Event Source Notifications in MFP 7.1 Cordova Applications

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Multi-line GCM notification in Android

Isn’t it frustrating that even with a big screen Android phone, you cannot read a Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) push notification send from MobileFirst server , in its entirety in the notification shade. Changing the orientation to landscape does not help as this has no effect on the notification shade in your Android phone. You quickly want to copy a coupon code or OTP (One time password) but cannot, since you do not see the complete text....more

Please take part in our Mobile Developers' Survey

We at IBM MobileFirst Platform team spend a lot of time creating new stuff. in our daily race to make sure we are up to speed with what our users need, it seems like a good idea to ask them directly about their use of the product. We actually didn’t come up with this approach by ourselves- this is becoming a common practice in our industry....more

Mobile Quality Assurance delivers export feedback

I’ve always been sort of fascinated by the speed and convenience of mail delivery services in the United States. In anticipation of the rapidly-arriving Halloween holiday, I purchased a Harley Quinn costume from Amazon. In a mere two days, my costume of epic proportions was packaged, left the carrier facility, traveled several hundred miles, and delivered to my doorstep. Meanwhile, all I had to do was click a few buttons and walk to my door....more

IBM Mobile Quality Assurance adds bug-tracking integration and sentiment analysis results for India

One of the nice things about new features is that they can provide you with the solution to the one or two things that prevented something from completely meeting your needs. For example, do you remember what convinced you to purchase your new phone or car?Mobile Quality Assurance (MQA) for Bluemix updated its code to include the ability to connect with additional issue-tracking systems, as well as sentiment analysis support for India. Bug-tracking system supportMQA had issue-tracking integration with IBM Rational Team Concert for quite a while, but you had some roadblocks to overcome if you did not use Rational......more

Xamarin SDK for MobileFirst Foundation is 1 year old!

October 8th - the IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation (aka Worklight) Xamarin SDK turned 1! Agreed – this blog post is a couple of weeks overdue :). We unveiled the component at Evolve last year and have been releasing updates to keep pace with the IBM MFP releases. Initially the updates were a bit slow to keep pace as we were getting the skids greased, but now we are at a 1st day support cycle since our 7.1 release. And we refreshed it 7 times in between as well. 9 updates in the last 12 months – not too shabby! This......more

Running ibm-mobilefirst-starter container locally

Disclaimer: The solution discussed herein is from my own personal experience as a developer using the MobileFirst platform and do not represent IBM's view nor IBM's interest in supporting this officially....more

Hybrid Wallet lab series for MFP 7.1 has been released!

Greetings!...more

Using MFP Adapters as an endpoint for Analytics Alerts webhooks

Alerting in MFP Analytics now allows users to set alerts around their analytics data that will notify them when a threshold has been reached. Currently, these notifications are sent through the analytics console or a configurable webhook....more

JS errors in MFP Windows Universal apps when using AngularJS

Have you experienced the "add dynamic content Errors" in MFP Windows Universal apps?...more

MQA plays nicely with Cordova

My brother and I never got along when we were kids. I suppose that happens with most siblings. I would want to watch a movie, while he preferred to read comic books. We quite simply didn’t mesh that well together.Similarly, IBM Mobile Quality Assurance (MQA) and Apache Cordova are great products by themselves, but they could never interact with each other. Until now. In this tutorial, I will show you just how easy it is to make them work together (much easier than for a parent of siblings)....more

Best Practice - Capturing Client Logs and Analytics

Do you need to capture raw debug logs from devices in production from the field? Do you want to capture analytics events from applications deployed in production?...more

Enhance MobileFirst Cordova app using Visual Studio 2015

Exploring and Coding are part of every developer's life. While exploring you may come across many technologies, tools, libraries etc. Each technology has its own recommended IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for developing applications. Like...more

MobileFirst Analytics - Quick & Dirty Clusters

Since you've read the MobileFirst Analytics - Planning for Production blog post, you're ready to get some practice setting up a cluster....more

CVE-2015-5204 HTTP header injection vulnerability in Apache Cordova Android File-Transfer Plugin

As of October 6, 2015, this blog post acknowledges that IBM is aware of the recent vulnerability in the Apache Cordova Android File-Transfer Plugin and has responded accordingly....more

MobileFirst Services on Bluemix now support Android and Open Source SDKs

When IBM Bluemix started, the opportunity for mobile developers was an obvious one. It takes only a quick look at your phone to see that almost every app uses a core set of capabilities - Authentication, Push Notifications, Data and Analytics. Consider how many apps there are, and that they are all using this functionality. Should every developer be standing up a server and rewriting this rudimentary software? No, they should be using a service or services. Heck, they probably shouldn’t be writing any server side code at all, right? So true to lean, we stood up a set of......more

New lab series for MFP 7.1 has been released!

