Writing + Scheduling Batch Jobs in Apex

Writing + Scheduling Batch Jobs in Apex

Software developers have their hands full with complex processes that require extensive time and energy. Large volumes of repetitive, essential tasks can easily fill up your schedule, leaving less time for strategizing. Batch Apex is a game-changer for software development, allowing users to complete tedious tasks in batches.

What Is a Batch Apex Job in Salesforce?

Salesforce has a useful tool known as Batch Apex, which allows users to process large volumes of records asynchronously so that more substantial jobs can remain within their platform’s computing power. Batch Apex is highly resourceful for developers and can streamline many time-consuming tasks, such as archiving data. This feature serves several types of record processing, and it’s easy to use.

When Should You Use a Batch Apex Job in Salesforce?

Batch Apex in Salesforce provides developers with an efficient way to automate tedious tasks. Users often rely on Batch Apex to handle repetitive processes such as:

  • Sending high-volume emails
  • Processing complex calculations on mass data sets
  • Automating record updates
  • Creating, deleting and restoring large amounts of records
  • Generating complicated reports
  • Facilitating data integration

Batch Apex enables users to process up to 2,000 records at a time, improving accuracy by reducing the element of human error. You can monitor and optimize the process to maximize its performance. Batch Apex puts you in control of your data, allowing you to specify rules and exceptions. 

How to Write a Batch Job in Apex

Writing a batch job in Apex is quick and easy. You can write a batch job in no time by following these simple steps:

  • Step one: Set up a new globe Apex class and implement the Database.Batchable interface.
  • Step two: Describe your batchable class methods.
  • Step three: Be sure to update the account name before you execute the batch process.
  • Step four: Include three methods—namely start, execute, and finish.

How to Schedule an Apex Batch Job in Salesforce

Another advantage of using Apex is that you can schedule batch jobs in advance. You can set up Apex to run regular batches at set times of the month. Apex scheduling involves these steps:

  • Step one: Go into Setup.
  • Step two: Enter Apex Classes in the Quick Find box.
  • Step three: Select Apex Classes.
  • Step four: Once you click on Schedule Apex, enter the job name and choose an Apex class.

Best Practices for Writing + Scheduling Batch Jobs

To benefit from these Batch Apex features, keep the following best practices in mind:

  • Batch Apex is more suitable for more than one batch of records. Queueable Apex is better suited for smaller batches. 
  • You can implement up to 100 callouts per method (start, execute, and finish) by enabling AllowCallouts in Batch Apex. 
  • Be sure to define any class as either Global or Public.

Contact CodeScan at +1 925 500 1004 for more information on Batch Apex jobs.

Develop high quality, secure code!

Setting Up and Using CodeScan Effectively
Setting up and CodeScan in your salesforce org

Running CodeScan on your Salesforce Org is a great first step towards quality code, but maintaining that quality is a Read more

Estimating ROI with CodeScan
Estimate ROI using static code analysis tool CodeScan

Every Software Development Professional knows the following fact: the later bugs are found, the more expensive they are to fix. Read more

SFDX Tutorial | Setting Up CodeScan
CodeScan with Salesforce DX

Salesforce DX is a new focus on source-driven, collaborative development. The Salesforce CLI (Command Line Interface) easily integrates into your Read more

CodeScan and Visual Studio Team Services
continuous integration visual studio

Visual Studio Continuous IntegrationVisual Studio Team Services (VSTS) is a quick and powerful tool to set up continuous integration and Read more