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Public SalesLogix Web Developer Classes On The Way

Ever since the new SalesLogix 7.2 Web client and platform was released, I've had numerous requests for development training. Until now, I've done that on a very individualized basis, providing web training to single companies at a time. I've decided that it is time to make my web development training classes public, and I'd like your feedback.

The training classes will be done online, in short easy to digest chunks. The class will basically consist of 3 full days of training, spread out across three weeks. There will be approximately three sessions per week, each session lasting around 2+ hours each. To get the most out of the class, it will be expected that you spend some time working on the assigned practice examples in-between sessions.

The basic outline, for now, will consist of the following:

Beginner Track

  1.  Application Architect walk-through and terminology
    1. QuickForms
    2. SmartParts
    3. Entity model and relationships
    4. Interfaces
    5. Portals and pages
    6. Looking under the hood and understanding how it all comes together
  2. Setting up new portals and development environments
    1. IIS configuration
    2. Deployment configuration & process
  3. QuickForm customization
  4. Creating new 1:1 QuickForms & entity level tabs
  5. Creating new 1:Many QuickForms with grids and edit/detail forms
  6. Creating and installing bundles

Intermediate Track

  1. Creating new entities
  2. Creating new MainView pages
  3. Creating entity insert screens
  4. Creating simple business rules
  5. Creating simple entity event handlers
  6. Troubleshooting & debugging
    1. A look at troubleshooting both out of the box issues and your own customizations
    2. Best practices for optimal development debugging and testing
    3. Using tools such as Visual Studio, Reflector, Firebug, etc
Advanced Track
  1. Creating complex business rules
  2. Writing code for the entity model, repositories, & NHibernate queries
  3. Creating business rules in Visual Studio
  4. Creating custom SmartParts (visual UI elements) in Visual Studio
  5. Creating and using mashups
  6. Using mashups in custom SmartParts 
The expert track below will likely be a completely separate class (or classes) that will not be a part of the timeline mentioned for the developer class above.

Expert Track

  1. SData & REST
    1. Consuming SData feeds from external applications
    2. Creating and updating entity data via REST
    3. Integrating SalesLogix with other systems using SData/REST
  2. Process Orchestration (workflow)
    1. Using process orchestration
      1. Sequential, event driven processes
      2. Goal driven processes
    2. Creating new process orchestration tasks in Visual Studio
    3. Integrating SalesLogix with other systems using process orchestration

Cost of the classes to follow at a later date. Obviously, we can't offer Sage certification, the training is meant to provide an inexpensive, easy to attend, and quick way to get developing for SalesLogix web now. The class will also focus on 7.5. Attendees will be given access to forums where discussions from class can continue, code shared, etc, to help while working through practice examples.

I'd love to hear your feedback

What topics would you like to see covered? What things have caused you frustration when working with SalesLogix Web that would be helpful in a training class? Let me know in the comments below or via the "Contact" link to the right.

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About Ryan Farley

   Ryan Farley is the Director of Development for Customer FX and creator of slxdeveloper.com. He's been blogging regularly about SalesLogix since 2001 and believes in sharing with the community. He loves C#, Javascript, Python, web development, open source, and Linux. He also loves his hobby as an amateur filmmaker.

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Brett Cruickshank said:

Can you possibly consider International trainees ?

I would love my staff to attend but we are in OZ ...

September 2, 2008 6:08 PM

Ryan Farley said:

Hi Brett,

I would love to have international trainees. I guess it just comes down to having an acceptable time (or times?)


September 2, 2008 6:11 PM

Khevna said:

This will be the best solution for me.. I need to learn web and implement it in my environment. I am used to the LAN client but not the web...

September 4, 2008 12:33 PM

DanCarvin said:

I'd like to see a class focusing on C# for those who's previous coding experince is primarily in the LAN versions of SLX.

September 15, 2008 4:34 PM

Stubarev Denis said:

It is excellent idea. When employment will begin?

September 19, 2008 1:38 AM

P Rowlinson said:

It is a great idea, and since the web client is full featured the topics you mentioned on integrating into other systems is great.  Plus mashups and the ability to bring other applets into SalesLogix would be good too.

September 22, 2008 8:06 AM

Brett Willis said:

What is the cost? I am interested.

September 25, 2008 2:51 PM

Jim T said:

I've been looking for just such a class for several weeks now. I'd be the beginner track, but myself, and my company, would be highly interested - I think this is a fantastic idea and fills a niche in the market quite nicely (for you :) )

September 26, 2008 11:31 AM

S. Bergmann said:

That would be a good thing!

If you worked out first dates and a pricing, then I would be very interested in those...

October 23, 2008 11:04 PM

CRM Developer said:

I announced a while ago that we will be offering some public developer training classes for SalesLogix Web. We will be making some changes to the class outline I posted earlier.

October 27, 2008 7:01 PM

Ram said:


I am intrested in the training. I am from india. Is it possible to attend the classes and pay the fees from here

June 19, 2009 3:44 AM

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