What's New

What's New

Return to this article to learn about the latest updates to the Backend Services documentation. In the list below, the most recent entries are at the top.

Apr 04, 2017

Feb 24, 2017

Feb 17, 2017

  • New Administration API articles about reading source fields from databases connected through Data Connectors.

Feb 7, 2017

  • The new article Pre-Release Checklist provides advice and reminders about what to check to strengthen the security and performance of your app before releasing it.
  • Numerous other improvements.

Dec 19, 2016

Nov 29, 2016

Oct 20, 2016

  • Changes relating to the support for Android push notifications through Firebase Cloud Massaging.
  • New article detailing how to view Data Link Server logs.

Aug 18, 2016

Aug 8, 2016

Mar 22, 2016

  • User Management > AD FS Login has been completely rewritten. The new articles strive to provide more to-the-point procedural information about implementing active and passive federation in your app.

Mar 1, 2016

  • Email templates now support comparison with arbitrary values through the #if clause.

Feb 19, 2016

Dec 18, 2015

Nov 20, 2015

Nov 13, 2015

The articles for setting up the Data Link Server on Linux and Windows have been updated with information about using the application.properties file for configuration.

Oct 30, 2015

  • The Security of Push Notifications article has been updated to cover the new push notifications option that allows you to manage who can send push notifications.
  • New article about trying out the Data Connectors feature using a Demo Data Connector.

Oct 19, 2015

New articles documenting how to schedule your business logic for later or periodic execution: Business Logic > Scheduled Jobs

Oct 7, 2015

Sep 8, 2015

Sep 2, 2015

  • The JavaScript SDK articles on Uploading Files and Downloading Files have been updated to cover the new files.upload and files.download JavaScript SDK methods that wrap the homonymous Apache Cordova File Transfer plugin API functions
  • Cache-related methods and options have been added to the API Reference

Aug 13, 2015

  • The documentation has been completely reorganized. Changes include:
    • New, topic-based structure
    • Ability to select the Language or Platform that you want to read about
    • When a language or platform is selected you only see the appropriate information for it
  • The Power Fields articles have been removed as a consequence of deprecating the feature. Use Data Relations instead.

