Salesforce has introduced a new platform called Lightning Web Components (LWC) in December 2018
Lightning Web Components takes Salesforce lightning platform one step closer to using web standards for UI development. Those new to salesforce who are familiar with basic frontend language such as Visualforce Pages can directly jump into LWC without having an in-depth understanding of Aura Components (Lightning Components). LWC uses modern Java Script Frameworks – this means any non-salesforce developer who is familiar with Node.JS or React can easily be able to code in LWC.
Since LWC has come into existence we can now create Lightning components in the following ways:
- Aura components– which are also known as lightning components.
- Lightning Web Components- the newest way to create lightning components.
First thing we will know about what web components are. Web Components consist of four separate technologies that are used together:
- HTML templates:User-defined templates in HTML are rendered only when called upon. HTML Living Standard specification has the definition of the tag.
- ES Modules:The ES Modules specification defines the inclusion and reuse of JS documents in a standard based, modular, performant way.
- ES6 (ECMAScript 2015)
- ES7 (ECMAScript 2016)
- ES8 (ECMAScript 2017)—excluding Shared Memory and Atomics
- ES9 (ECMAScript 2018)—including only Object Spread Properties (not Object Rest Properties)
- Web Components
- Custom Elements
- Shadow DOM
- Templates and slots
For a Business user, Sales reps who uses the Lightning Experience on the daily basis for their business process, they don’t find any difference between the LWC and Aura Component. Behind the scenes, developers can notice lot of difference between Aura Framework pattern and Web Standards.
Why do you go for LWC instead of existing Aura Components?
- Better Performance: Because of the no added abstraction layer, LWC is likely to render faster than aura components since performance is important to deliverability.
- Faster loading sites: Like lightning, LWC is faster in loading the developed components than Aura Components and is lightweight framework which is built on web standards.
- More Standards, less proprietary: LWC has built-in browser security features from Web Components Standards, so the usage of out-of-the-box is more and less of customization. We all know that Aura is proprietary so with LWC, the more we know about web standards; more we’ll have the skill that can be used in other technologies as well.
- Common Components/Service Components: We can now write components that have no User Interface in LWC, and those components can be reused in other components which are more efficient than Static Resources.
- Easier to ramp for developers: No additional framework is needed to learn in order to develop LWC and hence transition for the developers is a lot easier.
- Better security, better testing and better browser compatibility: With LWC, CSS, Script and DOM Isolation are better and has more limited event scope. With each of these we have more consistency in designing Components. LWC also supports Two-way data binding with which we can coordinate how data moves between Components
Reusing Aura Framework for LWC Development:
We all know about Lightning Data Service (LDS) in Lightning Components. It is basically used to create, update, read and delete a record without any using Apex Code. Similarly, LWC can also leverage LDS by accessing data and metadata from all Standard and Custom objects.
Import from ‘lightning/uiRecordApi’
LWC provides a layer of Salesforce services on top of the core stack which includes User Interface APIs, base lightning components(LC) and Lightning Data Service(LDS). We can compose Aura components from Lightning web components, but can’t do the vice versa of this.
Interoperability between Lightning Web Components and Lightning Components
- Aura and LWC can be able to communicate using Public API’s and Events.
- LWC can be embedded inside Aura Components, but Aura Components cannot be embedded inside LWC.
- To dig deep into this topic, Salesforce has provided a great article on this Interoperability.
Syntax Differences can be as follows:
About the Author
Sai Kiran Kadiyala and Lavanya Duptala, CRM Technical Analysts, are a part of Jade Global India CRM Delivery Team in Hyderabad. They have extensive experience on Implementation projects in Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Communities and Lightning Conversions. They are very curious to learn new things and are apt learners – Especially Lightning Components , Lightning Web Components, and anything do with Salesforce Lightning Experience. They work with the business directly to architect solutions and execute enhancements/ support requests to current Salesforce.com organization of Jade Global’s clients.
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