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  • Ajay DubediSalesforce Expert

  • AppExchange Development Checklist

    AppExchange development checklist while developing an application. AppExchange is the Salesforce center on which one can launch their own salesforce Application. Appexchange is the hub of thousands of application where Salesforce users can reach out to various paid and free applications as per their need. Appexchange helps more than 2000 Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to reach more that 120,000 customers offering applications that either extend CRM functionality or provide a solution entirely different from Salesforce CRM.


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  • AppExchange Development Checklist

    While developing an Application in salesforce I have always used the following checklist.

    1. Planning2. Developing3. Testing4. Publishing5. Maintaining


    AppExchange Development Checklist

  • Brainstorm an application idea: The application idea which is fresh and new on the platform

    and had some awesome features which will enhance the user experience or Salesforce as a CRM.

    Problem solving Domain/Industry Single feature or multiple features

    Background study: Make sure that you are not reinventing the wheel. Appexchange is already hosting several apps and have many applications with repetitive ideas. Applications trying to do the same thing in a better way is still appreciated but do make sure that your application is way better than the existing solutions.

    User Scenario: Make sure that all the User scenarios are very well thought of and does not leave any loose ends. When the purpose of the application is defined clearly still there may be a chance when some scenarios may have not thought of clearly.

    Salesforce Editions: Applications published on Appexchange can be easily installed on Developer edition, Unlimited edition, Enterprise edition.

    AppExchange Development Checklist

    1. Planning

  • Plan the Development: Several small size utility tool type application can be developed straight from the idea and may not need a development plan but the applications having some wizard of pages may need a phase wise release cycle.

    Configuration: Make sure which all features in the application can configurable and which can be fixed is a tricky decision. Think wearing a User hat. Making your application configurable will need Application configuration page or set of Custom settings being defined by Administrator.

    Develop: While developing applications in salesforce a developer will need the same set of Dos and Donts as in ideal salesforce developing phase.

    Dirty Code: Make sure your application is doing only those stuff which it is supposed to do. While writing triggers extra care should be take that the business logic is being executed only when certain is coming in place.

    AppExchange Development Checklist

    2. Developing

  • Basic Testing: can be done in the development org itself. Salesforce will request developers to have a separate developer org designated for testing. Make sure that no matter how complex a Salesforce Org can be configured but still your application will not get affected.

    Aloha App Testing: Applications can be installed and tested on profession edition once it is Aloha enabled. To get your application Aloha enabled you will have to submit a request from your Salesforce partner licence.

    Rigorous Testing: Make sure all the testing best practices were followed while testing the application. Triggers must be tested for bulkification, Web services must be tested for heavy usage, Visualforce pages, etc all the features and components in the package must be tested in a detailed fashion.

    AppExchange Development Checklist

    3. Testing


    Submit for Checkmarx: Security review is must for all the applications to be published in AppExchange. Checkmarx make sure that best practices in coding conventions are being followed.

    Submit for App Review: Always submit for App Review when you are absolutely sure that your application is bug free and you have all the explanations to defend the functionalities of your app. This is a lengthy process and might take 6-8 weeks. So do test the application end to end before submitting for review.

    Relax: Now you have 8 weeks to work on something else.

    Content: To publish an application on AppExchange one must have the Application Logo created in various resolution, Banners, screenshots, User installation guide, Application User guide, brief description, etc. These all content will be read and observed by your end users who will install your application from Appexchange so make sure they are attractive have precise and clear information.

    AppExchange Development Checklist

    4. Publishing

  • Many times it may be required that your application will need some tweaks and maintenance. Once some of the necessary change request are submitted by various app reviews and user experience then its always good to develop them and let the users know about it in advance. Communication is key when you are connecting with end users. Make sure that a new release should always be better than the old one.

    AppExchange Development Checklist

    5. Maintaining

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