Tips and Takeaways From Getting the Apex Specialist Superbadge

I’ve started the new certification path for the Platform Developer II as I already passed the multiple choice question a long time ago but it was ridiculously hard getting a slot on the programming assignment. With this new format, I would need to complete these four superbadges.

So, 1 out 4 completed. I got the Apex Specialist Superbadge nailed.

For the Apex Specialist superbadge. There are a total of 6 mini challenges you need to complete. Requirements are straightforward. If you been developing on the platform for some time, the challenge should be a breeze. It took me 6 hours though to coymplete the challenge.

Takeaways from the challenge

  1. There are many options for building the solution. Just stick with where you are most familiar with.
  2. Use maps for more efficient querying and to bulkify your triggers
  3. I thought I already know all my JSON stuffs until I tried to manually parse a JSON string. Get familiar with using the JSON class methods. Check my post on Demystifiyng JSON parsing in Apex.
  4. Given another chance since the requirements are not that complicated this would’ve been a good practice to have tried test-driven development.

If you need help completing the challenge hit the comments below and I’ll be glad to help. Good luck on getting that superbadge.

Get Creative. Ignore Everbody

Just finished reading this great book by Hugh MacLeod. One of the books recommended by the author of Steal like an Artist. It’s fun and easy to read book. I particularly like the splash of comic strips to each chapter. This book is full of tips to inspire you to get creative, do the stuffs you love doing and not getting bogged down with the money aspects. It is more on finding what makes you tick to be creative and owning that work. Eventually something good would happen.

Check out the blog at https://www.gapingvoid.com/blog/

Get a copy of the book here

2017 Went By and Welcoming 2018

2017 went by so quickly and 2018 already started. Recapping the highlights of 2017 I can say I’ve achieved 3 out of the 5 goals I set earlier this year.

  • I’ve managed to finally revamp the design of this blog and made it mobile friendly, it is not 100% where I want it yet.
  • Started my own channel on Youtube. Just Another Dang How To Channel and gained around 170+ subscribers and 48K views in the first year.
  • Passive income added with some investments in term deposit and bought more Philippine stocks

Then I set out some very ambitious projects that I started but lost steam

  • Registered Quonsepto Limited company
  • Started to create a WP plugin
  • Signed up for Merch by Amazon

For 2018 I won’t put too much attention on the money aspect of doing something. I want to do some damn fine work, something that I enjoy doing and I feel proud of showing it to others.

  • Improve my listing for Merch By Amazon
  • Improve the video quality on my Youtube channel
  • Enhance the usability and creativity of this blog
  • Build my Quonsepto company

For the financial side of things, this is kinda ambitious and far fetch but would like it to be a reality.

  • Pay off the Philippine house loan by the end of 2018
  • Save enough for a downpayment for new house in NZ for 2019.

Just Another Dang How To Channel

Earlier last month I finally started a new Youtube Channel, it was an idea to start a tutorial course for topics I am most passionate about and doing at the moment. I was already doing this by blogging but found that doing video is soo much fun. I have started some PHP HowTos, Salesforce Communities HowTos and some Mac HowTos. I’ll probably match a video tutorial and a blog post in the future. Plan to grow channel with more HowTos as I further develop my skills in Javascript(nodejs, reactjs), mobile development(IOS and Android). Though still in it’s first month I have some decent views and have a very supportive comments from viewers.

Check out my channel and subscribe.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCunISgIeaqybaVKJ6Q6n1PA

2016 Highlights and 2017 Goals

2017 is just around the corner, 2016 may go down as my most memorable year. I have lost a very dear someone, but amidst all of that I have grown mentally stronger and I can say I have achieved most of the goals I have set.

Listing some highlights of my year.

  • Financial growth
    • achieved my target stock portfolio
    • paid house mortgage extra to decrease the monthly amortizations
    • increased my mutual funds and emergency funds
    • slowly achieving my retirement plan
  • Career growth
    • got promoted at work
    • grew my skills and looked up as being an expert
    • attended my first ever Dreamforce
  • Family and health
    • family is whole again as they have migrated to NZ and followed me here
    • been consistently fit as I have been to the gym religiously for the past two years(but still need to fix my diet). Got into 75KG bulk and cutting down to 73KG.
    • crossed off from my bucket list as family got a new SUV
    • and new baby on the way!!

Now setting some very ambitious goal for 2017. Goals without a plan simply a wish.

  • Build my way up to Technical Architect
  • Be a Salesforce MVP
  • Revamp my blog again(I say this every year)
  • Be a Youtuber – I want to get back to my basic roots and just be creative again, I’ll dabble back in graphics design and venture into video editing
  • Have another source of passive income