Connecting to the MobileFirst Server

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Overview

To provide the best initial experience, a MobileFirst hybrid application starts without connecting to the MobileFirst Server. It is up to the developer to decide when the application should connect to the MobileFirst Server.
As an application developer, you are responsible for maintaining the offline or online state within the application, and ensure that the application can recover from failed attempts to connect to the MobileFirst Server. This requirement also applies to native applications that use the MobileFirst SDK for connecting to the MobileFirst Server.

Connecting to the MobileFirst Server ensures that a single HTTP session between client and server communications, and thus minimizes the risk of a request race condition where a session does not exist yet and several requests are sent simultaneously from the client to the server. Hence it is recommended to establish a connection with the MobileFirst Server before any other interaction.

Connecting to the MobileFirst Server ensures that APIs that return authentication-related data such as getUserName() or isAuthenticated() retrieve the necessary information from the server.

API signatures

JavaScript

WL.Client.connect({
    onSuccess: successCallback,
    onFailure: failureCallback}
);

Objective-C

[[WLClient sharedInstance] wlConnectWithDelegate:myConnectListener];

The myConnectListener argument is an instance of a class that conforms to the WLDelegate protocol, with onSuccess and onFailure methods.

Swift

WLClient.sharedInstance().wlConnectWithDelegate(myConnectListener)

The myConnectListener argument is an instance of a class that conforms to the WLDelegate protocol, with onSuccess and onFailure methods.

Java

WLClient.createInstance(this).connect(myConnectListener);

The myConnectListener argument is an instance of a class that implements WLResponseListener, with onSuccess and onFailure methods.

C#

WLClient.getInstance().connect(myConnectListener);

The myConnectListener argument is an instance of a class that implements WLResponseListener, with onSuccess and onFailure methods.

For detailed examples of connecting to the MobileFirst Server, see the Invoking adapter procedures tutorials.

When to use the WL.Client.connect API

It is recommended to use the WL.Client.connect API in the following cases:

  • A connection must always be initiated before the first request of any type to the MobileFirst Server. Subsequent requests must be made only after the onSuccess is invoked.
  • A new connection request is initiated after long periods of inactivity where session timeout might have occurred, such as application returning from background. Subsequent requests must be made only after the onSuccess is invoked.
Last modified on November 09, 2016