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If you have been coding in Salesforce for any amount of time, you will quickly realize that you have strict governor limits. Three months into my new position and I was tasked with consolidating all of the Case Triggers. We were getting SOQL Limits when trying to validate, and a total of 13 triggers.

It didn’t take long to find bloggers and even our Salesforce representatives talk about consolidating all the triggers into one Trigger. I decided to try and use the Factory pattern, a pattern I picked up at my previous job.

Even better, I found a great template, Recipe, talking about how to do this in Apex! I won’t explain all the details, since they do a very good job of that already, but I wanted to make my own little additions.

If you don’t care about an explanation, you can find my additions here.


private static ITrigger getHandler(Schema.sObjectType soType)
    try {
        return (ITrigger)Type
              + 'TriggerHandler').newInstance();
    } catch(Exception e) {
        throw new TriggerException('No Trigger Handler registered for Object Type: ' + soType);

So I really didn’t like the idea of having to come and register a new TriggerHandler. I knew that some developers would forget this :). So I looked for a way to do this with reflection, but the closest I got was taking the SObject Type, converting it to a string, concatenating that with "TriggerHandler". So this works for us since we all know about the naming convention, and now we don't need to update this file every time we create a Trigger Handler.

Unique Sequence

private static String generateGUID()
    Blob b = Crypto.GenerateAESKey(128);
    String h = EncodingUtil.ConvertTohex(b);
    return h.SubString(0,8)+ '-' + h.SubString(8,12) + '-' + h.SubString(12,16) + '-' + h.SubString(16,20) + '-' + h.substring(20);

After debugging for awhile, I really missed having a way to see only the order of the events I cared about. So to fix this, I generated a unique number (Resembles a GUID — No built-in GUID in Apex????) that comes in handy when looking at your debug logs. Nothing crazy here.

Recursive Check

private static Boolean isFirstRun(Schema.sObjectType soType) {
    if(!recursions.containsKey(soType)) {
        recursions.put(soType, true);
        return true;

    return false;

I know, I know…I didn’t want to add this but I haven’t had enough time to go through and check every class that the TriggerHandler calls, but there seems to be a rogue class that causes a Recursive call sometimes. I thought it would be a good safeguard for the future. Super simple, just stores the SObject Type and a flag. If the Map contains the object type, then it’s already run, and we can safely skip the execute method.

if (isFirstRun(soTYpe)) {
  System.DEBUG('[TF | ' + soType + '] - ' + executionId + ': Executing... ');
  execute(handler, soType);
} else {
    System.DEBUG('[TF | ' + soType + '] - ' + executionId + ': Not Excuting (Recursive call)...');

I don’t think this is perfect and would love feedback, so let me know what your Trigger Factory looks like or how to improve mine!

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