VS Code Error – Cannot read property ‘componentFailures’ of null

If you get “Cannot read property ‘componentFailures’ of null” while working with VS Code and Salesforce, it means that the org is locked. What causes an org lock? Deployments, some metadata changes, compile all classes I think will also cause this. Pop in to Dev Console and try saving something and it should give you…

Silly Flow Trick: Record Count

On a project that has me doing a lot of Salesforce Flow. I’ve seen a lot of people using a loop to do record count which was probably the only solution a couple releases ago but with all of the enhancements constantly coming it is hard to keep up. Anyhoo, this is a quick way…

How to Find Salesforce Hostnames for URL Redirects in Flow

When doing custom salesforce buttons and actions, knowing what your hostname is and/or the instance you are on is important when trying to add functionality and redirects to other custom or managed package resources. And with Lightning and Apex you have javascript and the URL methods respectively in order to determine your URL and hostname…

Setting up local Git for Mac

Anytime I get a new machine I’m reminded that setting up git is both critical and not something I do that often. This is just a reminder post to myself on what it takes to get git working just local on a Mac: Homebrew – Package manager that is a critical install for any mac…

Salesforce Test Classes never complete

I recently ran in to an issue where my test classes were running and running but never completing. It being close to Summer 20 release I thought it would resolve itself and literally let one test class running for days/over the weekend. I tried multiple sandboxes/instances so I was pretty sure it was on the…

New Hosting

Well the time has come, we have finally moved off our old box/vm setup to a full VM environment. Previously I had a physical box rented from a colo where I had a main physical box serving as the Database and DNS server with 2 VM’s hanging off doing email and web respectfully. But times…

VS Code will not launch Chrome to Authenticate new Project

If you cancelled out or for whatever reason cannot get VS Code to launch a new browser window to authenticate your org do the following from command line: lsof -i tcp:1717 kill -9 <the process ID> Instructions are here: https://developer.salesforce.com/docs/atlas.en-us.sfdx_dev.meta/sfdx_dev/sfdx_dev_troubleshoot_cancel_auth.htm Sounds easy to remember…but then a couple months pass and here I sit wondering why I…

Silly Dev Trick: Apex Flex Queue with Web Callouts

More of a watch out for this but when using Apex Flex Queue with classes that do web callouts you have to add ‘Database.AllowsCallouts’ to your queueable class like so: public class ExampleQueueableClass implements Queueable, Database.AllowsCallouts{ This got me but after the usual hunt and peck the googles answered the call: https://salesforce.stackexchange.com/a/216346/17245 This is the error the…

SFDX Command Process Quick Reference

There are some great resources for Salesforce DX but it can be confusing knowing which commands align with the functionality you’re trying to execute. Below are some commands and examples of a basic workflow for setting up DX, pulling data from a sandbox using a change set instead of creating a package.xml, and then pushing it…