I'm considering buying some books to improve my Salesforce skills.

I found this article on the Salesforce developer platform.

The three first books of the list "Books by Community Authors" seem to be the most interesting for me.

  • Advanced Apex Programming for Salesforce and Force.com: Because there are moments when we have to use Apex. And I have already some knowledge with Apex.
  • Practical Salesforce.com Development Without Code: Because as @AdrianLarson often says: "The more there is code, the more there is code to maintain."
  • Force.com Enterprise Architecture: To help me make the best decisions to answer company problems.

So my questions are:

  • Did anyone read these books? If so, were they helpful?
  • Is there any other book in this list that I should read first?
  • Is there any other book not in this list that is worth buying before them?
  • This is probably better asked on Meta. – Dan Jones Jan 26 '17 at 15:00
  • Sorry. I have considered asking on Meta but I changed my mind after having read this. – Martin Lezer Jan 26 '17 at 15:03
  • I understand! I would just argue this falls under the [discussion] tag, because "what is a good book" doesn't have an objective answer. :) – Dan Jones Jan 26 '17 at 15:08
  • @DanJones Should I add the [discussion] tag in the title of my question? – Martin Lezer Jan 26 '17 at 15:13
  • I'd say that this should go into Meta too. I do think it can be a suitable topic for here. – Dave Humm Jan 26 '17 at 16:08

I own the first and last book and I can say they are completely worth it! I learn a lot thanks to them and improved a lot my coding skills and overall knowledge of the salesforce platform. I would totally recommend those!

Another book I also bough recommended by a Friend was Clean Code, although it's not salesforce related can be applied to any coding language.

I was lately considering this one would like to know opinions if it's worth: Apex Design Patters

  • Thanks for your answer ! I already read Clean Clode and I totally agree with you. Thank you for your review of the two books. I will take a look at the new one you mentioned. – Martin Lezer Jan 26 '17 at 13:59

While I love books, I think that they may not be the best way to improve your salesforce skills unless you've already exhausted the huge variety of free resources, such as:

The problem with books about the Salesforce platform is that they become out of date so fast and you can typically find the same information for free.

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