Friday, April 24, 2020

Dynamically access any variable in an instance class

In this blog post, I will show you how to access any variable on an instance of an Apex class dynamically.

This is something useful when you want to make dynamic feature which are based on setting, especialy when doing ISV stuffs.

The code is as simple as below:

public class Employee {
    public String employeeId;
    public String firstname;
    public String lastname;
    public String username;
    public String profileUrl;

    public Object getValue(String variableName) {
        String jsonString = toJSON();
        Map<String, Object> untyped_instance;
        untyped_instance = 
            (Map<String, Object>)JSON.deserializeUntyped(jsonString);
        return untyped_instance.get(variableName);
    public string toJSON() {
        return JSON.serialize(this);


Employee emp = new Employee();
emp.employeeId = 'test';
emp.firstname = 'kevan';
emp.lastname = 'moothien';
emp.username = 'kevanmoothien';
emp.profileUrl = '';

system.debug(emp.getValue('firstname')); // returns kevan
system.debug(emp.getValue('lastname')); // returns moothien

Here is a use case where this kind of integration can be used based on the above code.
Suppose you have to develop a custom related list lightning component which would be used on several layout. But on each layout, it has to display different columns.

To achieve this, we would think of different component and hardcoded variable. But, this can be done by simply having a Custom Metadata type to save the setting of each layout and the related list custom component can simply display the columns value dynamically using the above code based on the setting provided in the Lighting app builder.

Hope this is useful to you trailblazers.

Cheers :)

Sunday, April 5, 2020

How can we efficiently generate a List of Id from a List of SObject structure with just one line of code?

Do you know how to get a list<Id> from a list<SObject>? Yes, doing a loop of the list of SObject and then put each record Id into another list or set. 

What if this was possible in just one line of code?

Infact, it is possible to write this in just one line of code. Don't believe me? Take a look below. 

Let say we have a list of contact records from which we only want to extract the list of record Ids.


Saturday, March 9, 2019

Converting a DateTime field into a Unix Timestamp with formula field

In this episode, we will show you have you can easily convert a date time field value to an Epoch/Unix Timestamp using Salesforce formula field.

First, you need a field of type DateTime such as CreatedDate, LastModifiedDate or any Custom Field.

In our example, we will use the CreatedDate Field. The formula is as below.

(CreatedDate - DATETIMEVALUE( "1970-01-01 00:00:00" )) * 86400

This can be used to append to a image url to prevent image cache from browser.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Mock HTTP callouts in a Managed Package

In this blog, I will show you how to mock callout response which is in a managed package.

I found out that many developers are using Test.IsRunningTest() in their Apex classes to avoid writing Mock responses for http callouts and if the callout comes from a Managed Package, they are stuck with this message "Methods defined as TestMethod do not support Web service callouts".

As per Salesforce Documentation, "To mock a callout if the code that performs the callout is in a managed package, call Test.setMock from a test method in the same package with the same namespace."

So to be able to mock callout which is performed in a managed package, the line doing "Test.setMock" should be called from the managed package itself.

So what we did in the SharinPix (ISV) managed package, we added a global class which take a HttpCalloutMock class as parameter and execute the Test.setMock from within the package.

global class HttpCalloutSimulator {
    global static void setMock(HttpCalloutMock mock) {
        Test.setMock(HttpCalloutMock.class, mock);

By adding the above class in your package and making it global so that it ca be called outside the managed package make it easy to mock code which are doing callout in your package without getting error messages.

You will just need to call it as below:


Example on how to use it:

sharinpix.HttpCalloutSimulator.setMock(HttpCalloutMock mock);  
//where the variable mock is the instance of your HttpCalloutMock class