Explore the Developer Resources
After completing this unit, you’ll be able to:
- Navigate the Salesforce Trailblazer Community portal.
- Find developer resources on the Commerce Cloud Developer Center.
- Find B2C Commerce release information.
- Search the B2C Commerce documentation.
Vijay Lahiri is a senior developer at Cloud Kicks, a company that specializes in high-end custom sneakers. He wants to develop a new B2C Commerce storefront. But before he gets started, he wants to make sure that he has access to the latest and greatest information about B2C Commerce. He also wants to check out the resources that Salesforce provides especially for developers like him.
So, how does he get plugged into all that good stuff? In this unit, we follow along as he learns about the Commerce Cloud Developer Center, the Salesforce Partner Community, and the Salesforce Trailblazer Community. He also learns how to access the B2C Commerce official documentation and product release information. In the documentation (called the Infocenter), he can explore product details and learn how B2C Commerce features and technology works.
First, Vijay learns how to access these resources.
Join the Commerce Cloud Developer Center
Vijay wants to know where can he go for help when he’s stuck. Is there a way he can discuss his issues with other developers and share solutions? Working with other developers is a big part of how he gets his work done. Luckily, that’s what the Commerce Cloud Developer Center is all about.
The Developer Center is the go-to place for B2C Commerce developer information, with links to the APIs, best practices, and a code repository.
He clicks Community to access the B2C Commerce developer discussion board. On the discussion board, he can search the forum, ask a question, or post or respond to a poll.
Join the Salesforce Partner Community
Although Vijay works for Cloud Kicks, many B2C Commerce developers work for partner organizations. Resources for partners are available though the Salesforce Partner Community, a trusted environment where partners can get answers, share ideas, collaborate, and learn best practices.
Another great resource is the B2C Commerce Chatter group. Partners use this to communicate with the global Salesforce LINK Technology Partner Team and other partners. There's also a Chatter group within the Partner Community called Official: LINK Tech Partner Program for LINK partners.
Join the Salesforce Trailblazer Community
Vijay looks to this community for the details he needs to do his job. He can ask questions and search questions that have already been answered. He can read the documentation and release notes. He can sign up for events, collaborate with others, and submit his fabulous ideas He can also take a look at known issues to see if his issue has already been reported.
Find Release Information
Vijay definitely wants to keep up with new features and bug fixes in B2C Commerce releases. Here's how to do it.
- Open the Trailblazer Community portal.
- Click Help.
- Click View Documentation.
- In the filter, select Commerce (Cloud).
- Select B2C Commerce Release Notes.
Search the Documentation
Vijay has lots of questions. What’s the procedure for connecting to the server? What does this option on the screen mean? Sometimes he just wants to look up something in the documentation. He can find B2C Commerce help documentation (called the Infocenter) on the Trailblazer Community portal or via Google.
He quickly locates the developer documentation, information about using Business Manager, B2C Commerce APIs, admin tasks, and more.
When he wants to find something specific, he searches for it in the Infocenter.
Here’s how he does it.
- In the Infocenter, type your topic into the search box, for example, cartridge.
- Click Go.
The Infocenter displays a list of all the pages where cartridge is mentioned.
Whoa! It’s a really long list. To narrow the search, for example, to only API-related pages, complete these steps.
- Click Scope.
- Select Show only the following topics.
- Click New…
- Enter a name for the search, for example, API Topics.
- Expand the list of topics and select the ones related to APIs.
- Click OK.
- On the Select Scope window, click the new scope link (API Topics).
- Click OK. The table of contents is now restricted to the selected topics.
In this unit, Vijay explored the Trailhead Community portal to see all the latest B2C Commerce news and information. He also learned how to access developer resources, such as the discussion board, code libraries, and Infocenter—the B2C Commerce documentation portal.
That’s some cool stuff, but he’s getting anxious to start developing his storefront. Next, let’s get the code repositories for the Storefront Reference Architecture (SFRA), which provides both the code base and a blueprint for site design.