Lightning Experience + Trailhead + Dreamforce 2015 = Awesome!!

trailhead_trail_developer_lightning_experienceDreamforce 2015 is less than two weeks away and I bet the two words you’re going to hear most often at the conference this year are ‘Lightning‘ and ‘Trailhead‘ that too – in the same sentence. While DF’14 was all about demonstrating the capabilities and exploring the possibilities of Lightning, this year’s Dreamforce is where it all comes together – the much-anticipated Lightning Experience takes center stage .

So, how do you get yourself familiar with the Lightning experience or the so-called Lightning Design System?

Whether you’re a developer or an admin, there’s nothing that beats the hands-on learning approach. It’s one thing to read tutorials, cookbooks and what-nots but until you practice the concepts, the battle is only half won.

Trailhead

IMO, it’s fair to say that 2015 will be remembered as ‘The Year of Trailhead’ in the company history of Salesforce. It’s a new learning approach which has completely re-defined how developers and admins learn new things on the platform. The best part – it’s not just for beginners, it serves the intermediate and advanced developer and admin audiences as well.

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Lightning Design System

Lightning Design System has been Salesforce’s most closely guarded secret for the last few months and it lays the foundation for the ‘New Salesforce’ – a transformation which was celebrated with developer and admin events all over the world last month. As the Jaipur DUG co-leader along with Force.com MVP Ankit Arora, we hosted a memorable meetup to embrace the ‘New Salesforce’.

The initial impressions – I liked what I saw of the Lightning Design System but obviously, I wanted to get my hands dirty and play around with it in detail. And that’s where Trailhead comes in!

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Best of both worlds!

To be honest, the phenomenal adoption of Trailhead has meant that it’s now the de-facto standard for learning anything new on the Salesforce platform. So, full marks to the Trailhead team for coming up with trails on the Lightning Design system even before it’s publicly available.

I’ve completed all 4 trails – they are intuitive, easy to understand and a great way to learn the various concepts for this new framework.

If you are a developer, these two trails would interest you.

Sales Rep Trail – Using Lightning Experience

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Developer Trail – Lightning Experience

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If you’re an admin, there’s a couple for you as well.

Admin Trail – Starting with Lightning Experience

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Admin Trail – Migrating to Lightning Experience

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And if you’re a Trailhead lover like me, I bet you’ll complete all four of them anyway! And the best part – learn something new, earn new badges and bragging rights! 😉

If you still haven’t started with Trailhead and Lightning, there will be plenty of help around at Dreamforce 2015 including hands-on labs, sessions and workshops. Of course, I’ll be there as well and although I’m presenting on topics which do not involve either Lightning Design System or Trailhead, I’m looking forward to being a part of these sessions as an attendee.

See you at DF’15 in a couple of weeks!

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