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What's New for Mobile Cloud Service

Release 17.2.5 (V3.3)

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June 2017

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 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.

Release 17.2.1 (V3.2) — April 2017

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Take a sneak peek at the modified MCS REST connector, which now supports Swagger specifications to describe RESTful APIs. All you have to do is provide a Swagger descriptor URL in the REST Connector API wizard, and the wizard will go out and get all relevant resources and fields. If you don’t have a descriptor, you can simply enter the remote URL of the external service. In either case, you now have an easy way to browse and consume Swagger-based APIs. (This feature is in preview mode.) Service developer What is a REST Connector API? explains how.
You can now access user roles from custom code, which allows you to change the functionality of your app’s content based on the current user’s role. Writing code to serve disparate user groups has never been easier. Service developer This topic tells you what you need to know.
This release also ships with the latest release of Node.js  along with upgraded JS libraries for Request, Express and Bluebird. If you want to change the version that comes by default, it’s easy to do so. Check the Find Out More column for instructions. Service developer Instructions are here.

Release 16.4.5 (V3.1) — December 2016

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Want to write an API in less than five minutes without writing a single line of code? Start with your sample data, then auto-create APIs with all the methods and endpoints you need. With the Express API path, you can create mock APIs and get your client developers started on building apps right away, without having to wait for the APIs to actually be implemented. Service developers can then use the mock API as a blueprint for implementation in JavaScript with Node.JS. The API Builder provides a fully integrated API design, authoring, mock, and implementation service, all in once place. Service developer How Do I Create Resources with the Express API Designer? explains how.
Does your company use a third party identity provider? No need to sync that provider with MCS’s SIM, thanks to our new virtual user feature. Simply obtain a SAML token, then exchange it for an MCS token to access MCS APIs. Service developer See Android: Google API Key for details.
Mobile Cloud Service is now integrated with Syniverse, which allows you to send SMS messages to your mobile app users irrespective of platform. Mobile app developer Check out Syniverse: SMS Credentials for more info.
Speaking of MAX, in addition to stability improvements, here are just a few of the new features we’ve added:
  • Improved alignment for the horizontal metric component

  • Alignment properties for images

  • Support for actions on images in forms

Business user Check out Designing Your App for more information.
You’ve probably heard that Google has recently introduced Firebase and is planning to decommission GCM. One of the benefits of using MCS is that we always take care of these types of underlying changes for you. So your existing notifications will work just as they always have. Mobile app developer Android: Google API Key tells you more.
The Cordova SDK now features Sync Express, which enables an application to easily work offline with existing code that makes calls to REST APIs . Service developer Read Using Cordova Sync Express to find out what you need to know.
Shipped in the iOS SDK's examples.zip file, SalesPlus is a mobile app that shows you the Sync Client SDK in action. SalesPlus displays and maintains contact information, as well as reminders. You can use this app both online and offline and, if you make changes to your contact info while offline, the app syncs with the server automatically the next time your device goes online. Business user, service developer, mobile app developer See the SDK downloads page for access to the iOS SDK.

Release 16.4.1 (V3.0) — October 2016

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We’re constantly working to simplify the lifecycle of your mobile apps. A client now represents a single version of an application, and can be associated with a notification profile, which holds the credentials necessary for sending push or SMS notifications. A client is also associated with a single mobile backend. When you deploy (or export) the client, the mobile backend, its APIs, and all downstream assets are deployed along with it. What could be easier? Mobile app developer Check out Client Management for more info.
Our Location APIs have been enhanced: now you can query places, assets, and devices by their unique names. The Location UI has its own addition, too: a new “Last Known Location” field, which makes it easy to keep track of your assets far and wide. Mobile app developer See Calling the Location API from Your App for details.
Your business users can create mobile apps in minutes using Mobile Application Accelerator (MAX), which was introduced in the last service update. With this release, you get a new path in the API Designer to simplify the process for creating the resources your MAX users rely on. Service developer How Do I Create a Resource? tells you what you need to know.
Speaking of MAX, here are some new additions to enrich your mobile apps:
  • Your mobile apps can now have maps that support standard pinch and pan gestures.

  • Enable your app to leverage a user's current location using the the Data Mapper's new category, Device Services.

  • The Image component now integrates with the device camera, allowing your mobile app users to upload images.

