Salesforce.com Mobile SDK for iOS
You have arrived at the source repository for the Salesforce Mobile SDK for iOS. Welcome! Starting with our 2.0 release, there are now three ways you can choose to work with the Mobile SDK:
- If you'd like to work with the source code of the SDK itself, you've come to the right place! You can browse sample app source code and debug down through the layers to get a feel for how everything works under the covers. Read on for instructions on how to get started with the SDK in your development environment.
- If you're just eager to start developing your own new application, the quickest way is to use our npm binary distribution package, called forceios, which is hosted on npmjs.org. Getting started is as simple as installing the npm package and launching your template app. You'll find more details on the forceios package page.
- If you would like to add the Mobile SDK components to your existing native application, check out the SalesforceMobileSDK-iOS-Distribution repository, which contains our binary distributions as well as information on how to add them to your native app.
Installation (do this first - really)
Working with this repository requires working with git. Any workflow that leaves you with a functioning git clone of this repository should set you up for success. Downloading the ZIP file from GitHub, on the other hand, is likely to put you at a dead end.
Setting up the repo
First, clone the repo:
- Open the Terminal App
cdto the parent directory where the repo directory will live
git clone https://github.com/forcedotcom/SalesforceMobileSDK-iOS.git
After cloning the repo:
This script pulls the submodule dependencies from GitHub, to finalize setup of the workspace. You can then work with the Mobile SDK by opening
SalesforceMobileSDK.xcworkspace from Xcode.
See build.md for information on generating binary distributions and app templates.
The Salesforce Mobile SDK for iOS requires iOS 6.0 or greater. The install.sh script checks for this, and aborts if the configured SDK version is incorrect. Building from the command line has been tested using ant 1.8. Older versions might work, but we recommend using the latest version of ant.
If you have problems building any of the projects, take a look at the online FAQ for troubleshooting tips.
What's New in 3.2
SmartSync Library Enhancements
- SmartSync now supports incremental sync, which allows the developer to download only data that has been updated on the server, rather than the entire data set.
- The sync up operation now offers merge modes that let the developer decide whether to overwrite data that has been modified on the server or discard local changes.
- SmartSync now supports custom targets, which can manage the data interchange in sync operations. Custom targets let you tailor network interactions to the specific demands of the sync operation.
SmartStore Library Enhancements
- SmartStore now provides the ability to obtain a global (app-level) SmartStore instance. A global SmartStore instance can be populated with user-agnostic data that will not be deleted when users log out.
Network Library Enhancements
- The underlying network library used by the Mobile SDK is now SalesforceNetwork, which replaces SalesforceNetworkSDK and MKNetworkKit.
Sample App Updates
- A new sample app,
NoteSync, has been added to demonstrate the syncing of content notes using custom targets.
Other Technical Improvements
- It is now possible to obtain an unauthenticated RestClient instance for use with APIs that do not require authentication.
- Various bug fixes.
Check http://developer.force.com/mobilesdk for additional articles and tutorials
The Salesforce Mobile SDK provides the essential libraries for quickly building native mobile apps that interact with the Salesforce cloud platform. The OAuth2 library abstracts away the complexity of securely storing the refresh token or fetching a new session ID when it expires. The SDK also provides Objective-C wrappers for the Salesforce REST API, making it easy to retrieve and manipulate data.
The Mobile SDK provides the means to generate your new app from a template, to quickly construct the foundation of native and hybrid applications. These apps come with a fully functioning demo app, as well as configurable Settings bundles that allow the user to log out of the app or switch between Production and Sandbox orgs. See build.md for more information on how to generate and use the templates.
Native App Template For native apps that need to access the Salesforce REST API, create your app using the native template. The template includes a default AppDelegate implementation that you can customize to perform any app-specific interaction.
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