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Introducing Salesforce New Lightning Web Components

nadcoms - 17th April 2019 - 0 comments

The end of 2018 delivered welcome news for the world’s community of Salesforce web developers. That was when the platform announced Web Component, a new model of JavaScript programming for building apps, offered through Salesforce Lightning. It should be available by the end of February, and it permits millions of coders to develop apps much faster than was previously possible. JavaScript is the widest used development language today but there is a global shortage of skills that is expected to get worse ove the next few years. Salesforce hopes to play a part in remedying this through Lightning Web Components, in making coding faster, easier, and less frustrating for coders.

The Key Features of Salesforce Lightning Web Components

Salesforce has always prided its service on being simple to use and adaptable. It’s also continued to strive to keep up with modern trends in all web technologies where the service has a foothold. Now, its following new trends for JavaScript coding:

  • Shifting towards a modular design, Salesforce developers can now compile “components” of code. These are reusable blocks of code that they can store and use elsewhere without having to rewrite the same piece of code every time
  • Through JavaScript, developer may use their skills in a language they know to build code through the Lightning Platform using a standards-based component format
  • The Salesforce platform is a great compiler and rendering engine that improves productivity through the most up to data JavaScript features such as modules and classes
  • Easier and faster processing and better end user experience through native code execution in the browser, replacing JavaScript abstractions
  • Customisation of apps through compatibility with Aura, allowing the building of apps through clicks rather than designing code

Integrated With Salesforce Developer and Other Services

The new Web Components element of the Lightning Platform will make a great addition to the arsenal of developer services. Others include Lightning Data Service which enables access to metadata and Salesforce data to users, security features through Lightning Locker, and Base Lightning Components, a building block library to aid development of your core apps.

There is also the ability to combine other functions through Salesforce such as DX, Lightning Flow, and Lightning App builder. Not to mention the AI system Einstein and their tools for the Internet of Things. No matter the size of your business, all these Salesforce tools can be combined to permit the creation of full CRMs, and apps for each department, for both B2B and B2C services. Salesforce Lightning Web Component is available to users of the Enterprise, Unlimited, Performance or Developer Edition subscriptions.

Easier for Your Developers

The more exciting development – and one already mentioned – is of the Lightning Components. Previously, there had been a need to keep “reinventing the wheel” with blocks of code, slowing down your development. But the new modular nature of code creation means that core components can be saved, leading to greater innovation and faster development. Efficiency and streamlining for development and updates will certainly be as welcome to your coders as it will be for your customers.

Before now, your developers needed to use Aura, a model of programming available through Salesforce that had been the standard since 2014. This date is significant because it was when Salesforce began systematically pushing the client-side application model that has become so successful for them today. As with any early innovation, multiple competing models emerged, and it was not obvious which would eventually come to dominate the market. Salesforce created Aura back then. It was necessary for 2014, but in 2019, expectations have changed. Technology requirements have moved on, and so has how Salesforce approach the problem.

  • Your JavaScript developers will not need to develop new skills using yet another platform, but work in the Salesforce platform
  • Lightning Components built in Aura will flow seamlessly to work with Web Components
  • Nothing to rebuild; you may still use Aura if you wish
  • It’s now easier for Salesforce customers to find JavaScript developers to build apps through Salesforce

If you’re concerned that investing in Salesforce to take advantage of this may be a risk, there is nothing to worry about. Salesforce has proven a robust platform repeatedly. As part of their new initiative in developing JavaScript coding, they are working with industry standard groups and the major web browsers to promote Lightning Web Components as inclusive for coders and end users alike. Further developments are expected as we move through 2019 and towards 2020 and beyond. Further, Salesforce expects to continue investing in Web Components as a major development solution of Lightning.

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