  • MAX's new Import and Export functions add support for troubleshooting and debugging. When a user needs an expert opinion, he can export his app, which packages its metadata files and resources into ZIP files. His admin can take a look at these files and, by importing the ZIP into her MAX instance, can investigate further.

Business user Check out these links for more information:

Release 16.3.3 (V2.1) — August 2016

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Keep up with MCS buzz through our new dynamic home page banner, which advertises the latest features, white papers, videos, customer news, and more. The Oracle MCS team can update this banner at will, which means you don’t have to wait for a service upgrade to stay in the loop. All You’ll see the new home page banner as soon as you log in to Mobile Cloud Service.
Now you can register devices for push notifications even when the mobile users live in a third party LDAP, outside of Oracle. Mobile app developer See Registering a Device ID for more info.
It can be tricky to purge an artifact in MCS without a clear understanding of the artifact’s dependencies, both upstream and down. The MCS UI now clearly describes those dependencies, so you can resolve any potential issues before you delete. Mobile app developer Dependencies That Affect a Move to the Trash tells you what you need to know.
Writing mobile apps that rely on SaaS data such as Sales Cloud, HCM, and ERP just got a whole lot easier, thanks to a new connector that gives you access to Fusion Apps data through a set of easy-to-use wizards. Service developer The chapter Fustion Applications Connector APIs explains how to use this new connector.
Check out our new tutorial, which teaches you how to use the Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit (JET) with MCS. You’ll create a simple mobile app, then use JET code snippets to connect to MCS. Service developer You can find the new MCS/JET tutorial here.
What do you do with all the analytics data MCS collects when you no longer need it? Now you can purge analytics data for the MBEs you specify—based on a date range that you select—so you can free up storage space whenever you need to. Administrator You can find details at Purging Analytics Data.
You’ve always been able to download your log data to a CSV, text, XML, or JSON file, but there was a limit of 500 records. That limit has been increased to 10,000 log records, which you can export to the file type of your choice. Administrator  
When testing connectors that call an outbound service through SSL, it can be frustrating when the connection fails due to a missing host name. Now you can turn off SSL hostname verification in your MCS dev environments through a new policy, making connector development much easier. Administrator Disabling SSL Hostname Verification tells you what you need to know.
Do you want to display your corporate or department logo at the top of your screens? How about adding a status meter above your screen’s lists, fields, tabs, or pages to focus your users on a goal? Now you can add this dimension to your screen using a summary panel in MAX. Business user See Screen Summary to find out more.
MAX already creates standard screen actions for you, like Back, Create, Save, and Edit, but now you can add actions for tasks or behaviors that are specific to your app. Business user See Screen Actions to find out more.
Now you can add a search field to the List component in MAX, to help your app users find items using a full or partial match. Business user See Adding Search Fields to find out more.
Your layout options in MAX now include the Card component, which you can use wherever you need a small container to display visual component, along with some text. Business user See Cards to find out more.

Release 16.2.3 (V2.0) — May 2016

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Empower your business users to build their own mobile apps with Mobile Application Accelerator (MAX). As long as the underlying APIs are created according to a set of pre-defined patterns, folks in HR, Finance, and other non-technical roles can build mobile apps without ever having to write a line of code. Business user Start here.
Need some mobile apps to manage timecard entries and other HR tasks? No need to build them yourself. MCS provides some pre-built, self-service apps that bring key E-Business Suite data to all your mobile devices. Mobile application developer If you want them, click Solution Downloads on the MCS Applications landing page.”
Want to make your apps location-aware? Now you can define points of interest and query those points using the Location Platform API. With the Location API, you’ll know where your users are so you can send them vital information right when they need it, to keep your customers firmly engaged. Mobile application developer The Location chapter tells you how to use Location in your mobile apps.
Let your mobile users log on to your apps using their Microsoft Azure Active Directory credentials. Mobile application developer You’ll find what you need to know here.
Version 1.1 brought you the ability to export and import artifacts across MCS instances through a set of APIs. 16.2.3 makes working with these artifacts (called “packages”) a whole lot easier, thanks to a brand new user interface. Service developer See Packages for more information.
To facilitate your PaaS and SaaS integration projects, we’ve added OAuth and JWT token policies for REST connectors, to help make identify propagation easier. Service developer Security Policies for REST Connectors contains the reference information you’ll need.

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