Salesforce Lightning

Salesforce Lightning consists of a component framework and a suite of tools and services, including:

  • Lightning Schema Builder (GA) - model your business using Standard & Custom objects
  • Lightning Process Builder (GA) - define workflow visually
  • Lightning App Builder (Pilot) - assemble your app from components and workflows
  • Lightning Connect (GA) - access external data using the OData protocol
  • Lightning Components (Beta) - standard & custom components provide an eeasy way to add functionality to your apps
  • AppExchange Component Marketplace - get component from the wider Salesforce community & distribute your own components.

Purpose of Lightning

  • To provide standard & custom components that minimising the effort required to construct apps for any device on the Salesforce Platform.
  • To provide a suite of tools that allow you to assemble apps without the need to code.
  • To provide a component framework so bespoke functionality can be added to your apps in a consistent way.


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  • What is the difference between workflows, flows & processes?
  • process builder is built on visual workflow logic, yet offers a modern UI built with lightning components. Process builder may eventually replace visual workflow tool (flash based)
  • where do flows fit in though ?