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7 Exciting Updates From the Salesforce Summer ‘22 Release: A Developer’s Take

Salesforce Summer '22 Release

With the same excitement and preparation as any holiday, Salesforce releases new features and updates three times a year.

The Salesforce Summer ‘22 release is quickly approaching, and we’re now in the thick of release notes and sandboxes. Mark your calendar for the Summer ‘22 release dates. You can find the dates for your organization at Salesforce Trust (search for your Salesforce instance).

  • Saturday, May 21, 2022
  • Saturday, June 4, 2022
  • Saturday, June 11, 2022

Below are the top things we think are most exciting about the Summer ‘22 release, especially for Salesforce developers. Additionally, we explain why we’re excited (and why you should be, too) and our take on a few areas. The list covers:

  • Apex Code
  • Lightning Web Components
  • Lightning App Builder
  • Flows

Below is only a small portion of the Salesforce Summer ‘22 release notes. There’s a plethora of information to kick back and read on the weekends. You can even learn more about the release here in the Salesforce Summer ’22 Release Trail!

Secure Apex Code with User Mode Database Operations (Beta)

This feature is in Beta, meaning you can opt to try it, but Salesforce has agreements and terms to consider.

Benefits of Secure Apex Code with User Mode Database Operations

  • Enforces user-level CRUD, FLS, and sharing automatically
  • Removes the need for user-level security checks
  • Being more explicit about security is better

Our Take: Secure Apex Code with User Mode Database Operations

Any security configuration options are a significant benefit. More flexibility and enforcement at the platform will allow for more streamlined architectures.

Enable Third-Party Integrations with Light DOM

Benefits of Third-Party Integrations with Light DOM

  • Apply custom styles to all your components
  • CSS and QuerySelectors can traverse the hierarchy
  • Third-party components can access your custom component

Our Take: Third-Party Integrations with Light DOM

This is another excellent feature to lower complexity in Salesforce architecture.

Customize and Filter Related Lists in the Lightning App Builder

Benefits of Customized and Filtered Related Lists in the Lightning App Builder

  • Have variants of related lists but custom filtered
  • Customize the label, fields, filters, and sort order
  • Configure the following at the Lightning Page level instead of using Page Layouts
    • Audiences
    • Visibility criteria
    • Fits more custom situations

Our Take: Customized and Filtered Related Lists in the Lightning App Builder

This will be a massive win for users and allow them to set up pages to their liking quickly. For developers, it’ll mean less time spent on page variants.

Flow Tests (Beta)

screenshot of Test Run Details in Salesforce
Salesforce example of Test Run Details

Benefits of Flow Tests

  • Repeatable scenarios for validating Flow functionality
  • Much needed QA tool for low-code automation
  • A huge step forward towards parity with Apex unit tests

Our Take: Flow Tests

This will be a big timesaver for anyone building Flows and ensuring higher quality.

Make Custom Screen Components React to Other Components on the Same Flow Screen (Pilot)

Benefits of Custom Screen Components Reacting to Other Components on the Same Flow Screen

  • Having components react to each other on a single Flow screen
  • Reduces the need for extraneous state-management nodes and multiple screens
  • Much cleaner Flows and easier to use/read/maintain

Our Take: Custom Screen Components Reacting to Other Components on the Same Flow Screen

This will help us minimize flow complexity while presenting a better experience to the user. Win/win!

Manage the Run Order of Record-Triggered Flows from Flow Trigger Explorer

Screenshot of Salesforce Flow Trigger Explorer
Salesforce example of Flow Trigger Explorer where you click Edit Order and drag flows into the order you want them to run

Benefits of Managing the Run Order of Record-Triggered Flows from Flow Trigger Explorer

  • Flow Trigger Explorer now sorted by Trigger Order
  • Ability to reorder all Flows on one screen
  • Easier to understand and manage the order of execution

Our Take: Managing the Run Order of Record-Triggered Flows from Flow Trigger Explorer

YES! This will be a big win in complex situations where run order is critical to managing operations-sensitive processes.

Use Formulas as Flow Entry Conditions

Example from Salesforce of functionality

Benefits of Formulas as Flow Entry Conditions

  • Much more in-depth and customizable Flow entry criteria
  • Greatly simplify insert vs. update criteria, reduces duplicate Flows with different criteria
  • Leverages the powerful family of formula functions and logic

Our Take: Formulas as Flow Entry Conditions

This will reduce complexity and save time for anyone building or updating flows!

New Improvements. Now What?

Maximize the improvements from the Summer ’22 release with a Salesforce strategy. Read our blog post to learn how.

We’re here! Red Argyle has the creativity and technical chops to help your organization get the most from your Salesforce investment.

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