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Pulling Changes from Your Development Sandbox

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Concepts

What are Snapshots?

Snapshots retrieve the components that have changed in your source organization. If a developer has been working on a feature for the last two weeks and s/he wants to identify the changes that have been made over that period, Snapshots are the optimal way to retrieve changes from the source org.
 
When retrieving the changes, you can specify:
  • Number of days: Flosum investigates all the changes made to the source organization within a specified date range and stores those metadata definitions within Flosum.

  • Types of Metadata Components: You can ask Flosum to retrieve all types of metadata components or cherry-pick a subset of them. For example, Flosum can retrieve all the changes for custom objects but ignore the changes made for VisualPage and Apex. If a developer is aware that s/he has made changes in only certain components - which belong to a specific set of metadata types -  it is the fastest way to retrieve changes from the source org.
Now, You Try It!

Make Changes in Your Source Organization

  1. Log in to your first source organization.
  2. In order to see the power of the merge conflict tool, we'll have you select two existing components within your source organization - ideally an Apex Class and Custom Object and make some changes (see details below):
    • Apex Class Component:
      • Add a new line of code (for example, "//test" )
      • Modify an existing line 
      • Delete an existing line
    • Custom Object Component:
      • Change the description of the custom object
      • Add new field
      • Delete existing field

Create A Snapshot

  1. Log into the Flosum organization and go to the "Orgs" Tab
  2. Select the Source Organization
  3. Click on "Create Snapshots"
  4. Name your Snapshot. For this trial purpose you can use the name "Feature 1"
  5. Specify Retrieve Changes to in last 14 days
  6. Next, we'll Under "Field" select "Component Type"
  7. In the "Value" field, use the spyglass to select "Apex Page and Custom Object" from the picklist and then push the "Insert Selected" button at the top right of the pop-up
  8. Click "Create Snapshot" at the top right of the screen
  9. This may take a couple of minutes. Do not close browser tab or the retrieval may stop. The screen will re-direct. Refresh the screen until the "Is Completed?" field is check-marked to indicate that the snapshot has completed.

Result: Flosum will retrieve the changes that have been completed in the source organization in the last 14 days.

Make Changes in your Second Source Organization 

  1. Log into your Second Source Organization 
  2. Repeat the modifications in the step listed above, making another set of changes to the same components in the second source organization. This will create a conflict between the components for Flosum to detect. 

Create a Second Snapshot

  1. Follow the steps 1-10 to create another snapshot of the changes you just made in your second source organization. Name this Snapshot "Feature 2"

Nice Job!! You're half-way done with the trial!!

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