I have two objects called Opportunity and Tournee, with a date field and date field is a formula field which subtracts 10 days from date field in Opportunity and the trigger create events based on this dates and shows them in a calendar. Now, what I found is Tournee trigger is not being called on its date formula field update. Now how do i create Tournee events based on its date field?

  • Please, share your trigger code so we can see what you've attempted, and why it doesn't work as expected.
    – smukov
    Commented Sep 10, 2016 at 9:07
  • @smukov the code is too big with other functionalities, now all that i want is how to fire a trigger on Cross-Object Formula field update.
    – Srujan
    Commented Sep 10, 2016 at 9:10
  • a formula field update on it's own is not enough, you need a DML action with it.
    – Girbot
    Commented Sep 10, 2016 at 9:18

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Formula fields aren't really being updated per se, but instead, they are just evaluated when you perform a query against the record.

Because of this, if you have two objects A and B, and you have a cross-object formula field on object B that is referencing a field on object A. If you update a record A, you are probably expecting that the record B gets updated as well due to the cross-object formula field, however, this won't be the case. Instead, the record B will calculate the new formula value only when you query for the record, or simply open the record detail page.

Thus, if you want to fire a trigger in this case on object B, the only option you have is to actually create a trigger on object A, query for the related B records inside the object A's trigger, and do whatever you need to do with those records.

  • So you want me to replace formula field with trigger ?
    – Srujan
    Commented Sep 10, 2016 at 9:25
  • No, leave the formula field on Tournee, but you can't use a trigger on that object. You need to create a trigger on Opportunity instead. Then, inside the Opportunity trigger you need to do your thing that you are currently trying to achieve in Tournee trigger.
    – smukov
    Commented Sep 10, 2016 at 9:28
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    The key thing to understand is that trigger on Tournee object won't be fired when a Date field on Opportunity is updated, because formula fields do not cause a trigger to be fired. You need to use the Opportunity trigger instead to get the related Tournee records and then perform the required logic on them.
    – smukov
    Commented Sep 10, 2016 at 9:39

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