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April 3, 2006

Homepage and Dashboard Auto-Refresh

Filed under: Howto, Code, Salesforce.com — heretic @ 11:56 pm

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The Salesforce.com customer forums has some interesting discussions from time to time. Back in December Salesforce.com user jay07 posted a thread entitled “Favorite Home Page Elements.” In it some nice home page components were disccused. I offered my personal favorite - the homepage auto-refresh.

My placing an HTML META refresh tag inside the “Messages and Alerts” homepage component you can cause the home page to reload at certain intervals. The upside to this change is that users who leave their homepage acive in the background of their PC will never be logged out of the system. It’s also a significant drawback too.

A user replied asking if there was a way to have the dashboard automatically refresh too. Unfortunately at the time while there was a way to do it, it wasn’t very pretty. With the new UI in the Winter ‘06 release this became alot simpler. (more…)

April 1, 2006

Heretic? Blog? Uh oh…

Filed under: The Heretic — heretic @ 11:38 am

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The Salesforce.com (SFDC) Heretic was born out of a post on the SFDC Developer forums by SFDC employee Dave Carrol (DevAngel) who in this post wrote:

Now, Daroz has been preaching heresy (def: A person who holds controversial opinions, especially one who publicly dissents from the officially accepted dogma of the Roman Catholic Church Salesforce.com.) about injecting script into various objects.

Over the last few months the volume of email I have received from various other Salesforce.com customers has risen steadily. While I truely believe that the Salesforce.com platform is one of, if not the most customizable CRM packages going, sometimes (ok, most of the time) I tend to push it past it’s limits. From time to time this has put me quite at odds with the developers and engineers at SFDC as I exploit hidden links and inject script onto their pages, all in an effort at making things easier or achieving more functionality. Several friends of mine have been prodding me to start a blog to post some thoughts and ideas, things that you’d never see on the AppXchange. That coupled with my increasing volume of mail, and increase in workload from other projects finally kicked me to start up this blog.

Most of what I intend to post will be technical in nature, ideas and methods to do various things on the platform. From time to time I will, as I have in the past, opine on the state of the platform, development, or industry. I may throw up a news bit or two, but for the most part I’ll leave that to Mark over at SalesForceWatch.com.