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What's New for Mobile Cloud Service

Release 18.2.3


May 2018

What’s New in Oracle Mobile Cloud Service?

As soon as an Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (MCS) update becomes available to Oracle data centers, your instance of MCS is upgraded accordingly. You don’t need to request an upgrade to be able to use the new features—they come to you automatically.

Release 18.2.3 — May 2018

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To make it easier to send and receive data from an external service, MCS can now generate code that exposes the methods of your connector API, and provides a default implementation that you can supplement in the API Designer. This means that you need to write little to no code to get to the data you need. Service developer You can learn more at Generating Custom APIs for Connectors.
Want to take advantage of Node.js 8 in your custom code? Not only is Node 8 faster than previous versions, but it also offers support for async/await patterns, which makes it much easier to work with asynchronous calls. Service developer Find out more at What’s the Foundation for the Custom Code Service?
Need a bigger payload for your rich text notifications? MCS now supports FCM’s (and GCM’s) limit of up to 4K. Mobile app developer  

Release 18.1.3 (V3.5) — February 2018

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Want to use Azure AD as your third-party identity provider? With 18.1.3, MCS expands the zero footprint token exchange to accept JWT tokens from third-party identity providers (IDPs). When your mobile app authenticates with an external IDP through WS-Trust Federation, your app can exchange the JWT token for an MCS JWT token. Mobile app developer You can learn more at Third-Party SAML and JWT Tokens.
The Database Management API now provides operations for you to create (and remove) your own index for database tables, thus drastically improving the performance of your custom code. Service developer Find out more at Creating or Deleting an Index on a Table.
A new policy, Security_CollectionsAllowAnonymous, enables you to provide anonymous access to the shared storage collections you specify. This is especially handy if, for example, you’re using storage collections to deliver news updates to all users, even those that have not yet registered for an account or logged in. Service developer Read up on this feature here: Adding Access Permissions to a Collection.
The new Analytics Data Management API gives you control over the amount of space analytics consumes in your database, with operations for purging data, shrinking the database, and more. This API is extremely useful if you want to write scripts to purge analytics data on an automated schedule. Administrator Purging Analytics Data tells you what you need to know.

Release 17.3.5 (V3.4) — September 2017

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Are you a MAX user? With one click, you can now enable your users to perform CRUD operations in offline mode. When they get back online, users can synchronize their data with a single tap. Business user You can learn more at Offline Sync.
Select fields are no longer limited to a fixed set of values in MAX. Now, tapping a Select field opens a list whose options can change --both in terms of length and content-- because they're populated with actual collection data from the business object, rather than static values. Business user Find out more at Select Lists.

Release 17.2.5 (V3.3) — June 2017

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Did you know that you can authorize any mobile user to use MCS services, even if they don’t have a SIM identity? MCS’s “zero footprint SSO” lets you do just that, provided that the user authenticates with a trusted external identity provider beforehand. Mobile app developer You can learn more at Using Tokens from Third-Party Identity Providers.
Need to make a quick change to a mobile backend that’s already been published, without having to force a re-install of your client app? As long as the change only affects the MBE’s metadata (like adding new APIs, app policies, and so on) and doesn’t require upgrading the calling mobile app, you can use an environment policy to redirect the calls to a new version of the MBE—or to a completely different MBE—without ever having to touch the app itself. This use case typically pops up when you’re releasing frequent new versions of your app and want to ensure that old versions continue to work while encouraging folks to install the later versions to uptake new features. Mobile app developer See Rerouting a Mobile Backend for more information.
To make it easier to debug and deploy custom code, MCS now provides a node container accessible through the command line. To access this container, all you need are two simple files, which you’ll find in the MCS SDKs. Service developer Download the SDK of your choice from the MCS UI, then consult the README file. Or check out Offline Debugging with the MCS Custom Code Test Tools.
The MCS REST connector support for REST APIs described with Swagger, which was in preview mode for 17.2.1, is now ready for prime time. Try it out! Service developer What is a REST Connector API? tells you what you need to know.
MCS connectors can now connect to SOAP-based services hosted with the SSL protocol using TLSv1, which is a requirement for some legacy web services.  This version of TLS had a missing SNI header in the SSL handshake, which has since been resolved. Service developer
Are you a MAX user? We’ve enhanced the search list options to help your app handle large data sets. To keep your app from getting overwhelmed, you can disable the default search behavior so that that your app only has to load the items that match the user search criteria. Business user You can find out more at Adding Search Fields.

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This document describes new features and other notable changes for Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (MCS).