How to get started with Salesforce 1 platform Development

Salesforce have unveiled Salesforce 1, a new CRM platform to better connect with customers and to keep up with latest trends to reassure public that they are not falling behind. Seemingly there are lots of phenomena like Social, mobile applications, wearable devices, and cloud computing,  so clearly business are looking for more tactical solution that meet the target implementations. Salesforce revamped the platform by consolidating all internet based technologies into one single service that companies can use to built out their offering and spend more time and focus on customer.

Salesforce CRM - AhaApps

Salesforce 1, incorporates numerous API all into one platform with additional streaming API. Now most important things here to note is Salesforce is free for all user and even for developers free account. Clearly all the existing users will automatically be updated.

Design Your First Mobile Application

Go to setup on your developer instance and type in ‘Salesforce1’ in quick search box and type in Salesforce 1 to make sure you have enable Salesforce1 instance as shown here.

Salesforce CRM App settings - AhaApps

To get started, you need a sample application and this application is pre-created by Salesforce to give you a vague idea of how the application is designed and can be used. Jump here to steps shown in this document in the link below


* These are steps mentioned over on Salesforce 1 documentation:

Install Salesforce 1 Application Package to Quick Start

You might be familiar with the Warehouse app if you’ve gone through the tutorials in the Force.comWorkbook. We took the Warehouse data from that guide and added a few extra things to it to help show you what Salesforce1 can do.


  • Go to www.salesforce.com and log in to Salesforce using your Developer Edition credentials.
  • Open a new browser tab or window, and navigate to https://github.com/forcedotcom/Salesforce1-Dev-Guide-Setup-Package. Do this in the same browser that you used to log into your developer organization with.
  • Open the README file.
  • Click the bit.ly link in the README file. This is the installation link for the enhanced Warehouse data package. You should be taken directly into your development organization to the Package Installation Details page.
  • Click Continue.
  • Click Next.
  • Click Next.
  • Click Install.
  • Wait for the installation to finish.
  • From the Force.com app menu, select Warehouse.
  • Click the Data tab.
  • Click Create Data.


All right! The last step is to download the Salesforce1 app, then we’ll be ready to roll.

Download the Application for Apple/Andriod

Salesforce CRM mobile app - AhaApps

Pass on credential to login and select the warehouse application on the run and you will this confirmation message once you successfully install the application


Enough of Administration now lets jump back to development and create a quick visualforce page to see how this work. Salesforce had provided some sample code with required static resource that you have already installed in the platform

Create a Visualforce Page

Now we’ll create a Visualforce page and make it available from the navigation menu.


This Visualforce page references these items:


  • A static resource named googleMapsAPI
  • An Apex class named findNearby


* Note this visualforce page comes in the package you have just installed


Make sure you have Mobile enabled on Visualforce Pages properties

Salesforce CRM warehouse page - AhaApps

Open /apex//apex/FindNearbyWarehousesPage.

Salesforce Visualforce tab- AhaApps

Create a New VisualForce Tab

To take this application to your Salesforce 1 Mobile Application, create a new Visualforce Tab.

Salesforce visualforce tab- AhaApps

Add the Tab to the Navigation Menu

Now let us add this tab to Mobile Navigation Menu

Salesforce platform mobile navigation - AhaApps

Increase GeoLocation Miles to bring California for Multiple Pins

And Since I am located in Austin, Texas so 2000 miles from here will bring California location in my Map, go to the FindNearby class and increase the radius

Salesforce platform development - AhaApps

Test Application on your Phone!

Thanks for your interest in building mobile applications using Salesforce1 platform. While you are at it check out our previous post on dealing with Large Data on Salesforce.