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Welcome to Julia-TLT!

I decided to write this blog to share my journey into Salesforce with YOU, so let’s start!

Once upon a time there was a girl that didn’t know what Salesforce was…

In august 2019 I didn’t know anything about Salesforce(not even that it existed!), but then something amazing happened! I guess you are wondering “What? 😦 What happened? “. Well, I will tell you. After 2 months of looking for the right company to start my developer journey I finally succeded, and I GOT A JOB! The company was a Salesforce partner and I was employed as junior developer. There was only one problem: I did not know anything about Salesforce. As part of my contract the first obstacle I had to overcome was to pass my Adm-201 and become a Certified Salesforce System Administrator.

Hey, πŸ˜’ Wait a moment! Didn’t you say you you did not know anything about Salesforce? And didn’t you say you were employed as Developer? Yes I did! And that’s when the magic started. In August I didn’t know anything about Salesforce, in September I was a Certified System Administrator 😱 .

I guess you are wondering, is this even possible? Become a Salesforce Administrator in one month? Yes, it is possible. You only need two things: will and time.
So, if you are serious about what YOU want to be, if you are 100% sure you want to be a Saleforce Administrator, I can tell you, nothing can stop you. 😎 Start to study and at the drop of a hat you will pass your exam.
I don’t want to bother you more about Sys Admin talk if you are not interested, so if you want to learn more about it and how to pass your exam click here.

Ok, let’s continue with our story.

After my Admin exam, it was time to be a Salesforce Developer. Easy to say, a bit more difficult to accomplish…but as with every journey the most important step is the first one. And my first step was to ask myself: where should I start? πŸ˜•

Again, I was lucky. The company I was working for had a Senior Developer who started like me and suggested to watch the courses of Apex Academy on Pluralsight.

And that’s how everything began, I followed all the three lessons of Apex Academy and started to write Apex triggers and classes.

But that was not enough to be a salesforce developer, I hadn’t even scratched the surface, I wanted to understand more, get more advanced material and also be certified, so I took this trailmix on trailhead, which really helped me as a beginner.

I also read the Apex guide (ok not all of it, just some pages…)that you can find here and continued with trailhead learning about Visualforce, SOQL, SOSL and Aura.

The real challenge was to understand and start to write Lightning Components, I always struggled with Javascript πŸ˜– and this is not a language you can learn in one day. I had to stop with trailhead and get some material on google and on other external resources.

I’m honest with YOU, If you don’t know JavaScript you won’t be able to code with Lightning Components, so I suggest you to start a beginner JavaScript course online and then take the trailhead module about Lightning Components.

I’ll cut the story here for the moment because I want to summary two points (or maybe three..) :

1-There are a lot of free resources online on how to start in Salesforce, you don’t have to pay for an instructor or for some online courses.

2- Trailhead and Google are your best friends, you can find all (or at least most) of the answers for your questions there, don’t underestimate them.

3-This blog can be your third best friend if you want to learn about Apex and become a Salesforce Developer! πŸ˜‰


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