazing content, and below you can get a taste of the cream of the crop in the DevZone in Moscone West.
Developing UI for Any Person, Any Device, Anywhere
Universally designed interfaces work anywhere, on any device, for any user. They’re also future-friendly, which means they’re ready for consumption on devices that haven’t even been invented yet. Extend the reach of your app beyond desktop users to mobile users, tablet users, disabled users, and more. The best part is that it's not even that hard; it just takes a little knowledge and a little practice. This session will cover common UI patterns developers often misuse, and how they can be modified to be considered universally designed, automatically opening up new revenue streams you didn't even know existed.
Security Best Practices for Mobile Development
In the enterprise apps need to be secure. A lost or stolen phone or tablet can mean your company data falling into the wrong hands. Join us to explore the security features available on both iOS and Android, learn how app data can be compromised, and receive best practices for the development of secure enterprise apps on both platforms.
Creating a Force.com-Backed Facebook App on Heroku
With close to a billion users, Facebook is becoming the venue for the Social Enterprise's storefront and Heroku is ideally suited to creating applications on the Facebook platform. Join us to learn how to create a Heroku-backed Facebook app directly from within Facebook, using your choice of Ruby, PHP, Java, or Node.js on Heroku, integrating with data and processes in Force.com.
Developing a Real-time Ad Server on Heroku
The SpotU service serves contextually-targeted advertisements for airline passengers, enabling airlines to increase their revenues based on the ability to sell ancillary products such as hotels, rental cars, and tours. Join us and discover how SpotU was implemented on Heroku, leveraging add-ons such as Redis, Resque, and New Relic to analyze the passenger's itinerary, select relevant ads from available campaigns, and respond to the airline system, all in a fraction of a second.
Performance Tuning for Visualforce and Apex
Visualforce and Apex allow developers to extend the Force.com platform and build custom applications. There are, however, some common themes in customer implementations that can adversely affect performance. Join us to learn best practices and debugging techniques for tuning performance of your Apex and Visualforce code.
Test Driven Development Fundamentals on Force.com
Achieving 75% test coverage for your Force.com code is just the beginning. Join us to learn about the factors for writing good unit tests and how to develop tests from your requirements. Using the classic bowling kata exercise, you'll see step-by-step how functional testing enables you to catch failures, correct 'em, and roll a perfect game of 100% test coverage. Learn how Test Drive Development (TDD) can make you a more effective Force.com developer.
Advanced Asynchronous Apex
Are you overwhelmed with the different options available for asynchronous programming in Apex? This session will help you know when and how to use Batch Apex, Scheduled Apex, and @future processing. We will go behind the scenes and discuss the infrastructure that supports the different options. Join us to learn the benefits of each of these powerful tools, and you will become confident in utilizing them to expand the capabilities of your cloud application.
Apex Nirvana - Embracing Governor Limits
For many Apex developers, especially those coming from other languages, Apex governor limits can sometimes be challenging to understand and code against, but it doesn't have to be that way. Join us to learn to embrace limits, to factor them into every design you create, and how to trade off one against the other. You'll find what the experts know - that governor limits help you to write better and more efficient code, that today's limits already support large and complex operations, and that even when they don't, there are usually ways to work around the issue to accomplish virtually any task.
The Dreamforce 2012 Developer Experience in the DevZone
These sessions along with all of the other breakout sessions, keynotes, hands-on workshops, unconference, mini-hacks, and more made this the most exciting DevZone to date. If you were unable to attend, or can't wait to go back, check out this short video highlighting the DevZone experience.