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Step by Step Guide to Deploying using Unmanaged Package in Salesforce

How to deploy metadata components between unrelated Salesforce Orgs

Unmanaged Package in Salesforce

If you are familiar with change sets in Salesforce, you know that it can be used to transfer metadata between related orgs. For example, transfer the objects, fields, apex classes, etc. from sandbox to production, production to sandbox, and sandbox to sandbox. 

But what if you need to transfer metadata between unrelated orgs or completely different orgs? There are a couple of options, one of which is the ANT Migration Tool provided by Salesforce. (If you are not yet familiar with ANT Migration Tool, you may want to make a note to refer to my another blog post 
Step-by-Step Guide on Getting Started with Salesforce ANT Migration Tool)

The other option for moving metadata from one org to another org is using Packages. 

Salesforce Code Scanner – How to Bake Quality in Your Code with Apex PMD

Salesforce Code Scanner – How to Bake Quality in Your Code with Apex PMD

There are a series of best practices that Salesforce recommends you to follow when working on the technology. Whether you are an admin or consultant doing the configuration or a developer writing code, these best practices help you build a solid foundation, improve quality, avoid making mistakes and become better in what you do.

But this is also true that most of the time these best practices are not being followed. This may be because people are ignorant, following requires extra effort and/or extra investment in tool/technology. 

If you are a Salesforce developer, here is one such tool which is free and easy to use and will guide you to bake quality in your code as you are developing it. After learning how to do it, there will be no reason for you not to use it in your day to day work and become an awesome developer. 🙂

Step-by-Step Guide on Getting Started with Salesforce ANT Migration Tool

Salesforce ANT Migration Tool

ANT Migration tool is a command line utility for retrieving, deploying or deleting metadata from a Salesforce Org. This is a Java/Ant based tool that uses Metadata API provided by Salesforce. 

What are the options available when you need to move your changes from one Salesforce Org to another Salesforce Org?

Step By Step Guide to Install & Configure Force.com IDE on Eclipse

Eclipse with Force.com IDE

(06-Mar-2019: Salesforce has discontinued any future development on Force.com IDE for Eclipse. For writing codes on Salesforce, you should now switch to using Microsoft Visual Studio with Salesforce Extensions Pack. And I have you covered there also. Please click here to get a step-by-step guide on how to install and get started with MS VS Code with Salesforce Extensions Pack)

Here is the step-by-step instructions with screenshots on how to download, install and configure Force.com IDE on Eclipse platform, connect to a Salesforce Org and explore. In less than 30 minutes, you will have the IDE fully setup and connected to a Salesforce Org.

Selectively Copy Data to a Full Sandbox

Staring with Summer 13, you can select the objects data you would like to copy to the full Sandbox. Navigate to Setup -> Deploy -> Sandboxes -> Sandbox Template and click on New Sandbox Template. Specify the name and description and specify the object data you want in your sandbox. Once saved as a template, you can reuse this template to create the full sandboxes

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