Testing Salesforce 5.x-1.x-dev

The aim of this article is to run through the procedure I have used to test the Salesforce module on Drupal 5.1, availing ourselves of the 5.x-1.x-dev version I have recently committed.

First of all you will need a Salesforce developer account (unless you are going to test on another valid Salesforce account). Follow the instructions outlined in this awebfactory Salesforce article.

Updating the Salesforce module from 4.7 to 5.x

Well, the first step was to set up a fresh Drupal 5.x (5.3) install.

Then, enabled core contact and profile modules (required by legacy salesforce module).

Then, copied 4.7 salesforce module into ./sites/all/modules, and edited salesforce.module and salesforce.install so that the function module_exist() became module_exists().

Then, enabled salesforce module. Install went ahead with the usual success messages (created tables, created profile fields).

Profile fields were created.

Salesforce: Apex or nusoap?

I have to make a decision on what to do about the salesforce module architecture.

On the one hand it uses the nusoap library (modified so as not to conflict with PHP 5 soap namespace), and a GPL based api written by Ryan Choi.


So, I have created the Drupal Salesforce module on the basis of Steve McKenzie's important work in this regard.

This blog entry, and other coming after it, I can imagine, deal with my experience getting the module operational and following the announced roadmap (see module description).