Salesforce continues to grow at an unprecedented pace. It was the first enterprise software company to break the $10 billion revenue run rate. It’s always a good time to be a Salesforce developer.
If you are an experienced developer in Java or .Net world, recruiters will ask you to make the move to Salesforce.
Here are the top five reasons why we think you should do it:
1. Developing on Salesforce is the fastest route from idea to application
When you create an sObject (analogous to a table in a database), with the Salesforce platform you automatically get:
- A user interface to view/create/update/delete records
- API support
- Mobile access, via Salesforce1
2. You can focus on business problems
When creating an application on Salesforce, you don’t have to worry about setting up hardware, patching operating systems, or deciding between application servers. You can simply create a free Salesforce developer edition and start building. As a long time software engineer I know what I’d rather be doing!
If you work for a partner like BrightGen, you’ll experience a huge variety of customers. We work with large enterprises in just about every industry vertical you can think of. It’s not just the customers though. Salesforce has three releases a year. It continues to add swathes of new functionality each time – not just improvements to existing features, but entirely new areas such as Einstein AI and Commerce Cloud.
SalesforceDX is the next generation Salesforce developer experience. It aligns more closely with a more familiar development lifecycle: version control as the single source of the truth, disposable scratch orgs for use in continuous integration and test environments, and an extensible Command Line Interface.
Salesforce has an incredible developer community, providing a wealth of information through blogs, code shares, and books. There are over 200 Salesforce Developer Meetup groups around the world (BrightGen is an active support of the London Dev Group). They get together regularly to share insights and best practice. There are even multi-day conferences that the community runs itself, such as London’s Calling in the UK and Dream Olé in Spain. If you hit problems developing your application, people are waiting to help on the Salesforce Developer Forums and Stack Exchange. I’ve worked across a number of technologies in my time – this is the most vibrant and positive developer community.
If you think that Salesforce might be for you, the best place to try it out is via Trailhead. Trailhead is Salesforce’s free guided learning, with exercises to verify your knowledge. Then the next step is to get in touch with our careers team to start your Salesforce developer career.