Exam Objectives: Advanced Developer

The Salesforce.com Certified Force.com Advanced Developer exam measures a candidate’s knowledge and skills related to the objectives listed below. A candidate should have hands-on experience developing custom applications on the Force.com platform and have demonstrated the application of each of the following features/functions.

Development Lifecycle 13%

  • List and describe the key features, tools, and technologies of application lifecycle management and Force.com development
  • Describe best practices for managing multi-team and multi-project development initiatives with Force.com and describe how to use these best practices
  • List and describe the various development and test environments available on the Force.com platform
  • Describe how to manage sandbox environments
  • Given a scenario, determine whether to use package or metadata deployment
  • Describe how to use the Force.com migration tool
  • Describe the capabilities and constraints of metadata text files for manipulating application metadata
  • Describe the requirements and processes for deploying changes to an application using a metadata tool

Apex Code 33%

  • List and describe the features of Apex and distinguish between it and other programming languages
  • Describe when and why to use Apex
  • List and describe syntax features of Apex
  • Describe the ways Apex can be invoked
  • Describe use cases for Apex in an integration scenario
  • Describe how to send and receive email via Apex
  • Describe use cases for dynamic Apex
  • Describe use cases for batch Apex
  • Describe the save execution order and use of before and after triggers
  • Describe the types of governor limits and contexts and the rationale behind them
  • Describe how to write scalable code that handles bulk operations

Visualforce 38%

  • Describe the benefits, functions, and features of Visualforce and how it conforms to the model-viewcontroller pattern
  • Describe how to incorporate Visualforce pages into Force.com applications
  • Describe how to create data, action, and component binding expressions
  • List and describe syntax features of Visualforce
  • Describe best practices for incorporating static resources, stylesheets, and other content into Visualforce pages
  • Describe how to create and use a Visualforce page as the template for multiple pages
  • Describe how to handle client-side behavior through the use of either standard components or custom JavaScript
  • Describe and incorporate proper error-handling techniques
  • Describe how to create a custom component and the benefits of custom components versus other techniques for code reuse
  • Describe how to leverage PDF generation
  • Distinguish between standard controllers, custom controllers, and extensions
  • Describe the request lifecycle of a Visualforce page
  • Describe viewstate and the stateful programming model of Visualforce
  • Describe the benefits of using Apex classes as structs or wrappers of subjects

Testing and Debugging 16%

  • Describe the techniques and tools available to debug, test, and monitor Apex code execution
  • List and describe the contents and use of the System Log
  • Describe how to create and run unit tests as well as techniques for achieving 100% test coverage
  • Describe how to test Visualforce controllers
  • Describe how to test email send and receive in different environments
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