For the time being, Salesforce developers faced many specific challenges like continuous integrations, automated testing, scaffolding Salesforce Org, tracking dependencies, etc. However, solutions for all such problems used to come almost instantaneously from a knowledgeable and vibrant community of Salesforce developers who use it for business purposes.
However, after a long wait, the Salesforce developers have now got the provider-initiated solutions of these problems with a chance to experience the next big innovation – Salesforce DX. Getting released after the beta now, it already becomes ubiquitous among business app developer fraternity and the business administrators who are following Salesforce for years.
The developers expect that many of the DevOps challenges may come to an end with the introduction of Salesforce Dx. In this article, we will discuss a few of them, which are seemingly the most important.
#1. The advantage of Scratch Orgs
Creating Orgs and setting them up in the new Salesforce Dx environment is much easier and quicker now. The commands which developers may need for this process are already available in the official releases. Using it will help you create your customized Developer Orgs.
#2. Ongoing integration
Continuous integration needed the developers to share various scripts with the repository. It was very difficult previously it has to be done multiple times a day. However, as Flosum.com points out, Salesforce Dx is more of a CLI based CRM which supports Circle, Travis, or Jenkins developer environments, which will help avoid regression.
#3. Source driven development
Extracting the source code from the version control system of Salesforce CRM was quite a troublesome task, and auto-deploying Salesforce instances made it more complicated. However, now you can easily maintain a unique file as project-scratch-def.json to gain complete control of the project.
#4. Automated data load
The data load between different Orgs is automated now. There is a common point data loading between Orgs. Managing this required a bit of manual labor and also knowledge of tools for data loading which are used to fetch datasets for Developer Orgs. Now, Salesforce Dx can write the query and run it through automating the process to get JSON files.
#5. Automation of test runs
#6. Managing multiple Orgs
With Salesforce Dx, another big advantage for developers is to build namespaces which are independent of any codes. Developers can simply deploy the code to the non-namespace org. It also supports namespace changes later.
Salesforce Dx has the capacity to support multiple scratch Orgs within the identical namespace. This means if the developer is sure about the namespace, they can hardcode this into the main code to make the task easier. This makes the designing and creation of Salesforce Lightning components quicker and easier for the other developers involved.
All in all, the adoption of Salesforce Dx as a developer-friendly platform, is a much straightforward process. More important, it is much cost-effective compared to many other such tools and also rewardingly agile to handle all types and levels of development actions.