How to prepare for DEV 401 Exam

How to prepare for DEV 401 Exam- Article 1?

Dear Participants

In the present time, when we have huge information available on the web and we are used to Google or bing, the problem is not to find the details about the concept, rather to know what concepts are available so that it can be searched.

When we have to pick up the new technology, the challenge is the new vocabulary.

In this blog, I am sharing with you topics you must focus to understand platform and will help you in preparing for DEV 401 exam.

You can anytime read more about these topics from the internet. But you can start with this to pick up the vocabulary.

I have ensured that my participant should read the minimum to understand and recollect maximum concepts of Best of Luck and enjoy reading it further. Vocabulary

Step 1- Work at building Data Model

At this step, we had been working with databases and tables in the past. But now in the cloud world, database is in the cloud and in we use the term object instead of tables.

Basic vocabulary what we should know at Data Model Level is as follows:-

  1. Object
      1. Standard Object
      2. Custom Object

          1. Custom Object Tabs
          2. Web Tabs
          3. Visualforce Tabs
            1. Standard App
            2. Custom App
            3. Fields
              1. Standard Fields
              2. Custom Fields
              3. Field Types
              4. Field Dependencies
              5. Controlling Field
              6. Dependent Field
              7. Encrypted Field

10. Lookup Relationship Vs Master Detail Relationship

11. Junction Object

12. Schema Builder

Step 2- Work at building User Interface

Once the object is created with fields, our next step is to see it in action to be able to perform CRUD on object.

Now, Object can be seen in UI, by making a custom object tab for an object.

Then we can make an application which is container of tabs.

Basic vocabulary what we should know at User Interface Level is as follows:-

  1. Tab
  2. App
  3. Page Layouts
  4. Record Types

Step 3- Work at implementing Business Logic

Once our application is working, we can implement business logic like calculations, or showing values from related objects or sending emails or field updates.

Basic vocabulary what we should know at Data Model Level is as follows:-

  1. Formulas
    1. Simple Formulas
    2. Advanced Formulas
    3. Cross Object Formulas
    4. Rollup Summary Formulas
    5. Validation Rules
      1. Standard Validation
      2. Custom Validation
      3. Workflow Rules
      4. Approval Processes

Step 4- Work at Loading data

At this step, we need to load data into our application by using Data Tools.

Basic vocabulary what we should know at Data Model Level is as follows:-

  1. Import Wizard
  2. Data Loader
  3. External ID
  4. Salesforce ID

Step 5- Work at implementing Data Security

At this step, implement security by deciding who can see which object and which records.

Basic vocabulary what we should know at Data Security is as follows:-

  1. Profiles
  2. Permission Sets
  3. OWD (Organization Wide Defaults)
  4. Roles
  5. Public Groups
  6. Sharing Rules
  7. Criteria Based Sharing
  8. Manual Sharing

Step 6- Work at Creating Reports and Dashboards

At this step, you create reports and dashboards for the management. As per me, this is very important from management perspective.

Basic vocabulary what we should know at Reporting and Dashboard level is as follows:-

  1. Report Type
  2. Type of Reports
    1. Standard
    2. Custom
    3. Report Formats
      1. Tabular
      2. Summary
      3. Matrix
      4. Report Filters
      5. Custom Summary Formulas
      6. Joined Reports
      7. Bucket Fields
      8. Cross Reports
      9. Analytic Snapshots

10. Dashboard Filters

11. Running User

12. Dynamic Dashboards

Step 7- Work at Deploying from Sandbox to Production

At this step, you deploy your work from sandbox to production.

Basic vocabulary what we should know Deployment level is as follows:-

  1. Sandbox
  2. Changesets
  3. Force.IDE

I hope you must have got the basic idea of what are the fundamental blocks while preparing for DEV 401 exam.

Now I would suggest you to download the study guide for DEV 401 exam from  and take a print of it.

It will keep you focused in your goal of becoming Certified Developer.

Best of Luck


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