Salesforce said it will open source its Lightning Web Components framework for developers.
The move is designed to give Salesforce's Lightning user interface platform more reach with developers. Lightning allows developers to build portable web components on any development platform.
Salesforce, which has contributed to various projects, announced the open source plan at its TrailheaDX conference.
For Salesforce, the upside to open sourcing Lightning Web Components is that it could gain more developers. Salesforce may also be able to leverage the open source community for new features and apps.
If anything, Salesforce is a bit late to the open source game given that enterprise software players such as IBM, Red Hat, Microsoft and Oracle all have varying of levels of open source strategies. Meanwhile, cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure are all weaving in--or starting--open source categories.
Consider just a few recent developments:
- How Juniper is moving to an open-source mindset
- Microsoft releases first Chromium-based Edge preview for MacOS
- Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella comes to Red Hat Summit
- Windows 10 is getting a Microsoft-built Linux kernel
- Microsoft, Red Hat develop open-source service for auto-scaling serverless containers on Kubernetes
- Programming languages: Python developers now outnumber Java ones