Enjoy enhanced flow-building experience starting with Spring’19 release. Salesforce is at it again! – replacing Cloud Flow Designer (Canvas to design and build the flows) with a faster and robust tool – Lightning Flow Builder. It streamlines the process of – (1) flow building; and (2) maintenance – with a simplified user interface.
In light of the above, the first question that comes to mind is – what is the difference between Cloud Flow Designer and Lightning Flow Builder? Well, that is the very purpose of this article! – to give you an overview of Lightning Flow Builder and explain the difference.
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Lightning Flow is a tool which allows you to automate business processes by building applications known as Flows. Flow can be used to collect, create, update and delete information in Salesforce. Flows can also execute logic, interact with Salesforce database, call Apex classes, and guide users through screens for collecting and updating data. Once you design and develop Flows to fulfill the business requirement(s), grant access to Flows to your users. Let’s start with a business use case:
Business Use Case
Edward Backhouse is working as System administrator at GurukulOnCloud. Edward is new to Lightning Flow Builder and was motivated to learn more about it after reading this article – Want to be an Early Adopter of the New Lightning Flow Builder? Welcome Aboard!. After reading the article, following two questions arose in Edward’s mind:
- When to use Lightning Flow vs Process Builder?
- What is a Variable and how to create one using Lightning Flow Builder?
Lightning Flow vs Process Builder
These two tools have their own use cases – i.e., each tool is better suited to solve a specific kind of requirement or problem. Let’s start with a question – if you want to go to moon you would more likely use a rocket, as oppose to walking, as a means of transportation. But suppose, instead of going to moon, you tone down your goal and decide to go to the North Pole. In that case, yes, walking there may take ages but you may still be able to do so.