Announcing support for Arbitrary Parameters and Service Instance Tags


Dieu Cao <dcao@...>
 

On behalf of the CAPI team I'm pleased to announce support for Arbitrary
Parameters and Service Instance Tags, two features which extend the
possibilities for Cloud Foundry Marketplace service offerings, and provide
developers with increased flexibility in how services are consumed by
applications.

Support for Arbitrary Parameters is introduced with cf-release v209 and CLI
v6.12.1. This features enables service providers to support user-provided
configuration options with the create, update, and bind service instance
operations, and the create service key operation (stay tuned for a
forthcoming announcement of support for Service Keys). Previously, this
could only be achieved by providing many plans to cover various
combinations of configuration options, or to provide a service instance
dashboard that users can SSO into and adjust configuration options after
creation. Although the platform and CLI now support the feature, service
broker authors must implement support for the feature as described in
the Service
Broker API v2.5 specification
<http://docs.cloudfoundry.org/services/api.html>.

Support for Instance Tags is introduced with cf-release v211 and CLI
v6.12.1. Since v2.0 of the Service Broker API, broker authors have be able
to provide tags for a service offering in the /v2/catalog endpoint that
Cloud Foundry delivers to applications in the VCAP_SERVICES Environment
Variable
<http://docs.cloudfoundry.org/devguide/deploy-apps/environment-variable.html#VCAP-SERVICES>.
These tags provide developers with a more generic way for applications to
parse VCAP_SERVICES for credentials. Developers may now provide their own
tags when creating or updating a service instance by including a
comma-separated list of tags with the -t flag.

Documentation:

- http://docs.cloudfoundry.org/services/api.html

- http://docs.cloudfoundry.org/devguide/services/managing-services.html

Special thanks to the former CF Services API team and Shannon for their
hard work on these features.

-Dieu
CF CAPI PM

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