Tuesday, 4 October 2011

This Is The Strangest Thing Ive Seen In Salesforce

So do we all agree that there's no problem if you want to insert a record on 1 object and after that has inserted correctly, no problem, you
immediately want to insert another record on a different object.

Wrong! You must be joking right. I do this all the time. Well there are certain times when this is not possible
I was making a unit test in a Sandbox and I was populating a custom setting with data. Then immediately after I was trying to insert
an Account record. Now I'd setup my test data I then performed my unit tests and ran the unit test in Eclipse. The unit test passed. Perfect.
Then later that day I was running All Tests in the same sandbox and to my surprise my new unit test failed. I knew there hadn't been any changes to code, meta data, data, or anything
on my sandbox. So after some investigation I came across this article

I also looked at

From this information I wrapped System.runas around the insert statement that created the custom setting record to run this code as System Administrator, as shown below. The result was the unit test passed in both Eclipse and in the browser when I logged into Salesforce.

    Profile systProfileID = [Select id From Profile where Name Like 'System Administrator' LIMIT 1];
    list<User> us1 = [Select id From User where ProfileID=: and IsActive=true limit 1];
    if (us1.size() > 0){
            //insert custom setting record

    //now you can safely insert any standard object record

This certainly qualifies as 1 of the most strangest bugs I've come across in Salesforce. Be aware!

Using The Builder Pattern

If you have a class which has specific methods, variables, properties which always need to be set and run and possibly not on the construction of the class, using the Builder Pattern is a very useful way to do this.
The Builder Pattern is a clearer and more efficient way of setting up the environment of a class.

If you were to set and run methods, variables, properties on construction of the class you might as well do this in the class's constructor method.
But if you wanted to set specific environment setting a bit later then builder methods are ideal

Here is the code of a class that uses the Builder Pattern
public class ThisClass{

private String HerName;
private String HerJob;
private String Herotherjob;

public ThisClass setName(String passName){
    return this;

public ThisClass setJob(String passJob,String otherjob){
    Herotherjob= otherjob;
    return this;

public ThisClass setJob(String passJob){
    return this;


This invokes the Builder Pattern class above and uses the Builder Pattern on lines 2 and 3. As you can see all the work was done on just 1 line.
1. ThisClass cls = new ThisClass();

2. cls.setName('Liz').setJob('Secret Agent','Window Cleaner'); //This uses the 1st variety of setJob

3. cls.setName('Liz').setJob('Secret Agent'); //This uses the 2nd variety of setJob

For more information and a useful example on the  Builder Pattern see

Setting Up Salesforce To Salesforce

Note: not all records of objects can be shared using Salesforce To Salesforce

First of all lets get the basics out of the way. Follow the steps in

Now for some of the things that Salesforce don't tell you, or it is difficult to find information on.

Regarding the manual sharing records using  "Forward to connection" button. Well I've never personally found this button so if anyone does see this anywhere please tell me.

Sharing Accounts and Attachments Using Code
If you want to share attachments make sure that Setup > Security > 'HTML Documents and Attachments Settings' is not ticked otherwise you won't be able to share certain file types.

Attachments need to have a record associated with it, such as an Account record. You need first of all share the Account record with the other Salesforce orgs first before you can share any Attachments. So of course the donor needs to have Account set up in Connection > Published Objects

Here is some code which will allow you to share the Account and then the Attachment.

List<PartnerNetworkConnection> connMap = new List<PartnerNetworkConnection>();
connMap=[select Id, ConnectionStatus, ConnectionName from PartnerNetworkConnection   where ConnectionStatus = 'Accepted'] ;
Account acc =[Select id From Account where id = '<<Account ID>>'];
for(PartnerNetworkConnection network : connMap) {  
     PartnerNetworkRecordConnection newrecord = new PartnerNetworkRecordConnection();
    newrecord.ConnectionId = network.Id;
    newrecord.LocalRecordId =;
    newrecord.SendClosedTasks = true;
    newrecord.SendOpenTasks = true;
    newrecord.SendEmails = true;  
    insert newrecord;

Now that the Account has been shared you can share the Attachment.

Attachment att =[Select id,IsPartnerShared  From Attachment where Parentid='<<Account ID>>'];
att.IsPartnerShared =true;
update att;

If you want to share Attachments manually once the Account has been shared, click edit on the Attachment and a 'Share with Connections' tick box will now be available, tick this and the Attachment will now be shared.

You can setup the recipients to automatically accept shared records. If you do the records will become live automatically in the recipient org, otherwise you need to go to the Account tab, scroll down to  'Accounts from Connections' section, press Go will display any shared Accounts which you can now accept.