Salesforce Trailhead Leaderboard

Trailhead Leaderboard - Salesforce Trailblazers - Techforce Services

Hello Trailblazers,

If you are blazing through salesforce trailhead

  • to learn and practice your salesforce skills or
  • to prepare for your salesforce certification or
  • to improve your salesforce development & implementation knowledge,

in the process of doing the trails, you want to know how much you have progressed in the ocean of trails, modules, projects, and Superbadges globally and where you stand currently among the other global trailblazers who are using Salesforce trailhead.

here are some of the (unofficial) trailhead leaderboards developed by the community where you can enroll/register your trailhead profile and check your progress with the other trailblazers.

 Trailhead Leader Board(unofficial)

1.Trailhead Leaderboard


2018-03-09 (1)



2018-03-09 (2)

3.Top Trailblazers


2018-03-09 (3)

4. Salesforcenextgen


2018-03-09 (4)

5.Trailhead Leaderboard


2018-03-09 (6)

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Salesforce Platform Developer II Certification

Salesforce Platform Developer II

If you are taking up the Salesforce Platform Developer II certification, then you should be aware of the new system under which you will be getting this credential.

  1. You need to complete the below 4 Superbadges in Salesforce Trailhead
    1. Apex Specialist
    2. Advanced Apex Specialist
  2. You have to register for the Platform Developer II Multiple choice exam in Webassessor and pass the exam
  3. Once you have completed all the 4 superbadges, you will receive an email from Salesforce Trailhead team with the instructions to link your Trailhead and Webassessor accounts (Note - it might take upto a week for you to get this email after you completed all the 4 superbadges)
  4. Following the instructions, You have to Link your Trailhead and Webassessor profiles and verify your profiles.
  5. After you have completed
    1. all 4 superbadges thru Trailhead,
    2. passed the exam thru Webassessor and
    3. linked your Trailhead and Webassessor profiles,
  6. Salesforce will then award you the Platform Developer II credential. Note again - this might take upto a week once you have completed both 1 and 2 and linked and verified both your Trailhead and Webassessor profiles
  7. Here's the reference from Salesforce Certification Knowledge Base about the overall process and a quick screen shot of the instructions

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The Salesforce Certified Platform Developer II certification validates the below skills,experience,and knowledge:

  • Understands the principles and best practices of Salesforce data modeling, interfacedesign, code development, and testing, and can apply these principles in real-world development environments.
  • Is capable of defining appropriate solutions to meet specific business
    challenges/process requirements to extend/customize the platform by applying knowledge of declarative and programmatic features of the Force.com platform.
  • Is competent developing Apex code that will scale to large data sets; has a good understanding of platform behaviors, limits, and performance considerations.
  • Can build custom user interfaces to display and interact with Salesforce data using the Lightning Component Framework, advanced Visualforce, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • Is competent tuning Visualforce pages and understands performance implications of the controller design.
  • Understands and applies best practices for general web and Salesforce-specific security concerns.
  • Can design and implement complex sharing models using declarative and programmatic methods.
  • Can design and implement a test plan that ensures adequate quality (e.g., code coverage, application behaviors, scalability, environment independence, security)across application components.
  • Can deploy custom applications, has a broad understanding of the Force.com development lifecycle, and understands deployment tools and knows when to apply each tool.
  • Understands and uses Apex SOAP and REST web services and how to call out from Apex using SOAP and REST.
  • Understands and uses asynchronous programming – queueable, batchable,schedulable, @future, etc.
  • Understands and applies appropriate techniques for error and exception handling in various programmatic contexts.
  • Implements best practices for trigger development and design patterns, other business logic development, and reuse.
  • Knows how to surface Lightning Components on a Lightning page and with Quick Actions.
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Salesforce Advanced Apex Specialist – Trailhead Superbadge

