Saturday, March 9, 2019

Converting a DateTime field into a Unix Timestamp with formula field

In this episode, we will show you have you can easily convert a date time field value to an Epoch/Unix Timestamp using Salesforce formula field.

First, you need a field of type DateTime such as CreatedDate, LastModifiedDate or any Custom Field.

In our example, we will use the CreatedDate Field. The formula is as below.

(CreatedDate - DATETIMEVALUE( "1970-01-01 00:00:00" )) * 86400

This can be used to append to a image url to prevent image cache from browser.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Mock HTTP callouts in a Managed Package

In this blog, I will show you how to mock callout response which is in a managed package.

I found out that many developers are using Test.IsRunningTest() in their Apex classes to avoid writing Mock responses for http callouts and if the callout comes from a Managed Package, they are stuck with this message "Methods defined as TestMethod do not support Web service callouts".

As per Salesforce Documentation, "To mock a callout if the code that performs the callout is in a managed package, call Test.setMock from a test method in the same package with the same namespace."

So to be able to mock callout which is performed in a managed package, the line doing "Test.setMock" should be called from the managed package itself.

So what we did in the SharinPix (ISV) managed package, we added a global class which take a HttpCalloutMock class as parameter and execute the Test.setMock from within the package.

global class HttpCalloutSimulator {
    global static void setMock(HttpCalloutMock mock) {
        Test.setMock(HttpCalloutMock.class, mock);

By adding the above class in your package and making it global so that it ca be called outside the managed package make it easy to mock code which are doing callout in your package without getting error messages.

You will just need to call it as below:


Example on how to use it:

sharinpix.HttpCalloutSimulator.setMock(HttpCalloutMock mock);  
//where the variable mock is the instance of your HttpCalloutMock class


Saturday, December 1, 2018

What is Remote Action in Salesforce?

In this blog, we will learn how to use Remote Actions in Visualforce Page.

But what is a Remote Action? 

Remote Action is a way to access Apex method using Javascript in your Visualforce page.
It allows you to create pages with complex, dynamic behavior that isn’t possible with the standard Visualforce AJAX components.

Remote action method should always have the @RemoteAction annotation and it should be Static.

Let's take an example where we need to retrieve the first five Cases with Status to New.


Point to remember:

  • @RemoteAction annotation is mandatory
  • Remote Action methods should always be static
  • If you are using the Visualforce Page inline in a Page Layout, then the method should be declared as global instead of public

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Rendering Visualforce as PDF with Header and Footer

In my last post, I explain about how to customize the page size format of a generated pdf through Visualforce page.

In this new post, I shall illustrate how to add a header and footer to a generated pdf through CSS.

We get started by using the Visualforce template below:

Now, let's add the code for the header and footer and see the output.

Output of the header and footer in pdf