Salesforce is one of the top CRM software available today. It is based on cloud computing and hence quite customer friendly. Any business can use this software to develop effective CRM solutions without the help of an IT team. The software has found widespread use because of its easy to use customer interface. This is also one of the reasons why many mobile apps are being developed these days using salesforce application development. Many multinational companies have invested in this software and are hiring consultants to help in better growth of businesses. Salesforce development lifecycle can have the features of a software that is developed on cloud, tested on cloud and is also deployed in a cloud based environment.
Force.com is used as the Salesforce Development Environment. It is built using a software called Eclipse and hence can be easily integrated using just a plug in. This eclipse based environment is equipped with components of Visualforce, Apex and Metadata components making it easier for salesforce application development.
The steps involved in the salesforce application development are
Source control Repository –It is good to have a separate GIT repository for every project, with a default branch acting as the Master Branch. Master branch is suitable for storing the production metadata
Development – Salesforce makes use of sandboxes for development. Each developer associated with salesforce application development will code in his own sandbox .Force,com IDE is used by these developers to establish connections with the sandbox and they will also use it to retrieve metadata from sandbox to the IDE. After coding and performing the initial tests, the developers commit the code to the Git repository. Then again they will migrate the code to the sandboxes for continuing the coding process. Then again they will commit it to the repository. But before they have to check with other developers to reduce chances of duplication of code
Testing – The testers or QA’s also create their own sandboxes similar to the developers and test the code for bugs. If the QAs are assigned to test only a particular feature of the code, they make use of partial copy sandboxes. After the testing process is complete, the release manager prepares the final presentation for end users or clients.
Release of product – The last phase is involved with performance testing. This testing is performed on intermediate sandboxes which will have all the features of the salesforce application. After the testing is complete, the salesforce application development is considered to be complete.