As developers or Admins, we have the challenge of building and deploying apps expeditiously. Salesforce provides tools like Salesforce DX, CLI, and Extensions Pack. These desktop-based tools require installing and setting it up on every workstation.
If you’re into Salesforce development, there’s an alternative I want you to think about — an online code editor and IDE! You can also call them cloud-based code editors. For example, Welkin Suite and many others.
Let’s quickly sum up the advantages of using an online code editor and IDE:
Work from anywhere around the world
Easy integration with a source code repository like GitHub
What is Code Builder
Code Builder, powered by AWS, can be launched as a full-featured IDE in the browser from Salesforce org with clicks. Nothing to install or configure to the device.
Now Salesforce released (Beta) a new tool called Code Builder. Yes! You hear it right!! Salesforce Code Builder is a web-based integrated development environment with all the power and flexibility of Visual Studio Code, Salesforce Extensions for VS Code, and Salesforce CLI in your web browser. Code Builder is a development environment that can turn on in seconds, and it is custom to your Salesforce org and a specified project.
Code Builder works from a browser, allowing you to code virtually on any device with an internet connection. It has all the features of a modern IDE, such as code completion, refactoring, search, and support for Salesforce languages and frameworks.
What Makes Salesforce Code Builder Powerful
You’ve to install Code Builder, a managed package with everything one needs to write code in Salesforce: VS Code, Salesforce extensions, and Salesforce CLI.
It doesn’t allow you to install new extensions to the Code Builder development environment.
Currently, Code Builder doesn’t support LWC Local Development (beta). You can’t preview LWC components locally but can deploy them to your org to view them.
With Code Builder, you can work from anywhere. Bookmark your development environment or access the link from a different machine.
Unlike a desktop IDE, Code Builder saves your work without you explicitly having to do so. However, the beta environment has a cap of 20 hours.
What Are the Core Features of Salesforce Code Builder?
Ability to connect multiple Salesforce orgs
Use Org Browser to explore org metadata easily
Supports Salesforce-specific commands
Create and deploy Apex and LWC
Use SOQL Builder to write and execute SOQL queries
Run Salesforce CLI commands using the Code Builder terminal
Steps to Setup and Configure Salesforce Code Builder
Perform the steps below to set up and configure Salesforce code builder (beta) in your org.