Salesforce Summaries – Switching it Up with Apex

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SalesforceSummaries: a series delivering key insights from Salesforce YouTube videos, to save you time as you keep up to date with the latest technological changes within the Salesforce ecosystem.


In this presentation, you will learn more about the latest additions to the Apex programming language and Apex compiler.

**Details: **‘Switching it up with Apex

**Presenter: **Chris Peterson

**Details: **32 minutes

Key Terms: Switch statement, Apex, syntax, compiler

  1. @1.05 — Apex has a new compiler since the Spring ’18 release. An insightful video of this can be found here. This is the primary reason that new language constructs, like the switch statement, have been made possible in Apex.
  2. @3.05 — The switch statement was chosen because it was a hugely requested feature.

  1. @5.00 — There were many values and obstacles for using switch.

Helping to reduce code duplication was one of the most compelling values.

  1. @7.00 — The ‘happy path’ for using switch can be found below. Single or multiple literals can be used.
  2. @13.00 — A new ENUM has been added since Spring ’18 that stores all the trigger contexts, called Trigger.operationType.
  3. @14.05 — This is what an old trigger handler looks like:

This is quite verbose. Using the switch statement, this can be made much more concise.

The three parameters are the old rows, new rows and the new ENUM called System.TriggerOperation; which exposes all the possible combinations of boolean variables; enabling you to collapse all your if/else logic into a single statement.

  1. @15.30 — Implicit casting is also seen here. There is polymorphism here from the ‘when clause’ in that if the firstRow is of the Account sObject, then assign that to Account variable ‘acct’. There are no casts or sObject type checks that are required now. This is a verbose saving feature that has been made possible with the new compiler (tightly coupled with the database layer).
  2. @18.25 —

The multi comma separated literals for the when conditional block is concise — just note that literals can only be accommodated once. In this example, the second ‘2’ won’t be allowed. Constants cannot be used yet as literals.

  1. @19.20 — Due to the advanced compiler, the following additions to Apex have been made:

The original Idea for contains and indexOf is here.

Enhancements to the RecordTypeInfo class has also given a lot of benefit, as one can now get the API name of the record type whereas before, only the record type name was available with this class.

  1. @21.30 — A lot of work is being done to speed up tests during deployment.

One of the most compelling improvements is that Salesforce are planning on a ‘skip code coverage’ option. This will make it easier and faster (by 20%) to see if any change(s) that you made broke some tests.

  1. @23.00 — Another performance improvement is in ‘compile on deploy’. After you make changes to the UI or metadata deployments or packaging operations, you might notice that the next request that runs Apex might run a bit slower.

When a change is made to your Apex org (schema, enabled features etc), it invalidates the compiler output to make sure it isn’t running Apex bytecode that is no longer valid for the new shape of your org. Previously, the Apex bytecode cache would be ‘flushed’ and rebuilt on the next use; which meant that end users would get a performance hit as the compiler would rebuild the Apex bytecode cache. This doesn’t scale very well, especially with large organizations.

So, to alleviate this, the compile on deploy will compile the Apex and commit the bytecode upon a change to a meta-data deployment. This offers a high performance benefit.

This will be turned on for all production orgs, always from Summer ’18.

  1. @26.00 — There is a lot of work being done by Salesforce to enhance secure development.

FinancialForce have opensourced a library — — that enables easy CRUD checks with a single method call, enables FLS enforcement and also allows you to disable FLS checks.

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