With just over a week left until the hordes descend on San Francisco, there’s a lot to prepare for. The big announcement for Dreamforce is going to be the new Lightning Experience. This new look of Salesforce is going to change everything! Rather than wait till you get to Dreamforce to begin learning about Lightning, I recommend taking a look at the new Trailhead modules. By finishing those modules, you’ll be better prepared and ready to jump into more advanced topics when you get to Dreamforce.
The Admin Trail – Migrating to Lightning Experience is best for existing admins who are interested in the impacts Lightning would have on your org. It walks you through the basics of Lightning. One of my favorite parts is the chart that compares the differences between Lightning and Classic. If you only do one thing before Dreamforce, look at this chart!
On the Developer side of things, the Developer Trail – Lightning Experience walks developers through Visualforce and Lightning Components. Unfortunately, since Lightning isn’t GA there aren’t the hands-on projects you get with a lot of other modules. One of the coolest things Salesforce is doing as part of the Lightning push is sharing design best practices. The module on the Lightning Design System is fantastic for getting an understanding of how to build pixel perfect components.
With these new Trailhead modules, you’ll be prepared for Dreamforce and ready to attend some awesome sessions!
If you are still looking for sessions (that don’t have anything to do with Lightning) to attend, here’s my shameless plug for the two sessions I’m presenting:
Writing Effective and Maintainable Validation Rules Tuesday, September 15, 12:00 – 12:40
Writing Effective and Maintainable Validation Rules Friday, September 18, 10:00 – 10:40
Apex Testing Best Practices Thursday, September 17, 4:30 – 5:10