Salesforce Announces Lightning Web Components
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Salesforce Announces Lightning Web Components

Salesforce announced Lightning Web Components, a modern JavaScript programming model that makes it easier for developers worldwide to code on the Lightning Platform.

This standards-based Salesforce programming model gives developers the freedom to use the tools they like to build components — reusable building blocks for creating Lightning apps and experiences.

By using Lightning Web Components in conjunction with other Lightning developer services and low-code tools, organizations can better utilize all of their existing developer and admin resources to collaboratively build high-performing web experiences.

“We are constantly working and looking for ways to help our customers build faster, innovate, and deliver new products to their customers and employees,” said Mike Rosenbaum, Salesforce. “With Lightning Web Components, we are giving developers a standards-driven JavaScript model for building enterprise apps on Lightning. Every time we release a new platform capability we see an acceleration of innovation in our customer base. Consequently, we are excited to see what our community of developers will do with Lightning Web Components.”


Shifting to a standards-based model

IDC estimates there are 7.04 million full-time developers using JavaScript worldwide.

However, there remains a massive shortage of developer talent today. Research shows there are approximately 250,000 unfilled developer jobs in the U.S. alone. Consequently, this threatens to slow the pace of innovation for many organizations.

This underscores the importance of JavaScript and also other standards-based approaches, as they empower companies to leverage existing skills rather than force them to seek out developers versed in platform-specific languages.

Lightning Web Components enables JavaScript developers to build with skills they have and in languages they are familiar with. Furthermore, it includes a standards-based component authoring format, compiler and rendering engine.

Salesforce combining developer services and low-code tools

The Lightning Platform already includes a host of other powerful developer services to quickly implement enterprise app capabilities.

Those include Lightning Data Service, which gives developers access to their Salesforce data and metadata in JavaScript; Lightning Locker, which provides enterprise-class security around JavaScript code; and the Base Lightning Components, a library of more than 70 building blocks that accelerate app development.

In addition, companies can combine Lightning Web Components with the broader Lightning Platform capabilities. These capabilities include pro-code tools like Salesforce DX; low-code solutions like Lightning App Builder and Lightning Flow; and enterprise services like Salesforce Einstein and Salesforce IoT. Consequently, companies can build large-scale customer experiences, extend the functionality of CRM, create apps for specific departments ranging from HR to finance, and more.


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