Top 10 new features in IBM Worklight Platform
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A few days ago IBM released the new IBM Worklight version 6.2. This is a major update with many new features and a product rename. The new IBM Worklight Platform now includes three independent components that are sold separately:
You can download and try this latest version of Worklight Foundation at no charge. There is also extensive documentation about the Worklight platform:
Here are my top ten new features in IBM Worklight Platform:
1. IBM Worklight Quality Assurance (sold separately)
Mobile Quality Assurance lets you discover and set up mobile quality services for your apps. You can view high-level quality metrics for your mobile apps to get a quick understanding of the issues for apps that you are working on. These metrics include information for crashes, bugs, user feedback and user sentiment. By viewing this information for your apps, you can determine whether to investigate specific issues further.
2. IBM Worklight Application Scanning (sold separately)
3. Command-line interface
The command-line interface (CLI) feature provides basic scaffolding, as well as project and app support for native and hybrid development environments. This provision enables developers to use their preferred text editors to create mobile applications outside of the traditional Worklight Studio environment. When your apps are developed, the CLI provides the commands necessary to build and deploy them to a local development Worklight Server. Adapter creation, deployment and local testing can be performed with the CLI.
4. Improved operational analytics
The operational analytics feature enables searching across apps, services, devices and other sources to collect data about usage or detect problems. All this information is accessible from the Worklight Console. The analytics feature enables enterprises to search across logs and events that are collected from devices, apps and servers for patterns, problems and platform usage statistics. The data for operational analytics includes the following sources: interactions of any app-to-server activity, client-side logs and crashes and server-side logs that are captured in traditional Worklight log files.
5. Ability to mix web and native components across your application
6. Native development enhancements
In addition to developing hybrid Windows Phone 8 applications, you can now use the new Worklight C# client-side API for Windows Phone 8 native applications to access Worklight services. The API exposes two main capabilities: calling enterprise services to retrieve data and perform enterprise transactions and writing custom log lines for reporting and auditing purposes. Also, there is now support in native applications for the no-SQL JSON store. (For more, check out David Pearson's post “Native developers, welcome to IBM Worklight!”)
7. USSD support
Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) is a communication technology that is used by GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) cellular telephones to send text messages between a mobile phone and an application program in the network. USSD support is now available in IBM Worklight Foundation V6.2. It works on both smartphones and feature phones. USSD provides near-real-time interactive messaging and is particularly useful for building interactive menu-driven applications. It provides a cost-effective alternative to mobile applications in emerging markets where feature phones are widely used.
8. Client-side log capture
Applications in the field occasionally experience problems that require a developer's attention to fix. It is usually difficult to reproduce problems in the field because developers often do not have the environment or exact device where the problem was found. In these situations, it is helpful to be able to retrieve debug logs from the client devices as the problems occur in the environment in which they happen. Starting in Worklight Foundation V6.2, developers that use Worklight client-side APIs who want to capture both platform (IBM Worklight Foundation) and application (your code) logs for debug and problem determination can instrument the application to make debug log data available for capture and submission to the server.
9. New architecture of the Worklight Server components
Starting with Worklight Foundation version 6.2, there is a new architecture for Worklight Server, which is now composed by the following components:
10. Zero-downtime fix pack upgrade on the server
With IBM Worklight 6.2, you can perform a rolling upgrade to apply a fix pack or an interim fix to an installation of Worklight Server V6.2.0 without downtime of the Worklight runtime environment. Performing this rolling upgrade ensures that there is no interruption of service for the mobile applications that connect to the Worklight Server. This procedure applies to a Worklight Server installation, including the Administration Services, the Worklight Console and the Worklight runtime environment.
These are only ten of the many new features available in the Worklight platform. Which new features do you find useful? You can share your thoughts by leaving a comment below or connect with me on Twitter @jorgego11.