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Salesforce Development Lifecycle Explained

Salesforce Development Lifecycle
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Cloud-based systems have captivated people’s minds and achieved a dominant industry position. But developing a cloud-based solution like the Salesforce instance is a complex task. Salesforce projects are developed using Eclipse, making it effortless to be integrated using a plugin. But the Salesforce development lifecycle is not very linear and simple. 

To ensure successful development, Salesforce developers must work on many aspects while reducing the possible stress and risks and maintaining faster deployments and development productivity. 

What Makes Salesforce Development Lifecycle Unique?

The Salesforce development environment is an integrated setup equipped to create Force.com apps using Visualforce, Apex, and metadata components. Unlike any other software development platform, it is built on Eclipse and can be integrated with applications using any plugin. 

The most interesting thing about the Salesforce development lifecycle is that all the data is saved on a local and centralized file system, allowing developers to migrate chances only to the source repository and then to Salesforce.

Actors Involved in Salesforce Development Lifecycle

To achieve successful Salesforce development, many actors have to come along and share multiple responsibilities. These specialists involved in a Salesforce development lifecycle are Product Manager, Release Manager, Salesforce Developer, Quality Engineer, and Salesforce Administrator.

Stages Involved in Salesforce Development Lifecycle

Before you get your expected Salesforce project, it goes through numerous stages in the Salesforce development lifecycle. Here we have explained all these stages involved in the lifecycle. 

1. Discovery

This is the first phase of the Salesforce development lifecycle, which involves gathering, reviewing, and finalizing the requirements for development, which is further shared with the development team for deeper analysis.

2. Set Up Source Control Repository

Maintain a separate Git repository for your project that includes a default branch, playing the role of the Master branch. The Master branch will store the production metadata. The release manager creates multiple branches for features of the development project to be handled by different Salesforce developers. 

3. Development

Salesforce developers would work on the production in sandboxes, ensuring that the code doesn’t affect the main Salesforce org. Force.com IDE allows connecting sandboxes and retrieving metadata to the IDE. After doing the needed coding, the first level of unit testing will begin. 

4. Testing

After finishing the development, the code will go to the testing team. Like the developers, the QA team maintains sandboxes to migrate the code to be tested. There might be a situation when team members only get to test an individual feature. For such cases, they would use Partial Copy Sandboxes. QA team members can also share their sandboxes if thorough testing is needed for some vital features.

5. Acceptance Testing

The Salesforce development project then reaches further for user acceptance testing. Apart from developers and testers in this testing, other potential users would perform the final testing to verify if the solution is according to the expectation.

Partial sandboxes would be created by the release manager to be used by product managers for testing. 

6. Product Release

In the last phase, the focus will be on all performance testing. This kind of testing is carried out on intermediate sandboxes, which include all the solution features, unlike partial sandboxes. Rigorous testing and regression testing are performed, and after passing all the levels of testing, the product goes to release.

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The entire Salesforce development lifecycle involves a team working on a Salesforce development project, ensuring a highly functional and fully tested solution. 

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