iForce - Sublime text plugin for salesforce development.
I wrote a small plugin for sublime text to develop salesforce. I’m glad to share one of my idea to project execution.
My recent project was developing a mobile app (jquery mobile) for salesforce. I find it is tedious to use eclipse/Force IDE for modifying single APEX page, the rich-text editor with syntax highlighting provided by salesforce web interface is not very helpful.
As “productive” developer I was looking for other options, I found ForceDotBundle for textmate and Mavenmate for Sublime text.
I settled with ForceDotBundle atlast, as I figured I don’t need all the features of Mavenmate. I could not recommend any to my fellow teammates, who use Windows as their primary development machine. As far as I know there is no real alternate to Eclipse/ForceIDE for Windows users.
So I saw an opportunity to learn to develop sublimetext plugin. My initial feature set were
✔ Basic Authentication
✔ Get latest version of source files from salesforce org
✔ Push local changes to salesforce
✔ Auto syntax highlight/color
✔ Snippets (boilerplate code for new apex class/trigger/page)
☐ Keep changesets in local git repo
☐ Option to run SOQL query without leaving sublimetext
☐ Get fields of a an object by selecting object name.
☐ Execute selected code and return results (Developer console)
I settled with deploying code with ant, as my original idea of calling webserivce to push/pull/execute would require good knowledge of python which I lack at the moment.