Greetings!We just published new hybrid hands-on lab series for MobileFirst Platform 7.1...more

Ready-to-go Bluemix Web App to speed up MobileFirst Platform Foundation deployment to IBM Bluemix Containers

Have you tried deploying the MobileFirst Platform to IBM Containers before? If yes, you would have used a bunch of command-line shell scripts which needs a list of prerequisites to set up the environment, refer the article - Run IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation on IBM Containers....more

MobileFirst Analytics - Planning for Production

MobileFirst Analytics – Pre-productionPart of the value of MobileFirst Platform (MFP) Foundation is the out-of-the-box, simple, integrated analytics reporting and console you deploy so you can see a near live view of your infrastructure performance, client logs, and many other events and statistics.This article does not intend to give you the talking points or espouse the benefits of analytics. I hope the value of analytics and in-production client log collection is well understood! The goal here is to give you the proper knowledge to confidently go into production with a robust, ready, and scalable analytics cluster capable of handling the......more

Updated features and a new addition to Mobile Quality Assurance

As you may know, the IBM Mobile Quality Assurance (MQA) team recently released the latest MQA SDKs. If you have not yet used the old or the new version, try MQA on Bluemix.The native iOS and Android SDKs remained much the same. However, the JavaScript hybrid SDK for IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation saw some major changes, and a new Apache Cordova hybrid SDK was born! For all of you eager developers wanting to learn the latest and greatest changes to this family, continue reading.Apache Cordova SDKYou can use the new Apache Cordova SDK to instrument MQA to work with pure......more

How to Customize Ionic Styles in MobileFirst Platform/Ionic Hybrid Application

Before getting started, I would like to give the credit to my teammate Jeff Tennenbaum, who figured out how to get this working.When building hybrid mobile applications using MobileFirst Platform (MFP), part of the process is to choose a JavaScript framework to speed up the development of mobile applications (e.g., Ionic, jQuery Mobile, Dojo, etc.). In this blog, we will use Ionic for our hybrid application. One of the common things developers do is to add their custom styles. The recommended way of working with custom styles in Ionic is by using Sass, a powerful CSS language extension.Before being able......more

Connect your iOS 9 app to Bluemix today

Our mobile backend applications are compatible with iOS 9. We tested our samples after upgrading them to the iOS 9 SDK, and they worked with Bluemix without any further updates.The following boilerplates and services support iOS 9: MobileFirst Services Starter boilerplate Push for iOS 8 (Push Notifications) service Advanced Mobile Access (Mobile Client Access) service Cloudant mobile extensions</ul>The following boilerplates and services have toleration support for iOS 9: Mobile Cloud boilerplate Push service Mobile Application Security service Mobile Data serviceFor more information about what’s new in iOS 9, check out the iOS 9 release notes.Although your app will work with......more

IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation is ready for iOS 9. Are you?

The recent announce of the much anticipated iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPad Pro as well as iOS 9.0 release has caused quite a bit of activity in the mobile ecosystem. Consumers are quick to adopt the newest devices and operating system, and the expectation is that their existing apps continue to work seamlessly after the upgrade. This means organizations delivering mobile apps for iOS must move quickly to test, build, and deliver their apps for the new platform and devices. Considering the heightened expectations and tight timeline, this can be a daunting task for organizations. That said, organizations......more

Hybrid Mobile Development and MobileFirst 7.1 - Increasing the Awesome

Working with hybrid mobile apps and MobileFirst 7.0 was a bit complex as the process was somewhat removed from what Cordova developers were used to. The good news is that MobileFirst 7.1 makes it dramatically easier to integrate hybrid mobile apps. As a hybrid mobile developer myself, this was music to my ears....more

Getting Started With IBM MobileFirst and Node.js APIs built with LoopBack

IBM recently announced the acquisition of StrongLoop, creators of the LoopBack enterprise Node.js framework and active contributors to the Node.js community....more

Configure Push notifications proxy for MobileFirst Server

There are cases where security guidelines / restrictions in the datacenter mandate that servers inside the datacenter cannot open outbound connections to the internet. The MobileFirst server needs to open outbound connections to the platform specific cloud push notification services like Apple Push Notification service (APNS), Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) or the Windows Notification service (WNS). In such cases, communicating via a proxy is a preferred option. A Proxy can be configured to contact the Push mediators and send out notifications, masking MFPF server identity....more

IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation support for iOS 9

Note: Apps that are built with IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation v6.0 to v7.1 are supported on iOS 9 GM Seed build. </p>...more

ATS and Bitcode in iOS 9

Note: Starting IBM MobileFirst Foundation 8.0 Bitcode is now supported....more

How to enable App Transport Security for iOS 9 in IBM MobileFirst Platform Server

App Transport Security is one of the new features enforced by Apple to improve secure communications between App and Web Services. This feature is available from iOS 9 or later. This post talks about how to enable transport security on IBM MobileFirst Platform Servers.App Transport Security, in simple words, mandates the application to communicate with a web service over TLS version 1.2 protocol and use connection ciphers that provide forward secrecy. This means the developer has to ensure that the web service to which his application is communicating is deployed on a web server that supports TLS version 1.2 and......more

Integrating StrongLoop with MobileFirst Platform

OverviewMost mobile applications need to access data stored in the enterprise's back-end system of records and other back-end systems. The traditional way for accessing those back-end systems in MobileFirst Platform (MFP) is using adapters. Adapters are pieces of code written in JavaScript that are called fom the mobile application using RPC over HTTP and that make a call to some back-end system....more

Integrating MQA into Xamarin.Android app

It all started when I received an email seeking help on using MQA or to be more precise integrating MQA into Xamarin based android app. Before jumping into addressing the problem, let's define MQA....more

MobileFirst Platform support for Android Marshmallow

This blog post will be continuously updated with the latest updates from testing IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation with Android Marshmallow</p>...more

Connecting Securely to On-Premise Backends from MobileFirst on IBM Bluemix containers

Note: This procedure is no longer applicable. Use the VPN service for MobileFirst Platform Foundation 7.1 on Containers. For instructions for MobileFirst server running on Liberty buildpacks and Mobile Foundation Bluemix service (which also runs on Liberty buildpack), pl refer to this blog post ....more

Filling in the blanks with 7.1 Analytics

Sometimes you may want to take your analytics data beyond the console....more

First lab series for MFP 7.1 has been released

We just published first hands-on labs series based on MobileFirst Platform 7.1....more

Integrating IBM MobileFirst on Bluemix Containers with Bluemix Services

IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation v7.1 is enabled to run on IBM Bluemix using the IBM Containers....more

Importing Visual studio Cordova project with Ionic and AngularJS into MobileFirst Platform

Let me start this post with a disclaimer that "Don't panic by reading the post title". It might look bit lengthy, but still summarises what we are trying to achieve here.Let me explain you in four steps,...more

Handling binary responses in native Android using Java adapters

This is a follow up to Handling binary responses in native iOS using Java adapters....more

Try on Bluemix and migrate to on-prem MobileFirst Platform

Contributed By : Chethan Kumar SN (chethankumar.sn@in.ibm.com) and Vittal Pai (vittalpai@in.ibm.com)...more

Xamarin SDK for IBM MobileFirst 7.1 is live

Last week, we announced the general availability of IBM MobileFirst Platform v7.1. Today, we are announcing the availability of the Xamarin SDK for IBM MobileFirst Platform v7.1. Xamarin developers can exploit the new APIs in v7.1. You can download the SDK from the Xamarin Component Store....more





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Multi-line GCM notification in Android

Isn’t it frustrating that even with a big screen Android phone, you cannot read a Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) push...

Please take part in our Mobile Developers' Survey

We at IBM MobileFirst Platform team spend a lot of time creating new stuff. in our daily race to make...

Mobile Quality Assurance delivers export feedback

I’ve always been sort of fascinated by the speed and convenience of mail delivery services in the United States. In...

IBM Mobile Quality Assurance adds bug-tracking integration and sentiment analysis results for India

One of the nice things about new features is that they can provide you with the solution to the one...

Xamarin SDK for MobileFirst Foundation is 1 year old!

October 8th - the IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation (aka Worklight) Xamarin SDK turned 1! Agreed – this blog post is...

Running ibm-mobilefirst-starter container locally

Disclaimer: The solution discussed herein is from my own personal experience as a developer using the MobileFirst platform and do...

Using MFP Adapters as an endpoint for Analytics Alerts webhooks

Alerting in MFP Analytics now allows users to set alerts around their analytics data that will notify them when a...

JS errors in MFP Windows Universal apps when using AngularJS

Have you experienced the "add dynamic content Errors" in MFP Windows Universal apps?

MQA plays nicely with Cordova

My brother and I never got along when we were kids. I suppose that happens with most siblings. I would...

Best Practice - Capturing Client Logs and Analytics

Do you need to capture raw debug logs from devices in production from the field? Do you want to capture...

