The Salesforce Commerce Cloud 2024 roadmap announcement brings a plethora of exciting features, with particular attention to the enhancements in API, eCDN, and the Composable Storefront (aka PWA-Kit). Among these updates, the modifications to the Composable Storefront architecture are especially noteworthy, representing a significant advancement for developers. These new changes will reduce the time to market as well as boost innovation for retailers.
Code Extensibility Takes Center Stage
One of the standout features of the Composable Storefront evolution will be enhanced modularity. Salesforce is introducing an overlay structure that empowers developers to override specific segments of code without the need to rewrite entire sections. This will improve the arduous task of owning extensive code for minor changes. Now, developers can seamlessly introduce new features while maintaining the integrity of the base code.
The Significance for Developers
Why does this matter to developers? The answer lies in streamlined code organization. With the enhanced Composable Storefront architecture, developers can quickly discern what has changed, making the development process more efficient. The overlay structure can offer a clear picture of the code’s structure. This is especially beneficial when dealing with multiple brands, sites, and locales.
Future-proofing: A Reality Check
The whole concept here is that after you are live on the platform, if Salesforce releases a new version or feature in Composable Storefront, this extensibility architecture makes it easy to upgrade and get that benefit. The reality is a bit more nuanced. Past experiences with the Storefront Reference Architecture (SFRA) upgrades and new features suggest that even with improved architecture, it remains a substantial undertaking to take an upgrade to the base code. However, the fact that this architecture pattern is on the roadmap means Salesforce is thinking ahead, listening to the developer community, and really investing in the long-term success of Composable Storefront.
Embrace the Current Composable Storefront
Despite the upcoming enhancements, waiting for the latest architecture may not be the best strategy. The current Composable Storefront/PWA-kit, already in version 3.4.0, offers a mature and production-ready solution. Developers can enjoy the benefits of React and modular coding via the override pattern (see Template Extensibility docs). Upgrading now ensures staying abreast of the latest features and improvements, setting the stage for a smoother transition when the enhanced architecture arrives.
In conclusion, Salesforce Commerce Cloud’s 2024 roadmap promises a bright future for developers and retailers, with Composable Storefront leading the charge in code extensibility. The evolving architecture not only simplifies development but also underscores Salesforce’s dedication to creating a thriving developer community. Whether you’re upgrading now or eyeing the future enhancements, the journey with Salesforce Commerce Cloud is undoubtedly on an exciting trajectory.
Watch the Commerce Cloud 2024 Roadmap Webinar to learn more.