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What Is Lightning Development In Salesforce?

Rajat Kesarwani

By Rajat Kesarwani| Monday, November 28, 2022 01:49 PM | 4 min read

Have you been hearing the buzzwords Salesforce or Lightning Development in Salesforce but not very clear about the concept? Are you wondering if you should use Salesforce in your business? Well, if these are some of your questions, you have come to the right place. Here, you will get all the important information related to lightning development in Salesforce and you will also understand if they are the same things or there are slight differences.
Let us begin by understanding what lightning development in Salesforce actually means!

Understanding Lightning Development In Salesforce

In simple words, Lightning is a framework that is based on components and is used for app development in Salesforce. Well, what exactly a framework is? Well, an app framework offers a collection of services and codes that helps developers to create their own custom apps. Since the codes are already written, it is much easier to create customized apps without actually writing the codes yourself. You can find loads of app frameworks such as AngularJS, Grails, Ruby on Rails, Django, and much more.
Let us come back to the Lightning Component framework. So, it is basically a UI framework that is used for developing applications for desktop or mobile devices. This framework is quite modern and can be used for making apps that are single pages and have a responsive and dynamic interface for Lightning Platform apps. Usually, it uses Apex on the side of the server and JavaScript on the side of the client.
In other words, Lightning components were created and are used to build mobile apps for the Salesforce platform. Since it works in the heart of the Lightning Component framework, the entire app development process becomes much easier. Moreover, these apps work on desktop and mobile devices perfectly and in a hassle-free manner. They are much simpler if compared to other frameworks.

Is There A Difference Between Salesforce Lightning & Salesforce Classic?


• User Experience is More Enhanced: One of the most striking differences between Salesforce Lightning and Salesforce Classic is the user experience that it provides. With Lightning, you get a much better interface that includes various functionalities such as a drop-and-down and it can be achieved without actually writing any codes. Hence, Salesforce app development is more versatile with Lightning.
• Quick App-Building: Through Lightning Components, the development of apps becomes a highly intuitive process. It is not necessary to touch code - simply through a manual configuration starting from scratch or from already developed apps, any process can be adapted to what is necessary for the company.
• Lightning Ecosystem: If we already find ourselves in Classic with a collaborative environment, either through the multiple forums, or through the support tools, or on the AppExchange, the Lightning environment offers a development capacity through the exchange of our own apps and common solutions that far exceeds what has already been experienced in the classic version. Added to this is a great capacity for interaction with customers through the aforementioned applications. • Drag-And-Drop: No more waiting for the IT developer who understands the logic behind the objects to be the only one who can modify how Salesforce works. Through intuitive development, it is only necessary to “drag and drop” to achieve the desired behavior of the platform.
• Design System: Where before we had to work through APIs to unify the back end of our company with the front end for the customer, now, the tools and their behaviors are synchronized organically with what happens in the CRM.

If I'm Happy With Salesforce Classic, Why Move To Lightning?

It is true that there are many disappointments that you might face when entering Lightning at times. Beyond the initial visual impression, you would immediately began to find problems and slowness when doing your daily work. But as we have mentioned, we are already talking about an almost complete translation of the features of the Classic version and a notable improvement in loading speed. Beyond that, we must assume that we are facing an inevitable transformation. In addition to that, the latest Salesforce releases are all oriented to Salesforce Lightning and, although it can continue to be maintained in Classic with the same functionality as before, it is true that the future will lean more and more toward the new version.

Do I Have Everything I Need In Salesforce Lightning?

Another great entry barriers (or change in this case) that were attributed to Salesforce Lightning was that there was no real translation of the processes, objects, and developments that existed or could be carried out in Salesforce Classic. Moreover, there was no lack of reason: templates, custom objects, budgets, processes, and, in many cases, apps developed within the environment itself, were inaccessible from the new platform. But the San Francisco company has gotten its act together and, although there are still edges to be polished, today, we find that 95% of the Classic features can be used without problem in Lightning.
On one hand, the ease of use of the apps for the client and, on the other, the functionality that users of Salesforce itself will find on the platform is enough of a reason to go for Salesforce Lightning. It's time to switch to Lightning! You can give it a try by putting someone who has never touched Salesforce to work with the Classic and Lightning versions and we assure you that in most cases, they will stick with the new version.

How Can We Help With Lightning Development?

To sum up, Lightning Development in Salesforce can be very helpful when it comes to developing mobile or desktop apps. It can make the entire process much easier while also offering an easily understandable UI. If you still have questions regarding the same, you can get in touch with us. We are a reputed Salesforce Development Company offering various Salesforce CRM consulting services. Having served numerous clients with Salesforce solutions, we can definitely offer great possibilities to streamline your business.

Rajat Kesarwani
About the Author Rajat Kesarwani is the CEO of Dreamstel Technologies. With over 15 years of experience in maintaining business relations with esteemed companies across the US and Australia, Mr. Kesarwani has earned an excellent reputation in the IT industry. He has been offering advanced technology services to businesses that require any kind of IT solution. His expert services at Dreamstel includes developing and introducing next-generation apps and spreading awareness about Salesforce. His objective is to reach out to companies in need of advanced technology solutions, and he has been successfully moving ahead in the right direction to do so, through Dreamstel Technologies.