Salesforce Advanced Apex Specialist - Trailhead Superbadge
Continuing my quest with trailhead #SeizetheTrail , the last one in my list is the Advanced Apex Specialist Superbadge ..  I started working on this superbadge and this post is to document some of the findings / tips / gotchas as I progress thru this one.. Step 1
  • make sure you create the Custom metadata records with the exact same names given (that matches the product families)
  • in the constants apex class, declare all the properties as public static
Step 2
  • OrderTrigger needs to handle only after update event
  • OrderTrigger should use the Orderhelper internally for the rollup
  • Don't forget to remove the "with sharing" from the orderHelper class
Step 3
  • Override the Add and New button under Product object to use the visualforce page
  • Product2New visualforce page
    • in the pageblock table columns, use the field labels as headers using $ObjectType
    • update the column values to use the productRecord fields inside the productwrapper
    • use apex:chart to display the horizantal bar chart in a separate pageblock above the table
    • reRender the required components from the Save and Add buttons
  • Product2Extension apex class
    • Make the Controller class "Without Sharing"
    • add the inner class ProductWrapper
    • replace the list of products with list of productwrapper
    • use Savepoint in the Save method
    • iterate thru the productWrapper and extract the products and pricebookentries and insert them separately
    • use try catch block and do a rollback if there are any errors
  • ChartHelper apex class
    • Make the ContChartHelperroller class "Without Sharing"
    • move the chart data initialisation logic to Chart Helper class
    • make the GetInventory method @AuraEnabled
Step 4 This is probably the simplest of all the steps.. update theTestDataFactory class to handle the key requirements given..
  • Make sure all the methods in the TestDataFactory class are Public Static and the class is marked "with sharing"
  • all the construct methods should create the mentioned objects with the required fields and unique names and return the records without inserting them
  • use the Insert method to call all the construct methods and then insert the records returned from those methods.
Step 5
  • Update the VerifyQuantityOrdered method in TestDataFactory with a System.Assert to compare the Quantity Ordered between the Updated product and the original product plus the incoming quantity
  • run both OrderTests and Product2Extension_UnitTest and make sure both the test classes are passing  and the classes they are intended to cover has more than 75% coverage
Step 6
  • Don't forget to create the chatter group "Inventory Announcements" .. mark it public and tick the disable auto archive checkbox and use the description text given
  • update the product trigger to handle only after update and use the product helper class to handle the after update logic
  • update the product helper class AfterUpdate method to use the postAlerts method which in turn will be using the AnnouncementQueueable class to process the chatter group notification
  • AnnouncementQueueable is a Queueable class and uses ConnectApi to post the announcement
Step 7
  • Override the New and Edit buttons under the Order object to use the OrderEdit visualforce page
Step 8   This was my last superbadge and by completing this Advanced Apex Specialist Superbadge , I'm now eligible for Platform Developer II certificate provided I clear the multiple choice exam.. 🙂 Good luck to you all if you are working on this superbadge or preparing for the Salesforce Platform Developer II certification.  
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Salesforce Lightning Component Framework Specialist – Trailhead Superbadge

Salesforce Platform Developer II
I've successfully completed the Lightning Component Framework Specialist superbadge & this post documents some of the tips & tricks / gotchas that I noticed as I progressed thru this superbadge.. Overall it took me close to 7 hrs (split across 3 days) to complete this with the below breakdown of steps..
  • Day 1 - Step 1, Step 2, Step 3
  • Day 2 - Step 4, Step 5, Step 6
  • Day 3 - Step 7, Step 8, Step 9, Step 10
Note : This superbadge is both a direct part of the Salesforce Platform Developer II certification and also required to unlock the Advanced Apex specialist superbadge which is again part of the Salesforce Platform Developer II certification below is the list of points I noted down (categorised by Steps).. hope this helps you if you are working on the superbadge. Step 1 make sure you read the pre requisite steps and complete all of them..
  • use a New Trailhead Playground environment,
  • disable the component cache in the setup
  • install the unmanaged package, 
  • understand the naming conventions to be used in the javascript controller & helper methods
  • review the data model of the objects introduced by the unmanaged package and check if the data has been imported in those new objects.
Step 2 Read & Understand the use case and visualise the layout of the entire page and how the individual components are fitting in and communicating between them.
  • this step entirely focuses on the BoatSearchForm component so make sure the UI of this component is fully ready
  • make sure the "New" button visibility is controlled by checking the support for the createRecord event
  • create both the Lightning page and the Lightning app containing all the 3 components we created before.
Step 3
  • This step focuses on the BoatSearchResults component
  • you will be creating a component to handle the display of each boat tile
Step 4
  • This step focuses on the communication between the search form & the search results component and how the search results refresh based on the selected boat type
  • make sure the FormSubmit lightning event is of type Component and not Application
Step 5
  • The BoatSelectedEvent is of type Application
Step 6
  • make sure the BoatReviewAdded lightning event is of type Component and not Application
  • In the AddBoatReview component, create both the controller and helper methods and make sure from the helper method and set the response back to the boat review attribute or log the error back to the browser console
Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10 References Use the Salesforce Developer Forum and Stack Exchange discussions when you have exhausted all the options you can think of while solving a Step.. without trying your own attempts, referring these discussion threads will not help.. Good luck with the Super Badge and also with the Platform Developer II Certification.
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