The Bay Area Salesforce Developer User Group was officially formed in December of 2012 when I assumed the role of co-organizer with Force.com. My three assistant organizers have been invaluable in this effort. Don Robins was one of our first presenters, Josh Hoskins took charge of our special Mobile Week meetup and John Brock created and manages our Twitter account at @ForceDevMeetup.
Each month, we meet to explore a wide range of developer-related topics. We’ve covered a lot of ground since December and have had a number of great presentations from some of the industry’s finest. For example:
- 12/5/2012 – Developer User Group Kickoff Meeting. For our first meeting, author Dan Appleman gave a presentation on some of his latest adventures with custom settings in Apex.
- 1/16/2013 – Don Robins presented on his mobile series, Developing Mobile Applications with Force.com and Sencha Touch.
- 2/27/2013 – Shoby Abdi presented on Node.JS and I kicked the night off with a short presentation on instructive static resources.
- 4/3/2013 – Richard Seroter gave us a tour de force of using the Force.com integration APIs to connect applications.
- 4/22/2013 – Mobile Week. Three excellent presentations on the new Force.com mobile technologies from Dave Carroll, Raja Rao DV and Eugene Oksman.
- 5/29/2013 – I presented sections from my latest Pluralsight course, Force.com Design Patterns – Part 2.
As you can see, we’ve been a rather active group and have had great participation from the community. Since I took over from Salesforce last December and transitioned the group to a more community-based developer user group, our enrollment has increased from roughly 450 to the 775 members we have today.
If you’re a Force.com developer, an aspiring developer or just interested in learning more about the platform, please join us! Everyone is welcome and the pizza alone is worth the trip. Our next meeting is tentatively set for July 10th, see our website for more information.
– Adam Purkiss, MondayCall Principle Architect
Leader of the Bay Area Salesforce Developer User Group (SFDUG)