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Saturday, September 10th, 2011

How To Setup and Run CloudConnector

In a previous post, I introduced a script that I developed that allows querying and displaying data from a Salesforce org in a Google spreadsheet.  I am still awaiting approval for the script to be posted to the Google Apps Scripts Gallery.  The galley hosts a bunch of scripts that can be easily imported into a google doc.  In the mean time, if you would like to use the script, I have put together the following how to use the script in any Google spreadsheet.   If you would like to contribute to the script please feel free to fork away.  The script can be found on github: https://github.com/gidzone/cloudconnector.

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Monday, September 5th, 2011

NodeJS with Salesforce

Over the past couple weeks I have had some down time. I have been wanting to take a closer look at node.js ever since it was released as a part the Celadon Cedar stack. If you have used heroku in the past, getting node.js up and running was pretty straight forward. They have a pretty good getting started guide over here: http://devcenter.heroku.com/articles/node-js. Even if you have not used heroku in the past, this guide is right on the money.

As I started to experiment more with node.js, I wanted to be able post data from a node.js application running on heroku to Salesforce.com via the REST API. Fortunately, Josh Birk wrote a nice article on how to use node.js with the new Apex REST (http://blogs.developerforce.com/developer-relations/2011/06/using-nodejs-with-forcecom.html). Leveraging the CRUD methods from node.js REST wrapper that Josh built for APEX REST I was able to easily create records in salesforce. I refactored this code a bit in order to take advantage of (and get more experience with) the out of the box features of express and node-oauth packages.
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Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Introducing CloudConnector

CloudConnector is a Google Apps Script that allows a SOQL query to be executed from a Google Spreadsheet and display the results.  I released the first version of this script under the MIT license and posted it to github a couple of weeks ago.  The source can be found here: https://github.com/gidzone/cloudconnector. Please feel free to fork and enhance the code as you see fit.  Installation instructions can be found in the readme.

This script is currently being reviewed by google to be posted in it’s app scripts gallery for easy installation.  Stay tuned for a future post on how to use this tool.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Consider The Source

On the heels of the HIMSS 2009 conference in Chicago last week, a report about inaccuracies in Google Health are shedding light on the age old fact of “considering the source”. The original source of the data is one of the most important things when seeding any system.

Dave deBronkar, a kidney cancer survivor (full article), found that after data had been imported in to Google Health it said his cancer “…had spread to either his brain or spine…” which was not the truth.

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

The Real Dr. Mario

We just got a Wii this past weekend. It has been a lot of fun the past few days, but this would make life more convenient.

I received a tweet about this from Andre Blackman (http://www.pulseandsignal.com).
This is something that will actually turn a Wii into something more than just entertainment.


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Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Health 2.0 – Chicago

Happy New Year!

This past October, my brother Naveen and I had the privilege of attending the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco. For those that are unaware, Health 2.0 is essentially the use of social media in health care. One example of a Health 2.0 application is www.patientslikeme.com. At patientslikeme, users are able to share their experiences with other patients in order to “…share information that can improve the lives of patients diagnosed with life-changing diseases”.

The conference was well run, organized and informative. However, it did not seem enough to meet twice a year then come home. We really wanted to continue the conversations we began in San Francisco. In December, we reached out to some of the Chicago-area people we met at Health 2.0 to gauge interest. We met just before the holidays to discuss how to create something on a local level to discuss, exchange ideas, and network. We had a great discussion

We are trying to organize another Health 2.0 Chicago meeting this Thursday (January 15, 2009) at 5:30 PM at Matilda (3101 N. Sheffeld, Chicago, IL). If you are on twitter you can RSVP at http://twtvite.com/p61cej. We hope that if you are interested Health 2.0 you will join us.

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Saturday, September 20th, 2008

She Gone.


Thanks for the memories!

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

A Weak Dollar Can Help Sports


For the past year or so, I have suspected that as the Dollar gets weaker and the Euro gets stronger more athletes will go and play in Europe or other parts of the world. This is because with a weak dollar other countries can now afford American talent.
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Friday, July 11th, 2008

iPhone 3G Line – Michigan Ave. Chicago


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Thursday, March 6th, 2008

iPhone Updates Announced

Apple announced new iPhone software updates today. The new features for the iPhone include:
Long awaited iPhone SDK
Exchange Support
iPhone App Store
$100m iFund

The full details of the announcement can be read here: http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/06/live-from-apples-iphone-press-conference/

What interests me most about today’s announcement is the iFund. Read more…

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