Sunday 12 July 2015

Salesforce Lightning Components Hello World SPA Project

Lightning component framework from salesforce is amazing add on to platform .To build Single Page Applications there are lot of modern  framework like angular ,backbone,ember,meteor,react Js and lot more.Every framework comes with its own advantages and disadvantages .Salesforce lightning is one among them which is fast maturing .

I was reading through lightning component developer guide recently and just to explore  art of possibilities I did a quick Lightning SPA project that shows below listed  functionality:

  1. Quick Add ,Edit and Delete Account to Salesforce from standalone lightning App or Salesforce 1
  2. Using bootstrap library for UI in lightning project
  3. How to achieve simple navigation using CSS toggle 
  4. How to display error messages from server by dynamically creating lightning component markups
  5. Effective use of Events to communicate between components .
Lets take a demo video of the application before deep dive into some of the awesome stuff I have

Some of the key points I noted while doing this SPA Project are as below

Events :

Events are really cool .If you are not familiar with event driven pattern then you will have some tough time .In event driven pattern key is two components communicate with each other using events .There will be  Subscriber component and a publisher component .

Publisher component will publish event using aura:register tag.The events needs to be fired on action from button click or through any events.A simple example in my application when I create New Account ,my edit component fires an event and the main LightningSPA component listens to the Event and performs necessary actions needed 

The below code self explains the principle of firing events and then handling the event back 


I miss angular routing here where one could easily navigate between templates .If your application is not running as standalone and you want only for salesforce 1 mobile client ,there are bunch of navigation support provided 

If we need for both standalone and SF1 one way document recommends is using below code

For my app I  prefered old  school approach of toggling using CSS as it makes it super fast .

Displaying Error Message:

Error handling at client side is easier if we dynamically create alert messages .One of the approaches for same is as below 

What are key things that would be needed if you are submitting for security review

  1. Make sure FLS is handled in backend code for apex 
  2. Make sure you do DML access check at backend apex
  3. As far as possible avoid use of third party libraries (We cant totally avoid agree),but would recommend to use framework specified tags 
  4. Name space your bootstrap .There is an online tool that can help you do this
  5. Avoid usage of aura:unescapedHtml
  6. On page load init handlers avoid DML .
Few more documented below

The fun part 

I am sharing all code in my github library .So feel free to pull and do changes ,suggest changes ,tweet me concerns .


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