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Your future is process automation

A lot of people ask, “how do I become a developer if I’m only an administrator?” Being an administrator and being a developer are not necessarily two different jobs. Most administrators do a lot more developing than they realize and it is important that you understand that writing code is by far one of the worst solutions in Salesforce.

If you are new to the Salesforce platform, you may not know that “back in the day” the platform was very limited. You needed to write triggers and APEX to do a lot of the things you can now do with Process Builder and Flows.

So, you should do that. Use Lightning Flow (e.g., Process Builder and Flows) and use them well and often and keep them updated and make changes to them over time.

Do you need to be a developer to do amazing things in Salesforce? No. Can you do more amazing things in Salesforce if you are a developer? Yes. Does being a developer in Salesforce mean I have to write APEX code? No.

In my opinion, being a developer means using Process Builder, Flows, and APEX. But knowing when to use what…that is the key attribute that separates great administrators from others. You can ask me if we can do X. I should be able to say, “yes, we can do that using Lightning Flow,” or, “no, we need to code that with APEX.” If we need to code it, then we go out and hire someone to code it.

If I were just getting started in Salesforce today, I would focus on the following items:

Start with these things and if you find yourself in love with the magic of advanced formulas, if/then statements, case statements, and command lines then you might want to consider diving into APEX.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both…

Robert Frost

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Afghanistan papers reveal US public were misled about unwinnable war

Hundreds of confidential interviews with key figures involved in prosecuting the 18-year US war in Afghanistan have revealed that the US public has been consistently misled about an unwinnable conflict….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/09/afghan-papers-reveal-us-public-were-misled-about-unwinnable-war

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How Instagram Changed Street Photography

Jordan G. Teicher on the social media phenomenon that changed the way see and share images of the human condition as it exists in public spaces the world over….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.popphoto.com/american-photo/how-instagram-changed-street-photography/

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How to Assess and Edit Your Photographs

Even though it’s easier than ever today to operate a camera and produce a picture, it’s no easier to recognize the most compelling images among your outtakes and make collective sense of them….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://photography.tutsplus.com/articles/how-to-assess-and-edit-your-photographs–cms-24904

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Shower Thoughts

As a human male…

As a human male, I appreciate that almost every time I use the restroom, there is the opportunity to play a game of bullseye.

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No one cares about 99% of the photos you take. Not even you.

Before deepfakes and alternative facts, the online world was already telling us fibs. In our series Lies the Internet Told Me, we call ’em all out. For our summer vacation, my wife drove us hell-for-leather between National Parks, driven by the urge to collect every stamp in her Parks Passport….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://mashable.com/article/photos-instagram-facebook-no-one-cares/

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This Company Says The Future Of Nuclear Energy Is Smaller, Cheaper And Safer

Nuclear power plants are so big, complicated and expensive to build that more are shutting down than opening up. An Oregon company, NuScale Power, wants to change that trend by building nuclear plants that are the opposite of existing ones: smaller, simpler and cheaper….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.npr.org/2019/05/08/720728055/this-company-says-the-future-of-nuclear-energy-is-smaller-cheaper-and-safer

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Are the hyper-specialist shops of Berlin the future of retail?

On the first floor of a nondescript 1,000 sq metre industrial unit in Berlin’s Steglitz district, four workers are cautiously placing pregnant queen ants into test tubes in order to dispatch them across Europe….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/apr/29/are-the-hyper-specialist-shops-of-berlin-the-future-of-retail

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These atmospheric and cinematic fashion photos embody the spirit of the 1990s

A new book just published in September showcases the gritty and moody fashion photography of Stephanie Pfriender Stylander….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2018/10/19/these-atmospheric-and-cinematic-fashion-photos-embody-the-spirit-of-the-1990s/

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Annie Leibovitz on Her Multifaceted Career: “I Learned So Much About Photography From Fashion Photography”

Annie Leibovitz has had a career spanning five decades, creating some of the most iconic photographs of all time….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.vogue.com/article/forces-of-fashion-annie-leibovitz-jonathan-van-meter-photography

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Photography

Hold it Together

Hold it Together. On a warm afternoon, the front facade of the building couldn't hold it together. No one was walking under at the time, but it was a surreal experience. Division Street, Portland, OR.
Hold it Together. On a warm afternoon, the front facade of the building couldn’t hold it together. No one was walking under at the time, but it was a surreal experience. Division Street, Portland, OR.
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The Instagram Aesthetic Is Over

As Instagram has grown to more than 1 billion monthly users, it has ushered in a very particular look: bright walls, artfully arranged lattes and avocado toast, and Millennial-pink everything, all with that carefully staged, color-corrected, glossy-looking aesthetic….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/04/influencers-are-abandoning-instagram-look/587803/