November 2017: MobileCaddy Updates for Your Salesforce Mobile Apps

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This November product update highlights some exciting new things our team has added to the MobileCaddy Application Delivery Framework in recent weeks. We’re constantly working hard to improve the experience of delivering Salesforce mobile apps for our clients and partners, and that means keeping the framework evolving and improving. As I do every month, I’ve sat down with Paul, our CTO, Todd, our Chief Mobile Technical Architect, and Frank, our Lead Product Engineer to surface the best bits from the past month. This update will walk you through all the latest aspects of our framework for you to check out.

 

So what’s new with MobileCaddy this month?

 

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Partitioned Versioning Enables Risk-free Production Upgrades to Salesforce Mobile Apps

Traditional deployments of updates to mobile applications are hard, and harder still in the enterprise world. Mass, uncontrolled updates to users are risky at best. Partitioned Versioning, with MobileCaddy, enables a low impact, highly iterative, approach to application update deployments which minimises the risks.

Mobile applications need to be updated for many reasons. It’s common for an initial release of a new app to contain bugs that weren’t caught in sandbox and developer environments, for example, or for a misunderstanding of workflow to pass through the UAT stage unnoticed.

Beyond this, once an app is live and mature, it will still need to evolve in line with many factors including (but not limited to): new business requirements, regulatory updates, alignment with new OS and hardware capabilities, and of course in our world modifications to support new Salesforce releases.

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October 2017: MobileCaddy Updates for Your Salesforce Mobile Apps

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Our readers have responded very positively to these monthly updates – this is our fourth now, for those who haven’t been following closely – on all the aspects of the MobileCaddy Application Delivery Framework (ADF) which are still being developed.

Over the past few weeks, our team has been hard at work adding even more new features to the ADF, further reducing the challenge of delivering Salesforce mobile apps for our clients and partners. It’s very encouraging to see the improvements and additions we make each month continue to prove useful, as we receive more requests and lots of great feedback.

So what’s new with MobileCaddy this month?

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How MobileCaddy Aids Bugless Salesforce Releases

We’re all aware of the thrice-yearly Salesforce releases, and how they’re unstoppable forces. We’re all also aware that bugs exist, and that any bug found post-launch is a lot more expensive than one found during testing. Here’s a quick story on one such bug, and how MobileCaddy helped to get it removed from the Winter ‘18 release.

Whenever Salesforce patches make their way into pre-release orgs our daily test runs kick off and identify the change. These tests run on 15+ org setups and report back any issues that might have been observed. One such observation was reported back during the early days of Summer ‘17 patch rollouts into pre-release. The issue manifested itself initially as the inability to complete the authentication flow on iOS devices built with Salesforce Mobile SDK v4.0.2 and lower.

During the investigations into the issue, we raised a notification on our trust site to keep our partners and customers aware of the risk of the behaviour. We also developed some internal work-arounds. If the issue wasn’t fixed prior to Summer ‘17 making it’s way into our partners’ sandboxes, these would let us unblock them from their development and testing processes.

We also discovered that the bug broke the vanilla experience of browsing standard Visualforce pages on iOS Safari; this could be bad if it got through into production.

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September 2017: MobileCaddy Updates for Your Salesforce Mobile Apps

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In our latest monthly product update for customers and partners, we’ve concentrated on some of the ways in which the MobileCaddy Application Delivery Framework has improved to enhance the experience of building, operating, and supporting mobile apps on the Salesforce platform.

Once again, this discussion includes Paul, our CTO, Todd, our Chief Mobile Technical Architect, and Frank, our Lead Product Engineer. As always we cover the most exciting new additions to the MobileCaddy framework in the past few weeks

So what’s new with MobileCaddy this month?

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How to Master Salesforce Mobile App Distribution with Containerisation Services

As the demand for custom mobile apps continues to skyrocket, it’s becoming easier to meet business requirements by using hybrid apps built with standard web technologies, and using container apps to overcome the challenge of distribution. This article provides an overview of how to easily distribute Salesforce mobile apps across iOS, Android, and Windows 10.

Hybrid Apps Open the Door for Containerisation

There are essentially two different approaches to building mobile apps: native and hybrid. It is important to understand the high-level differences to put this article in context to then see how we can leverage Container Apps to de-skill, de-risk and accelerate our time to market.

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