Enhance MobileFirst Cordova app using Visual Studio 2015

Exploring and Coding are part of every developer's life. While exploring you may come across many technologies, tools, libraries etc....

MobileFirst Analytics - Quick & Dirty Clusters

Since you've read the MobileFirst Analytics - Planning for Production blog post, you're ready to get some practice setting up...

CVE-2015-5204 HTTP header injection vulnerability in Apache Cordova Android File-Transfer Plugin

As of October 6, 2015, this blog post acknowledges that IBM is aware of the recent vulnerability in the Apache...

MobileFirst Services on Bluemix now support Android and Open Source SDKs

When IBM Bluemix started, the opportunity for mobile developers was an obvious one. It takes only a quick look at...

New lab series for MFP 7.1 has been released!

Greetings!We just published new hybrid hands-on lab series for MobileFirst Platform 7.1

Ready-to-go Bluemix Web App to speed up MobileFirst Platform Foundation deployment to IBM Bluemix Containers

Have you tried deploying the MobileFirst Platform to IBM Containers before? If yes, you would have used a bunch of...

MobileFirst Analytics - Planning for Production

MobileFirst Analytics – Pre-productionPart of the value of MobileFirst Platform (MFP) Foundation is the out-of-the-box, simple, integrated analytics reporting and...

Updated features and a new addition to Mobile Quality Assurance

As you may know, the IBM Mobile Quality Assurance (MQA) team recently released the latest MQA SDKs. If you have...

How to Customize Ionic Styles in MobileFirst Platform/Ionic Hybrid Application

Before getting started, I would like to give the credit to my teammate Jeff Tennenbaum, who figured out how to...

Connect your iOS 9 app to Bluemix today

Our mobile backend applications are compatible with iOS 9. We tested our samples after upgrading them to the iOS 9...

IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation is ready for iOS 9. Are you?

The recent announce of the much anticipated iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPad Pro as well as iOS 9.0...

Hybrid Mobile Development and MobileFirst 7.1 - Increasing the Awesome

Working with hybrid mobile apps and MobileFirst 7.0 was a bit complex as the process was somewhat removed from what...

Getting Started With IBM MobileFirst and Node.js APIs built with LoopBack

IBM recently announced the acquisition of StrongLoop, creators of the LoopBack enterprise Node.js framework and active contributors to the Node.js community.

Configure Push notifications proxy for MobileFirst Server

There are cases where security guidelines / restrictions in the datacenter mandate that servers inside the datacenter cannot open outbound...

IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation support for iOS 9

Note: Apps that are built with IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation v6.0 to v7.1 are supported on iOS 9 GM Seed...

ATS and Bitcode in iOS 9

Note: Starting IBM MobileFirst Foundation 8.0 Bitcode is now supported.

How to enable App Transport Security for iOS 9 in IBM MobileFirst Platform Server

App Transport Security is one of the new features enforced by Apple to improve secure communications between App and Web...

Integrating StrongLoop with MobileFirst Platform

OverviewMost mobile applications need to access data stored in the enterprise's back-end system of records and other back-end systems. The...

Integrating MQA into Xamarin.Android app

It all started when I received an email seeking help on using MQA or to be more precise integrating MQA into...

MobileFirst Platform support for Android Marshmallow

This blog post will be continuously updated with the latest updates from testing IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation with Android Marshmallow</p>...

Connecting Securely to On-Premise Backends from MobileFirst on IBM Bluemix containers

Note: This procedure is no longer applicable. Use the VPN service for MobileFirst Platform Foundation 7.1 on Containers. For instructions...

Filling in the blanks with 7.1 Analytics

Sometimes you may want to take your analytics data beyond the console.

First lab series for MFP 7.1 has been released

We just published first hands-on labs series based on MobileFirst Platform 7.1.

Integrating IBM MobileFirst on Bluemix Containers with Bluemix Services

IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation v7.1 is enabled to run on IBM Bluemix using the IBM Containers.

Importing Visual studio Cordova project with Ionic and AngularJS into MobileFirst Platform

Let me start this post with a disclaimer that "Don't panic by reading the post title". It might look bit...

Handling binary responses in native Android using Java adapters

This is a follow up to Handling binary responses in native iOS using Java adapters.

Try on Bluemix and migrate to on-prem MobileFirst Platform

Contributed By : Chethan Kumar SN (chethankumar.sn@in.ibm.com) and Vittal Pai (vittalpai@in.ibm.com)

Xamarin SDK for IBM MobileFirst 7.1 is live

Last week, we announced the general availability of IBM MobileFirst Platform v7.1. Today, we are announcing the availability of the...