Salesforce Empowers Developer Community with Open Sourced Lightning Web Components

Salesforce Empowers Developer Community with Open Sourced Lightning Web Components

Same Day Salesforce Announced the Launch of Salesforce Blockchain CRM, the Company Also Announced Open Sourced Lightning Web Components. This Will Extending the Power of Its JavScript Framework to Any Platform

Now, Salesforce Lightning Web Components framework is open source. This framework already powers millions of Salesforce apps opens a new era of technology community innovation. Open sourced Lightning Web Components will allow Salesforce developers anywhere to build fast, secure and portable web components on the development stack of their choice. Salesforce is showcasing Lightning Web Components this week at TrailheaDX, Salesforce’s fourth annual developer conference.

In the last few weeks, Salesforce has understood the importance of having Open Sourced community —  especially after its Pardot Marketing Automation unit was routed and blacked out for few hours by the Company due to technical reasons.

Announcing the open source news, Chris Kelly, Director, Open Source, Salesforce, said, “Open source software is a leading accelerant for innovation.With more companies than ever investing in open source, Salesforce is proud to continue its work supporting an open web by empowering developers with an enterprise-ready framework to build the next generation of connected experiences.”

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At the time of this announcement, Ryan Ellis, SVP of Product Management, Salesforce, said, “The Lightning Platform has long served millions of enterprise developers building the apps that underpin today’s connected experiences. With Lightning Web Components now open source, we’re empowering the community to build standards-based applications on any platform, and inviting them to help us define what the future of enterprise software looks like.”

Why Salesforce Jumped into the Open Source Ecosystem?

While proprietary software has traditionally ruled the enterprise, industry use of open source software will reach near parity within two years. However, standard enterprise levels of trust and compatibility remain barriers to deployment of open source code, creating gaps of talent and efficiency between companies striving for a digital renaissance and the developers charged with coding it.

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“Open source software empowers developers to examine the source code and enhance it with contributions based on their own insights and experience,” said Arnal Dayaratna, research director, Software Development, IDC.

Arnal added, “By open sourcing Lightning Web Components, Salesforce is giving enterprises the ability to take advantage of the enhanced innovation enabled by open source software and accelerate application development at a time when the demand for digital solutions exceeds the supply of developers to produce those solutions.”

By open sourcing Lightning Web Components, Salesforce begins to bridge that gap — bringing community innovation to the world’s #1 CRM. Developer teams can now recruit from larger talent pools to code and rapidly iterate on apps, and businesses can count on those apps to run at enterprise levels of trust, scale and performance.

Raja Singh, Senior Vice President, Products at Vlocity, said, “Providing compelling digital experiences is at the heart of our customers’ transformation plans. With Lightning Web Components, it’s now much easier for our customers to extend our functionality to meet their unique branding and process requirements without re-coding. Because they leverage native browser functionality, Lightning Web Components also offer improved performance and reduced reliance on third-party JavaScript frameworks.”

Lightning Web Components: Standards-Based, Not Standardized

With Lightning Web Components now open source, developers everywhere can code with the same standards-based framework to build applications on any platform, using the tools and open languages of their choice. They can explore the source code of Lightning Web Components — including, for example, the enterprise-ready code for compatibility across different web browsers — and customize it based on their unique needs. And most important, this will foster a community of enterprise JavaScript developers who can contribute innovations back to the source code and define the roadmap for Lightning Web Components, driving web standards forward for everyone.

For example, starting today, a Node.js developer building customer engagement apps on Heroku can leverage Lightning Web Components to code a fast, standards-based UI on top of her Node stack, then create a corresponding employee app in Salesforce using the same framework. That developer is also free to examine the code base of Lightning Web Components and contribute her learnings back to the community – putting her thumbprint on the future of Lightning Web Components and enterprise software development.

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