Salesforce Open Sources Lightning Web Components, Making it Easier for Customers to Extend Vlocity Functionality
The Same Framework that Powers Millions of Salesforce Apps Opens a New Era of Community Innovation
From Salesforce Press Release
Any developer can get started today by visiting https://lwc.dev/ and https://github.com/salesforce/lwc. Salesforce will showcase Lightning Web Components this week at TrailheaDX, Salesforce’s fourth annual developer conference.
“The Lightning Platform has long served millions of enterprise developers building the apps that underpin today’s connected experiences,” said Ryan Ellis, SVP of Product Management, Salesforce. "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."
The Open Source Movement Jumpstarts Enterprise Software
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.
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.
– Ryan Ellis, SVP, Product Management, Salesforce
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.
“Open source software is a leading accelerant for innovation,” said Chris Kelly, Director, Open Source, Salesforce. “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.”
Lightning Web Components: Standards-Based, Not Standardized
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.
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.
– Raja Singh, SVP, Products & GM, Insurance & Financial Services, Vlocity
"Open source software empowers developers to examine source code and enhance it with contributions based on their own insights and experience," said Arnal Dayaratna, research director, Software Development, IDC. "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.”