I am trying to run an apex class daily using System.schedule but It is not showing up in scheduled jobs nor I am able to query from Cron trigger on owner Id as my Id This is the piece of code. Note : - I need to run my apex class everyday

global class scheduledDeactivation implements Schedulable {
public static String sch = '0 0 12 1/1 12 ? 2022'; 
global void execute(SchedulableContext SC) {
deactivateUsers usrs = new deactivateUsers();
String jobID = System.schedule('Deactivate Inactive Users', sch, usrs);
  • post the entire class – d_k Apr 21 '17 at 11:48
  • Do you need apex class as well? – Ishan Apr 21 '17 at 11:51
  • You seem to have a big misunderstanding about how scheduled jobs work. You don't schedule from within the execute method. That's what's supposed to happen once you hit the scheduled time and actually want to run your logic. You execute the job, or carry out the functionality you intend to run at the ordained time. – Adrian Larson Apr 21 '17 at 11:53

Common Misconception

When you write jobs which implement Batchable or Schedulable, stick with the public modifier. You should never use the global modifier unless you actually need it (webservice functionality or ApexRest) or if you are building a tool which you intend to distribute through a managed package but still want the code to be visible to others.

You don't schedule your job from within the execute method! You should schedule the job from somewhere outside the job. Otherwise every time it runs you add a duplicate job to the queue. The two most common ways to schedule a job which implements the Schedulable interface are:

  1. Through the UI.
    • If you have a simple schedule like every day at X hour, use the UI to schedule.
    • Navigate to Setup > Develop > Apex Classes.
    • Click the Schedule Apex button and select your class/schedule.
    • Click the Save button.
  2. Through a script.
    • If you have a more complicated schedule, you can schedule the job using the system.schedule method.
    • Open up the Developer Console (or your IDE of choice) and go to Execute Anonymous.
    • Fire off a script that calls system.schedule similar to what you are currently attempting in your execute method.
  • I tried doing that but is says it gives an error saying 'Global type must be contained inside of a global class' – Ishan Apr 21 '17 at 11:54
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    First of all, remove the global modifier from your class and just use public. Second of all, just schedule through the UI. You're making life hard for yourself when Salesforce already went out of their way to simplify it. – Adrian Larson Apr 21 '17 at 11:56
  • Ok I was able to do it and I can see my job tag in scheduled jobs but would I need to run the same code on UAT and production as well? – Ishan Apr 21 '17 at 11:58
  • @Ishan Of course if you want to run the job in a different instance, you will also have to schedule it in that instance. Remember to remove the scheduling logic from your execute block, as it really doesn't belong there. – Adrian Larson Apr 21 '17 at 12:00
  • Any way to automate that ? (Sorry for my silly questions I am trying this for first time) – Ishan Apr 21 '17 at 12:03

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