Harnessing the Power of Lightning Web Components
After attending 2019’s rockin’ TrailheaDX Salesforce Developer Conference, Magnet360 has come away uniquely positioned to be a leader in harnessing the power of Salesforce’s Lightning Web Components (LWC) platform. Already at the forefront of developing solutions using the Lightning Component framework, LWC gives Magnet360 the power to create more agile and elegant cross-framework solutions.
Why Lightning Web Components?
A natural extension of Salesforce’s Lightning Component framework, LWC addresses agility issues that have challenged Lighting developers and architects since the framework was introduced five years ago. One of the key issues was that many companies had created their own proprietary component frameworks, such as Aura, Visualforce and Lightning, to build Web applications. These frameworks took interactivity to a new level and created new standards for customizable solutions. But at the same time, they were proprietary and cross-framework interaction was difficult: The skills that worked in one framework did not easily translate to other frameworks.
This was a particularly sticky issue when an organization (or organizations) needed to transfer skills between two or more of the frameworks, e.g. Aura to Lightning. Developers experienced frustration when hiring for a particular framework or trying to ramp up a new system. Even more challenging, on the client side, an app or component that was developed on one framework was not necessarily compatible with any other framework.
These challenges highlighted the need for a standardized component solution. Enter Lightning Web Components.
LWC Can Rock on Any Stage.
The push for uniformity led to the development of the Web Components standard, which offers several crucial benefits to app and component developers. First, they utilize W3C specs and are, therefore, supported by the most widely-used Web browsers. Another key benefit comes with composition: Web Components can be broken down into smaller sections of code. Web components are also reusable, which means that developers can create templates, import and export the components so that they can be used over and over — i.e., no need to reinvent the wheel.
Thanks to Web Components, a framework is now only required to offer a single layer of customized services. Web Components fill in the gaps, allowing for standardized component and programming structures that allow for more interaction between different frameworks — and much faster ramp times for developers.
Lightning Web Components, for its part, harnesses all the benefits and capabilities of Web Components and constructs them on the Web’s most modern standards, allowing for maximum cross-platform compatibility, transferability and interactivity. The LWC framework consists of three primary components:
- Base Lightning Components, which is a set of more than 70 custom elements that function as user-interface components.
- Lightning Data Service enables synchronization and caching between components and Salesforce data and metadata.
- User Interface API is the service that enables metadata awareness in both Base Lightning Components and Lightning Data Service.
Lightning Web Components can be created and used within an Aura-based application with simple communication between the components. This allows for a smoother transition than would be possible if the components required an all-or-nothing switch. In addition, components from other frameworks can be used within LWC, and Lightning Web Components can be used anywhere — not just on Salesforce. The speed of LWCs in the browser is also a tremendous benefit, as one of the biggest complaints about Aura components is how slow they can feel.
Line up for LWC!
Curious to see how Lightning Web Components can be used in an enterprise-wide solution for your organization? Contact Magnet360 and unleash the power of Lightning.