Salesforce Open Sources Lightning Web Components

Today at TrailheaDX 2019, Salesforce’s fourth annual developer conference, the company announced that it will open source Lightning Web Components; a JavaScript Framework for building web components on the Lightning Platform. This decision aims to further increase engagement with the 7 million+ worldwide JavaScript developers, while also taking advantage of the power of community innovation by embracing the benefits of open source development.

Developers everywhere will now be able to use Lightning Web Components to design standards-based applications on the Platform of their choosing, whether that is the Lightning Platform, Heroku, or any other development Stack. The announcement provided the example of a Node.js developer now being able to use the framework to accelerate the design of customer engagement applications on Heroku, then contributing to the growth of the framework by examining the code base and sharing insights based on their hands-on experience. Salesforce views this kind of engagement as a crucial catalyst for rapid innovation:

“Open source software is a leading accelerant for innovation,” said Chris Kelly, Director, OpenSource, 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 are open source and ready to use immediately. Developers interested in getting started can find more information here.

(Disclosure: MuleSoft was acquired by Salesforce in 2018 and MuleSoft is the parent company to ProgrammableWeb)

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