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Excel VBA code to compute when a mortgage will be free of PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance)

13 Feb 2020 🔖 excel 💬 EN

A friend is trying to come up with a clever way to use Excel to figure out in what month a given mortgage’s principal would have dropped below 80% of the purchase price of the home (at which point they would know longer pay a supplemental fee known as private morgtage insurance, a.k.a. PMI). I didn’t think Excel could do it, but it can.

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Python NumPy code to compute when a mortgage will be free of PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance)

12 Feb 2020 🔖 python 💬 EN

A friend is trying to come up with a clever way to use Excel CUMIPMT / CUMPRINC to figure out in what month a given mortgage’s principal would have dropped below 80% of the purchase price of the home (at which point they would know longer pay a supplemental fee known as private morgtage insurance, a.k.a. PMI).

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Salesforce Classic slow in Chrome? Use Firefox until Spring '20

12 Feb 2020 🔖 salesforce tips 💬 EN

Are your Salesforce “Classic” record pages loading slowly in Chrome, only to eventually load with broken content?

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Tutorial: Flow External Services for Salesforce Admins

30 Jan 2020 🔖 tutorials api salesforce flow integration architecture 💬 EN

Who remembers my #GIFSquad-friendly Salesforce Flow project from last summer, teaching Apex-Defined Data Types? I just learned that you can build the same project in Flow without writing any Apex code!

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Salesforce Spring '20 Community Guest User Apocalypse

08 Jan 2020 🔖 salesforce security architecture 💬 EN

All right … a nuisance, not an apocalypse. Heads up: There are some things changing with Guest User access Salesforce Communities in the Spring ‘20 release that can break your business’s customer experience if you’re not on top of them.

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Flow Invocable Apex with Any Salesforce Object Type

02 Jan 2020 🔖 salesforce flow architecture 💬 EN

In case you missed it (hat tip to the “Salesforce Discord Abridged Release Notes” on my part), when working with a developer to build out snippets of “Invocable Apex” (kind of like sub-flows, but written in code) to run from your Salesforce flows, as of Spring ‘20 you can make them work on any Salesforce object.

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Migrating my Salesforce org backups from Eclipse to VSCode without messing up Git

07 Nov 2019 🔖 salesforce vscode eclipse 💬 EN

Here’s how I migrated all my “Salesforce configuration metadata backups” from Eclipse to VSCode without my 5-year-old Git history really caring.

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Workaround: Salesforce Flow Picklist-Related Invalid Type Error

06 Nov 2019 🔖 salesforce tips flow apex 💬 EN

I received an INVALID_TYPE_ON_FIELD_IN_RECORD / value not of required type error that made no sense when editing a Salesforce flow. Turns out it’s a known error. Here’s how I got around it.

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A Jitterbit Case Study: Higher Education Adventures in Salesforce

04 Nov 2019 🔖 salesforce jitterbit integration 💬 EN

Boy have I been on a database integration adventure these last few weeks. In this series, I’ll review some of the more interesting hoops I jumped through with Jitterbit to load data in CSV files provided by an external admissions application partner (think common app … only this was a much smaller organization) into tables of a Salesforce org.

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Solved: 2 Salesforce ETL Errors

01 Nov 2019 🔖 salesforce integration tips jitterbit 💬 EN

I’m blogging about 2 Salesforce errors I ran into today so that your search results will, hopefully, be a little bit more helpful when you, too, see them.

bad value for restricted picklist field & id value of incorrect type

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