Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Arrgh Pirate Chatter Winners!

Here at CloudSpokes we take Pirate culture pretty seriously. We try and have a balanced Pirate diet, day in and day out. From a breakfast of Cap'n Crunch with Crunch Berries, to a hearty lunch of fish n' chips, and of course a couple rounds of rum to wash it all down! With that being said, it's pretty obvious that we are big fans of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, or ITLAP as we like to call it, which just so happens to be on Wednesday, September 19th. Right smack dab in the middle of Dreamforce 2012!

We decided that in light of this glorious gift from the gods of the sea, we needed to create an awesome mashup of a challenge, and Jeff's brain birthed this beautiful little gem...Pirate Chatter! So our gift to you on this glorious pirate days is a little application that you can install in your own org. How much fun would it be to have the SVP of Sales in your organization post to chatter:

  "Hey Jim!! Do you want to meet with the customer for lunch?"

and have it show up as:

  Ahoy Jim!! Do ye wants t' meet wit' th' customer fer grub?

It turns out that you all admire Pirates as much as we do, and really went above and beyond the submission requirements, some even piratizing their entire submission!

Our first place winner was logontokartik, who had a really professional submission with very granular settings where you can enable pirate chatter with a different check box org-wide, only on post or only on comments. He also loads an initial set of translations from the Yahoo! Pirate Dictionary into a custom object, which was a super slick feature! You can see his video here and get to his install umanaged package here.

Kenji776 also tied for first place with a great submission. Make sure to check out his video, install his unmanaged package and also import the initial Pirate Dictionary here.

Rounding out the rest of the peg leg pack was svonschilling, deepu8 and snehaheda who all tied for second and had some really cool submissions!

As expected this challenge was extremely popular and had some great participation! However, if that still isn't Pirate-y enough for you, the source code is hosted here for you to make your own tweaks!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dreamforce: 50,000 meets 50,000

We're approaching a massive milestone for CloudSpokes, with eerie timing. This milestone is one of our favorite metrics to monitor and track, and we're able to add some special perspective to it given some natural, coincidental, convergence.

In just about a week, San Francisco will welcome 50,000+ attendees (more than 70,000 registered) to Salesforce's annual Dreamforce conference. There are so many attendees that nearly every hotel within a 25 mile radius have been sold out for months. There are so many parties, that the conference has it's own party app. There will be more than 750 expert-led sessions over the course of four days. Dreamforce is the largest cloud-computing event in the world.

And during the conference, while Kartik and Naveen are experiencing all they earned during Code Your Way To Dreamforce, CloudSpokes' developer member count will cross 50,000 - nearly the exact same number of attendees expected at this year's Dreamforce. It's mind-boggling to imagine that the same overflowing, dense crowd of cloud fanatics at Dreamforce will shortly equal the amount of developers on CloudSpokes:

If you're one of the CloudSpokes 50,000 attending Dreamforce, we'd love to see you while you're there. It’s truly an amazing time to be a cloud developer. When you’re walking around San Francisco next week and dodging people from all walks of life from all over the world, think about CloudSpokes bringing that same diversity and energy to cloud development. 

We have a number of surprises coming, a killer developer meetup we're hosting, and a handful of sessions we’re speaking in. Here are the events to add to your calendar: 

Tuesday September 18th:
Wednesday September 19th:
  • 3:15 to 4:00pm - Make your web apps scream with Apex REST Services
  • 4:30 to 5:30pm - Salesforce Platform: Starting with Heroku - Panel Discussion on Best Practices
Thursday September 20th:
  • 9:00 to 10:00am - Cloud Integration with Database.com and Heroku
  • 10:30 to 11:15am - Build your first Node.js app with Force.com
  • 10:30 to 11:30am - Salesforce Platform: Building Administrative Tools with Permission Set API
  • 1:30 to 2:30pm - Creating HTML5 Applications with jQuery Mobile, Ruby and Database.com
Friday September 21st:
  • 9:00 to 10:00am - Salesforce Platform: Building a Java Play! App on Heroku using Database.com
  • 10:30 to 11:30am - Streaming API with Java

Monday, September 10, 2012

In The News: Top 4 Gamification apps

Network World - Maria Korolov

...To make it work, the company involved the developers themselves in making sure that there were no loopholes in the contests and in judging the results, says Narinder Singh, the company's chief strategy officer.

Now all of a sudden the community is owners," he says. The result is an environment that lets people learn, and work, in a different way. "It's very different from being 'gamified.' Who wants to be gamified? I don't want to be gamified. I want to participate in something fun."...