Older than Aug 13, 2015

  • The article Duplicating a Project has been moved to the General section of the Platform documentation
  • New article on Using External Libraries in Cloud Code
  • New article Troubleshooting > Push Notifications > All Platforms: Common Reasons for Failing Push Notifications that features troubleshooting topics common to all platforms
  • New troubleshooting information in Troubleshooting > Push Notifications > Android: Common Reasons for Failing Push Notifications
  • Best Practices has been added to Development > JavaScript SDK > HTML Helpers > Processing HTML Helpers Elements
  • Documentation for the new ability to recover a user password using the JavaScript SDK:
    • Development > JavaScript SDK > Recover a User Account
    • API Reference > JavaScript SDK > users.resetPassword
  • New articles documenting the support for files in Offline Mode: Development > JavaScript SDK > Offline Mode > Files in Offline Mode
  • New articles documenting the new HTML Helpers JavaScript SDK component that makes using files in Offline Mode easier: Development > JavaScript SDK > HTML Helpers
  • The Development > Cloud Code section has been renamed to Business Logic
  • The Stored Procedures support has been documented in these new sections:
    • Development > Business Logic > Stored Procedures
    • Development > RESTful API > Data Connectors > Stored Procedures from Data Connectors
  • The article Development > Business Logic > Cloud Functions > Security in Cloud Functions has been updated to reflect the latest changes in permissions
  • The list of dependencies for the JavaScript SDK has been updated: Introduction to the JavaScript SDK
  • The list of dependencies for the JavaScript SDK has been updated: Introduction to the JavaScript SDK
  • The new Offline Mode method getItemsForSync() has been documented in:
    • Development > JavaScript SDK > Offline Mode > Managing Offline Storage
    • API Reference > JavaScript SDK > OfflineModule > offlineModule.getItemsForSync
  • New articles explaining what is Master Key authentication and how to use it have been added to these SDKs:
    • Development > RESTful API > Security > Master Key Authentication
    • Development > JavaScript SDK > Security > Master Key Authentication
    • Development > .NET SDK > Security > Master Key Authentication
    • Development > Android SDK > Security > Master Key Authentication
  • New Articles on Verifying a User Account and Recovering a User Account have been added to these SDKs:
    • Development > .NET SDK > Users > Account Verification
    • Development > .NET SDK > Users > Recover a User Account
    • Development > Android SDK > Users > Account Verification
    • Development > Android SDK > Users > Recover a User Account
  • Information on changing a user password using Master Key authentication has been added to the following articles:
    • Development > RESTful API > Users > Change User Password
    • Development > JavaScript SDK > Users > Change User Password
  • The Email Notifications articles have been reorganized:
    • All articles have been updated for easier access to the information. These include:
      • All articles in Features > Email Notifications
      • All articles in Development > RESTful API > Email Templates
    • A section Creating Separate HTML Tags for Array Items has been added to Using Placeholders
  • A number of small improvements and corrections in API Reference > JavaScript SDK
  • A new section Using a Secret Question and Answer Pair has been added to Development > RESTful API > Users > Recover a User Account.
  • The authentication token persisting example in Integrating User Management into a Hybrid or Web App has been updated to use the new persist and onAuthenticationRequired Everlive constructor parameters.
  • A new section Setting the Large Notification Icon Background Color has been added to Development > RESTful API > Push Notifications > Sending and Targeting Push Notifications, Development > JavaScript SDK > Push Notifications > Sending and Targeting Push Notifications, and Development > .NET SDK > Push Notifications > Sending and Targeting Push Notifications.
  • Deleting multiple roles information has been added to Development > .NET SDK > Metadata > Roles > Delete Roles.
  • Added an example of dynamically including HTML in email templates. See RESTful API > Send Email.
  • Setting Up Data Link Server on Windows and Setting Up Data Link Server on Linux have been updated:
    • Added instructions for updating the Data Link Server on Windows and Linux
    • Added instructions for SSL-enabling the Data Link Server on Windows and Linux
  • The relation expansion coverage has been rewritten, bringing these improvements:
    • The articles introduces the TargetTypeName expand expression option. Using this option instead of creating fields of type Relation in your content types ensures that your application is compatible with Offline Mode should you decide to enable it.
    • Better presentation and simplified approach. Changed sections include:
      • Features > Cloud Data > Relations
      • Development > RESTful API > Relations
      • Development > Java Script API > Relations
      • Development > .NET SDK > Relations
      • Development > Android SDK > Relations
  • The registration options table in API Reference > JavaScript SDK > Push > push.register has been updated to include all supported options
  • The code snippets in Development > JavaScript SDK > Kendo UI have been updated to reflect the latest Offline Mode-related changes to the Backend Services JavaScript SDK.
  • New article Development > JavaScript SDK > Kendo UI > Kendo UI and JavaScript SDK Offline Modes: Differences that highlights the differences between the JavaScript SDK offline mode and the Kendo UI offline mode.
  • New article Samples > Friends > NativeScript that provides information about the new NativeScript-based version of the Friends app.
  • New section Development > JavaScript SDK > Authentication that covers authentication-related methods previously part of the Users class (now deprecated). Also see JavaScript SDK API Reference: Authentication class and JavaScript SDK API Reference: Users class.
  • All code snippets that previously used Users.<authentication_method> are now updated to use Authentication.<authentication_method>.
  • The Data Connectors feature's documentation has been updated to cover the installation of the new Java-based Data Link Server on Microsoft Windows and Linux. Read more in:
    • Setting Up Data Link Server on Windows
    • Setting Up Data Link Server on Linux
  • New section Offline Mode that covers the new offline operation support in the JavaScript SDK.
  • API Reference > JavaScript SDK has been updated with regards to Offline Mode.
  • New article Samples > Deliveries that covers the Offline Mode-demonstrating sample app Deliveries.
  • Information on how to set a custom icon for push notifications on Android has been added to the Sending Push Notifications articles in RESTful API, JavaScript SDK, and .NET SDK.
  • New Getting Started articles:
    • Integrating User Management into a Native iOS App
    • Integrating User Management into a Native Android App
    • Integrating User Management into a Native Windows Phone App
  • New article Development > JavaScript SDK > Handling Push Notifications in a Hybrid App that explains the specifics of handling pending OS events for received push notifications in a hybrid app.
  • New section Troubleshooting that lists common stumbling-blocks and known issues. Currently it contains the following articles:
    • iOS: Common Reasons for Failing Push Notifications
    • Android: Common Reasons for Failing Push Notifications
  • Information on how to set a custom sound for push notifications on iOS and Android has been added to the Sending Push Notifications articles in RESTful API, JavaScript SDK, and .NET SDK.
  • New Getting Started articles:
    • Integrating Responsive Images into a Native Windows Phone App
    • Integrating Responsive Images into a Native iOS App
    • Integrating Responsive Images into a Native Android App
    • Working with Files in a Native Windows Phone App
    • Working with Files in a Native iOS App
    • Working with Files in a Native Android App
  • An introductory article has been added to each Getting Started folder
  • A number of smaller improvements and corrections in Implementing Cloud Functions, Sending Email Notifications, Working with Files in a Hybrid App, and Managing Cloud Files in the Portal
  • API Reference > JavaScript SDK has a new JavaScript SDK Overview page that lists all classes and their members in one place
  • New article Features > User Management > Social Authentication that:
    • Provides conceptual information about integrating social login in your app
    • Combines information that was previously located in each API/SDK Development section, which lets these sections focus exclusively on implementation details
  • New article Features > User Management > Usernames and Passwords that highlights important aspects of working with usernames and passwords in User Management
  • Development > .NET SDK > Content > Date and Time Handling has been updated to clarify how date and time values are stored on the server and how to use the behavior-changing properties
  • New Getting Started articles:
    • Enabling Responsive Images in Backend Services
    • Integrating Responsive Images Into an Existing Website or Hybrid App
    • Managing Cloud Files in the Portal
    • Working with Files in a Hybrid App
  • Features > Users The article, which is now titled User Management, has been completely reworked to feature more information and links to related topics.
  • Development > JavaScript SDK > Push Notifications > Registering a Device for Push Notifications The Default Value information has been removed from the table in Registration Settings because Backend Services does not actually have default values for these settings.
  • Development > Cloud Code > Cloud Functions > Defining Cloud Functions An example has been added to help understand how to return a custom response type in Cloud Functions.
  • A note has been included in several articles to the effect that the user role cannot be changed on user registration unless Master Key authentication is used.
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