Companies that want to customize their Salesforce experience around their own unique needs will now be able to tap into programming skills already familiar to a huge portion of the software development world.
Salesforce customers that want to take advantage of Lightning Web Components will still need to learn a few special tricks around how Salesforce data is used in their apps, but it will take them far less time to get up and running than before this release, said Jacob Lehrbaum, vice president of developer relations at Salesforce.
Last month Zendesk announced that it would be pursing a similar strategy by building a customer-relationship management development platform on Amazon Web Services, betting that developers already familiar with the cloud giant’s tools would find it easier to get up and running with custom apps. It didn’t try to hide that it was targeting companies learning custom skills for Salesforce’s Lightning when unveiling that new service.
Lightning Web Components will be available as a preview starting Thursday, and several Salesforce customers have been testing the capability in a private beta over the last few months, the company said. General availability of this service should arrive by February 2019.