Lightning Unveiled! Think Swift replacing Objective C
- Chris Fellows
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Lightning unveiled is reminiscent of how Apple unveiled Swift.
Lightning is many things for many people, but the most effected will be developers.
For users, Lightning is a long, long, long awaited update to get with the times. Finally HTML5 UI displays, drag and drop components and a stylish menu bar. The most powerful CRM tool finally has a UI that is fit for its users in 2015 and beyond.
For admins, Lightning is power. Easily build components, drag and drop and presto, deployed functionality that before required APEX, release cycles, project managers, etc.
The power of Lightning definitely requires that your APEX code is robust and scalable. You cannot risk 1000 triggers firing because a user dragged an opportunity to a new projected sales level.
Given these changes, the playing field for developers just got larger. If you’re an APEX developer, you’re about to compete with UI coders, of whom there are plenty.
Of course with any change, opportunity is abundant for those who love transition and evolution. I personally am excited by the changes and what is possible. Delivering a new level of reporting only found in traditional reporting tools may be possible in Salesforce. Integration with large datasets and fast responsive UIs are simply fun and exciting to build and use.
Here’s to a bright, exciting future… lightning style.