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"A lot of companies -- and Salesforce is one of them -- are waking up to the realization that the tech company with the best relationship with developers is the tech company that wins," he said.
Dayaratna added that Salesforce's Lightning Web Components has the functionality now to provide a standard-based programming model, while also providing flexibility for custom coding. Salesforce prereleased Lightning Web Components in December 2018. The vendor said the product will be generally available in February.
The shift toward standardization
Trying to make programming easier on Salesforce
Arnal Dayaratnaresearch director, IDC
Lightning Web Components is part of the larger Lightning Platform, Salesforce's modern app development framework, which was released in 2014.
Lightning Web Components comes free with a Lightning Platform license, according to Salesforce.