How to deploy apex classes that are scheduled

This is related to Is there any way to unschedule an apex scheduled job programmatically?. I noticed user320 mentioned there is a way to use Type.forName to decouple your classes from the scheduled jobs, but no details were given.

How can we have scheduled jobs and deploy updates to the classes that are scheduled?


Dan Appleman presented a pattern in his Dreamforce 2013 session Design Patterns for Asynchronous Apex.

You can download the code on Dan’s Dreamforce 13 page.

The basic design is that you have a ScheduledDispatcher Class which uses Type.forName to dynamically create a ScheduleHandler class. The ScheduledDispatcher class is the one that gets locked, but the handler isn’t, so you can update it.

global class ScheduledDispatcher Implements Schedulable {
    public Interface IScheduleDispatched 
        void execute(SchedulableContext sc); 

    global void execute(SchedulableContext sc) 
        Type targettype = Type.forName('ScheduleHandler');   
        if(targettype!=null) {
            IScheduleDispatched obj = (IScheduleDispatched)targettype.NewInstance();

public class ScheduleHandler implements ScheduledDispatcher.IScheduleDispatched {

    public void execute(SchedulableContext sc)


His book is worth every penny and every one of his Dreamforce sessions is a must watch.

Source : Link , Question Author : Daniel Hoechst , Answer Author : Peter Knolle

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