Post 2 – Building Your First Lightning Web Component for Salesforce Series

This will be the second of a series of posts I will be doing over the next few weeks. They will all lead up to the introduction of my new course titled, “Building Your First Lightning Web Component for Salesforce” from Pluralsight.

Setting Up Your Development Environment (in 5 somewhat easy steps)

Step 1: Signup for a Developer Org

I know you may already have one of these, but  I suggest you sign up for another one since this will be used primarily as a DevHub. You go can signup here.

The primary function of the DevHub is to create and manage scratch orgs. To enable the DevHub, go to Setup and type Dev in the Quick Find Box and go to the DevHub Page. Click the Enable button and just remember that once enabled, you cannot disable a DevHub org.

Step 2: Install the latest version of Visual Studio CodeVSCode

Even if you already have Visual Studio Code running on your machine, I suggest you to download and install this version by going here.

This is this is the IDE that Salesforce has chosen to recommend and fully support for LWC.

Step 3: Install the Salesforce CLI

The CLI, or Command Line Interface helps to simplify Salesforce development by allowing you as a developer to pretty much do everything you need to do to develop, test and deploy your code.

Be aware that unlike the rest of Salesforce,  the CLI is updated weekly.  You can download the version for your operating system here. Just remember to run the sfdx update command frequently so you know you have the latest version.

Step 4: Install the Salesforce Extension Pack for Visual Studio Code

To get this installed, you should launch Visual Studio Code and when you do,you will want to start by clicking the extensions icon on the left toolbar. If you start to type in Salesforce, you should see a list of all the Salesforce extensions. For now, you will want to click install for the Salesforce Extension Pack.


Step 5: Install the Java Platform Standard Edition Development Kit

This can be found on the Oracle website and you will want to make sure you have installed the latest version 8 or 11 for your particular operating system. During the installation, you will need to ensure that the install points to the directories listed here for either Windows or the mac:

  • Windows: C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_221.jdk\
  • MacOS: /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_221.jdk/Contents/Home.

Once the installation is complete you will also need to change a setting in VS Code to reflect this. You do this by going to File, Preferences and Settings. This is where you will point VS code to the right Java install. Enter apex java and select Salesforcedx-vscode-apex. Notice that the path here is not the one you installed to.


So,we will need to change this. You can do that by going to .vscode and selecting the settings.json file. You will then paste a path like the following into this file and clicking save.


And finally you will relaunch VS Code. I know this seems like a pain, but there are some features in the Salesforce Extension pack that rely on this SDK, so it is important that you install it.

That’s it (Phew)…

See you next week, when we will be talking about composition and communication of your LWC’s.


  1. Hi Sara. Many thanks for this great Blog which I will follow until conclusion. When we have queries, is it best simply to communicate with you via this chat? If so, how do we send screenshots? Or, do you have a more direct correspondence e.g email of facebook? I have followed the instruction and have V.S Code installed but am getting runtime faults. Please can you advise?
    Screenshot links;

    • Hi Federick,

      I am sorry you are having so many problems getting VS Code installed. When you installed the Java runtime, which version did you install, 8 or 11?

      I see you are doing this on Windows. I actually run it all myself on a mac and was just using the Windows machine to record the course. I have never run into this particular error myself, but perhaps someone else reading this blog has and can respond with an answer. Sorry I could not offer more help.

    • Hi Frederick.. I apologize that my original post did not have more helpful instructions. I am about to make a revision, but wanted you to be aware of this first. If you look here,, you will see that you want to change the setting to the full pathname of your Java Runtime. Do not set it to the Java executable itself.I noticed that in your screenshot of the settings, you were pointing to the bin folder. Try changing that and restarting VS Code and see if that does not resolve your problem.

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