LaunchPad Accelerator API

by launchpadlab



The LaunchPad Accelerator is an add-on that allows developers to build and deploy Salesforce-integrated web and mobile applications 4x faster

After only a few minutes following the below setup guide, you'll have a REST API for the Salesforce tables you'd like integrated with your web or mobile application.

Key Features:

Provisioning the add-on

Since the add-on provides a full web application framework, we actually start by deploying an app to Heroku and then later provision the add-on on that app. The LaunchPad Accelerator add-on must be used in conjuction with the app deployed from the deploy button below.

  1. Deploy API to Heroku
  2. Configure Heroku Connect
  3. Setup API locally
  4. Done! Run the API

1. Deploy to Heroku


2. Configure Heroku Connect

  1. Click "Manage App" to go to your app's Heroku dashboard
  2. Click "Resources" then "Heroku Connect"
  3. Click "Setup Connection" then "Next"
  4. Authorize your Salesforce account
  5. Click "Mappings" then "Create Mapping" (you'll do this for each table you want to sync)
  6. Select the table you want to sync (e.g. "Account")
  7. Select "Accelerate Polling" for optimal performance
  8. Pick the columns you'd like to sync
  9. Click "Save"

3. Setup API Locally

Download this repository as a zip file and extract it into a preferred folder on your machine.

$ cd ~/path/to/launchpad_api
$ git init
$ bundle install

In the below command, replace APPNAME with the name of the Heroku app you just deployed:

$ heroku git:remote -a APPNAME
$ heroku addons:create launchpad:test
$ heroku config

Create a new file config/application.yml. Copy and paste the DATABASE_URL and LAUNCHPAD_LICENSE_KEY lines from terminal into config/application.yml (e.g. LAUNCHPAD_LICENSE_KEY: lkjsdf198e3kua99sdlkfjkj)

$ bundle exec rake db:migrate db:schema:dump
$ bundle exec rake install_launchpad

In app/actions/collect_action.rb, change authorized? to return true. This is just while we test to make sure the API is working. We'll need to change this back to false afterwards.

For each table you'd like to expose API endpoints, add the following line to routes.rb within the block scope :v1 do: create_sweet_actions(:accounts) (replace :accounts with the pluralized table name). This generates CRUD routes for each resource (show, collect, create, update, destroy). Your routes file should look something like below:

Rails.application.routes.draw do
  scope :api do
    scope :v1 do

4. Run the API

$ rails s

Visit one of your REST tables like so localhost:3000/api/v1/accounts.json

Removing the add-on

You can remove launchpad via the CLI:

warning This will destroy all associated data and cannot be undone!

$ heroku addons:destroy launchpad:test


All launchpad support and runtime issues should be submitted via one of the Heroku Support channels.