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What is Salesforce Code Builder?

Enhancing Developer Productivity with Salesforce Code Builder: A Comprehensive Guide

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Introduction

Discover how Salesforce Code Builder revolutionizes Salesforce platform development with its optimized web-based environment. This article explores the powerful features of Code Builder, outlines the installation process, showcases its versatile applications, and highlights the benefits of utilizing a web-based development environment for Salesforce.

Understanding Salesforce Code Builder

Learn how Salesforce Code Builder empowers developers by offering a fully optimized web-based development environment. As an online counterpart to Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code, Code Builder ensures a seamless transition for developers already familiar with VS Code. New users will appreciate the built-in user guide for a quick and effortless start.

Installation Guide: Follow these simple steps to install Salesforce Code Builder in your Salesforce environment:

Learn how Salesforce Code Builder empowers developers by offering a fully optimized web-based development environment. As an online counterpart to Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code, Code Builder ensures a seamless transition for developers already familiar with VS Code. New users will appreciate the built-in user guide for a quick and effortless start.

  1. Visit the Code Builder (Beta) page on the App Exchange and click “Get It Now.”
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2. Select the desired account for Code Builder installation.

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3. Choose the users who will have access to Code Builder.

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4. Assign the necessary permissions using the included Code Builder permission set.

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5. Launch the Code Builder (Beta) app and click “Get Started.”

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6. Create a new project by naming it and selecting the project type, or import an existing project from GitHub using the GitHub URL.

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7. Connect to your Developer Org or Sandbox Org.

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8. Assign an alias to your current org, similar to Visual Studio Code.

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9. Congratulations! You are now ready to embark on a coding journey with Code Builder.

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Utilizing Code Builder's Capabilities: Leverage the extensive capabilities of Code Builder for your Salesforce development:

  • Write Apex Classes and Triggers
  • Run Apex tests
  • Build Lightning Web Components
  • Deploy changes to your org

Code Builder provides a comprehensive development experience on the Salesforce platform, accessible through a web browser.

Limitations, Known Gaps, and Issues: As Code Builder is currently in beta, it’s important to be aware of the following:

    • Find the dedicated gaps and issues page here to stay updated.
    • The beta version has a usage cap of 20 hours within a 30-day period.
    • To pause the usage clock, save your work and close the browser tab running Code Builder when not in use.
    • Share your valuable feedback on using Code Builder here.

Conclusion:

Experience enhanced Salesforce development with Code Builder, an innovative web-based environment. Despite being in the beta phase, Code Builder shows great promise for developers seeking to optimize productivity. Enjoy the flexibility of developing across devices, even on an iPad. Salesforce’s commitment to supporting developers who write code shines through with Code Builder. Stay tuned for further advancements. To learn more about Salesforce Code Builder, explore the Trailhead module here.

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