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Capture only the Validation Rule Error message to display in VF page


I had a scenario where i have a VF page which saves records into a custom object. And i was having the controller code in a try catch block to capture the exceptions and was using the getmessage to display the error messages.

But this all the time spit out a lot of ugly stuff along with the error message

” Upsert Failed : First exception on row 0: first error;


All i wanted to show was that Quantity cannot be empty. thats exactly what the end user only wanted to know and all that crap of Upsert failed doesnt make any sense at all.

I had thought of capturing the error message in a string and split it with FIELD_CUSTOM_VALIDATION_EXCEPTION. then displaying the second item in the list to show the error message.

All this seem to be too complicated for this. Indeed there is something very simple to do this.

All you got to do is to add

<apex:pageMessages />

in your VF page. this will capture all your validation errors and diplay it.



Read an email sent to salesforce and read them as records

I was asked to work on a requirement which required that an email is sent to salesforce and we would need to read through the email and create a new case based for each row in the email. This email is generated from a external SQL server and emailed everyday

Here is the sample email

11111|Case1|AC123|Ac_001|9|4|Wed Aug 10 09:02:03 2011|1|completed

11112|Case2|AC123|Ac_001|9|4|Wed Aug 10 09:02:03 2011|1|completed

11113|Case3|AC123|Ac_001|9|4|Wed Aug 10 09:02:03 2011|1|completed

11114|Case4|AC123|Ac_001|9|4|Wed Aug 10 09:02:03 2011|1|completed

11115|Case5|AC123|Ac_001|9|4|Wed Aug 10 09:02:03 2011|1|completed

Go go the solution, first we must create a email service which will create an email id to which the emails are to be sent.

You can create the email service by going to Setup->Develop->email services

Before you create the email service we would need to create a class which this email service would use.

Goto Setup->Develop->Apex Classes

Create a class with following code

global class myHandler implements Messaging.InboundEmailHandler {
global Messaging.InboundEmailResult handleInboundEmail(Messaging.InboundEmail email,
Messaging.InboundEnvelope envelope) {

Messaging.InboundEmailResult result = new Messaging.InboundEmailresult();
return result;

Now lets create a email service.

Setup->Develop->email services->

click on the button New Email service

To know about the various fields refer the docs here

Make sure you select the apex class you created earlier. After the email service is created you should scroll down to the bottom of the screen to find the email address to which the emails need to be sent.

Now open up the class which you had selected while creating the email service. Here is the code i wrote.

global class ProcessCaseEmail implements Messaging.InboundEmailHandler {

    global Messaging.InboundEmailResult handleInboundEmail(Messaging.InboundEmail email,
    Messaging.InboundEnvelope envelope) {

    Messaging.InboundEmailResult result = new Messaging.InboundEmailresult();
    String myPlainText= '';
    myPlainText = email.plainTextBody;
    System.debug('Plain text+++++++++++' + myPlainText );
    List<String> parts = myPlainText.split('\n\n');

    List<String> columns;
    for(integer i=0;i<parts.size();i++)

    System.debug('Parts+++++     ['+i+']   '+parts[i] );
    system.debug('Length of the parts ['+i+']  '+parts[i].length());
    if (parts[i].length()<9)

     System.debug('Parts+++++     ['+i+']   '+parts[i] );

     System.debug('columns size++++++++++++  '+columns.size());
     string acc='';
         System.debug('++++++acc after removing non print chars'+acc);

     List<Account> ac = [select id, name from account where accountid__c=:acc];
     System.debug('acc +++++++++++'+ac);

     for(integer k=0;k<ac.size();k++)

     System.debug('+++++++++++++++matched account++++++++++++++++++');
     case c = new case();
     insert c;

   // }

         return result;


Lets break the code down

To read the content of the email we are using the following code

myPlainText = email.plainTextBody;

Here is where we store the body of the email into a string
Another very important thing is that we need to give a system.debug to get an idea of how the email body is received. In some instance the rows are divided by two lines or one line. Depending on how your email is sent we can break the string to rows by using the code In my case it was a two lines.

 List parts = myPlainText.split('\n\n');

We have a list with all the records.
Now that we have all the records lets break the rows into columns I have the columns seperated by | symbol
So first lets loop through the all the records one by one and break each row into columns and then create a case for that record.

One other challenge i faced was when i was breaking the string into rows, there was a possibility that were blank rows as the email would have had multiple blank rows.
I have taken care of it using the if statement

  if (parts[i].length()<9)

I use 9 coz the no of columns in record is 8. So if the length is less than 9 that would mean a blank record. This may not be the right method. You could break the row into columns and count the no of columns if its less than no of column for the record then its a invalid record and ignore the record.
Here is how you break the records into columns


There is one other thing i am doing i am looking for a account which is related by a custom field. So from one of the column i search for the account which matches the custom field and give the account id to the case so that the new case is related to the account.

Since we are taking the values from email and breaking the records into columns based on the pipe symbol. There value of the column is can contain blank characters and non printing characters which would mean you would not find a matching record in account.

 List ac = [select id, name from account where accountid__c=:acc];

So make sure you trim and remove all non printing charaters.


I know in my case the column just had only numbers and alphabets so i used the above regex you can change the regex according to your requirements.

This really is my first detailed post so if you think there is something i can improve upon do drop a comment.

I currently work for CM-Focus

Change Tab labels in salesforce

For changing Tab labels go to

Setup->Customize->Tab Names and Labels->Rename Tabs and Labels

Click Edit on the tab which you want to rename…

Dependent Picklist in salesforce

to create a dependent picklist we need atleast 2 picklists

Setup ->Object->Objectname->Field dependencies

Click on new
Choose the controlling field
Choose the Dependent field

Choose the dependent items under each controlling fields picklist value.

Hope this helps

Add Notes and Attachments to an existing object in salesforce

I already created an custom object but when i tried to add notes and attachment to that object i couldnt find a way to do it. Looks like you have the option of doing it while creating the object.. After a bit of searching i found a way to do it.

Go to the page Layout and click Related List… Wow… There is the elusive Notes and Attachment, you can place it on the layout and its visible back on your page

How to add new item into existing picklist in Salesforce

Sometime back i had to add a new item to an existing picklist in a custom object. Strangely i couldnt find an option to add a new item. I was sure i was overlooking something very basic here. There definetely should be an option to add item.

What i was doing was clicking on the Edit link next to the picklist, this didnt have option to add item.
To Add a new item one should click on the picklist name and scroll down to the bottom of the page where you have the Picklist Values detail from where you can add new, Replace,Reorder etc in a picklist