Even though Salesforce has always been an innovative platform, just a couple years ago our troubleshooting options seemed as they were much more closer to the stone age, especially when we were comparing them to the other development platforms like Java or .NET. We were using things like "System.debug()" to print out important information to the log files, and then we were analyzing hundreds and thousands of lines of logs (I can feel the migraines and the sandpaper eyes just thinking about this now). However since that time, we already have had a great amount of tools for debugging become available to us - you can see a short overview of some of them below, and even further below, we'll highlight a couple of common scenarios that we are normally faced with, and how to handle them with these tools
We are ready to start this summer off by presenting to you some new abilities of The Welkin Suite IDE for Mac, so please meet the newest updated version of the IDE - Blaze R1, and be ready to be impressed with its great functionalities, which will help you to improve you working process on Apex and Lightning. We did a great job tackling the amount of work that was related to the refreshing of, or even better said, the rewriting of the Code Assistance functionality, and the changes that we've made have solved a lot of issues, and we really feel that we are now providing you with a more powerful tool for all of your work. Also, the implemented built-in PMD support, in the IDE, will help you to analyze your Apex code, and keep it much clear and much easier to maintain thought the life of your project. The new Lightning Components and Applications Previewer not only looks incredible, but it will save greatly your time by letting you preview all of your changes in just seconds directly from The Welkin Suite IDE. Plus, now you won't miss any really useful options or new features in the IDE, because now you can use our new Getting Started guide that has tons of tips for exploring The Welkin Suite.
The Welkin Suite is an IDE for Salesforce development, which is built on top of Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Isolated Shell (for Windows version), and which gives you an option to use some of the great Visual Studio extensions while developing Salesforce applications. In this article, we will teach you to install Visual Studio 2013 extensions to The Welkin Suite, and will share a couple of great extensions, which work well with TWS, and which allow you to be more productive and feel more comfortable while developing.
Just a few days ago (just to make it clear - I am writing this article on the last days of May 2017), we presented the Bloom R1 release for The Welkin Suite IDE, and to get this done we completed a huge amount of work. And now, I would like to take a look at, and talk with you about the main and most interesting moments that encompassed this:
For all of you trailblazers, who are ready to visit TrailheaDX'17 or those of you that are just thinking about it, you've probably already taken a look at this wonderful article: '5 Reasons Salesforce Admins should attend TrailheaDX ’17' by Mike Gerholdt.
With our new release of The Welkin Suite Bloom R1 for Windows, we are again pushing to empower you by boosting your overall productivity, and comfort by providing you with the tools and features that you need in one application. For this release, The Welkin Suite team spent a countless amount of energy going over feedback and reports, and investigating different approaches to deliver to you a totally rebuilt Code Completion, and we can't wait for you to start using it. We also are sure that the new Lightning Components and Applications Previewer, and built-in PMD support for TWS will help you get your work completed faster and help you maintain the highest qualities of work that the world is demanding of you. Another small but useful thing we have done is we have added a Getting Started window to the IDE, which at this time highlights over 50 features, so you have a fast and convenient way of getting up-to-speed on the full potential of the IDE.
One of our main goals has always been to give our users and supporters the best experience possible across the whole board, whether that be related to the actual tasks they are doing while using our IDE, interacting with our customer service, exploring some new features, exploring and purchasing our tool for the first time, or just even reading up on some of the educational material that we share with our users. However to be able to do all of this we need to make sure that we have the information at hand to accomplish this in the best ways, and give our users not only the correct, but also timely information that they need. So we made some changes to reflect what information we are collecting and made sure to highlight what our users need to do to make sure we can always be offering them the best customer care.
Finally, the long-awaited improvements to the Code Assistance and Code Completion features are so close to being released that we felt it was time to shed some light on what you should expect to get next Monday, May 22nd. In short - we've completely rewritten it... For the 2nd time
The wheels and gears at The Welkin Suite are turning as we are moving forward and extending the spectrum of features and possibilities available in our Mac version. In this release, we are glad to introduce the long-awaited Version Control support implemented through Git integration, followed by the possibility to manage your Lightning files in the Lightning Bundle Explorer. This way, you will no longer be faced with the teamwork issues - while your work with Lightning Applications and Components becomes more flexible and comfortable.
We are preparing the next big update to The Welkin Suite, which is scheduled for the end of May.