Tuesday, December 1, 2020

PMI-ACP renewal PDUs

 Also today I've just finished the last online course to maintain my PMI-ACP certification, due for renewal in Feb 2021. For this cycle of 3 years I had to do 30 PDUs to maintain it.

For last few days I was watching some videos, approved by PMI, to earn those PDUs. As you may know, the rule of thumb is 1 PDU for 1 hour of conference or virtual event, so you can do the math. Quite a lot of information to review all theory tested by ACP exam, and even more.


Salesforce Sharing and Visibility Designer certification

Two days ago I got my 3rd Salesforce certification, Sharing and Visibility Designer:


This is the 1st one for architect level, one more to go for Salesforce solution architect. Yay!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

ServiceNow certification

I got my ServiceNow Admin certification more than 2 year ago and since then I took a few delta exams, an open-book exam about changes introduced by new releases. Until now those delta exams were free, and mandatory to maintain the certification, but with current release ("Paris") they introduced a $200 annual fee.

It was announced almost half a year ago but I didn't actually pay attention to that small detail. Today I received an email reminding me the calendar, as the exam should happen before Jan 7th, 2021.

Sorry ServiceNow, but I think I'll just let this certification expire. My initial plans were different and didn't use this certification at all, so paying $200 / year just to maintain it is out of question. I intend to maintain some other certifications I have, and I'd do it for ServiceNow, too, if they were free, but not in these new conditions they introduced.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

.NET 5.0

Launched yesterday at dotnetconf.net I've just installed .NET 5.0:

  • Downloaded and installed .NET 5 SDK. Checked.
  • Updated Visual Studio to 18.6. Checked.
  • Read the release notes. Checked.
  • Read EF Core 5.0 release notes. Checked.
  • Watch dotnetconf.net. Checked.
No more release candidate version, and no more .NET Core (except EF), but one unified platform. I'd like that, when all parts will be ready.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Salesforce platform developer 1 certification

 As planned, today I took and happily passed my 2nd Salesforce certification: platform developer 1.


The next one for Salesforce Application Architect credential path will have to wait a while, as the preparation for it will take a bit longer, but hopefully will come.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Salesforce certifications

 I played with my own org in Salesforce for a while, but lately a few things aligned, mainly the company I'm working for just moved to Salesforce. It was a pretty big move, delivered by a big name in consulting services, but now slowly we (app dev department) have to take more and more on the support part. So I decided to get certified with Salesforce.

Besides this, the company also moved to DocuSign (of course, for e-signatures), which happily integrates with Salesforce. Again we had some consultants working on this, but that sparked also my interest.

DocuSign has free developer instances, which I registered and integrated with Salesforce (dev org). Then, registered with DocuSign University (separate registration), reading the docs, testing and tried (successfully) a first certification: DocuSign eSignature Template Specialist 2020. Then a more important one I was interested, DocuSign eSignature for Salesforce Specialist 2020 (after reading and testing the manual + University exercises). Yay! It worked, and even better, all free.

Then the focus was back to Salesforce certification, which I prepared for quite some time. First one is App Builder which I passed 2 days ago:


Yay again! Next one is logically Salesforce Platform Developer 1, which I intend to try in a few days. Hopefully I'll have good news on this one too, very soon.

Keeping busy these special conditions of working from home.

Monday, July 20, 2020

ASP.NET Core trick: breakpoint for 404 errors

I had an 404 error for a test web app that used a NGINX reverse-proxy config file, which was pretty hard to track it down. Most of the routes worked fine, except pages under an /admin folder, all throwing 404 error, page not found.

The easiest thing to track it down is a break-point somewhere, but where exactly, for a page that's not found? So, I added temporarily a middleware in Startup.cs, by the book:

app.Use(async (context, next) =>
{
// Do work that doesn't write to the Response.
await next.Invoke();
// Do logging or other work that doesn't write to the Response.
});

Then just add the break-point on highlighted line and inspect the Request object.

In my case I only needed a backslash in proxy_pass parameter of NGINX's config file.