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Posts: 3
Registered: ‎01-23-2009
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HttpConnection gets redirected in the simulator but not on the device

When trying to debug a problem that was occurring only on my device but not in the simulator I discovered that the simulator or the MDS virtualization layer automatically handles HTTP redirects (the server status is 300 : HTTP_MOVED_TEMP or 301 : HTTP_MOVED_PERM).

In the simulator my HttpConnection object would always get a status of 200 HTTP_OK for URI's that had really been moved elsewhere.

On the device, however, it would get redirect status that my implementation was not set up to handle.

I thought I would post this in case anyone else encounters the same problem.

BlackBerry Development Advisor
Posts: 15,784
Registered: ‎07-09-2008
My Device: BlackBerry PRIV
My Carrier: Bell

Re: HttpConnection gets redirected in the simulator but not on the device

Is your connection on the real BlackBerry handheld also going through the MDS Connection Service of a BlackBerry Enterprise Server?  If not, it would be up to your application to handle the redirection.  The link below lists the connection routes available on a BlackBerry handheld.


What Is - Different ways to make an HTTP or socket connection
Article Number: DB-00396


Mark Sohm
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Posts: 1,415
Registered: ‎07-30-2008
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Re: HttpConnection gets redirected in the simulator but not on the device

Does this happen with BIS? What if we make a request and the server returns a 302 and cookies and

other things in the headers? Are these absorbed by RIM servers?


Posts: 62
Registered: ‎05-29-2009
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BIS-B handles redirects?

As asked above, does BIS-B behave like MDS with respect to redirects, authentication, session cookies, maximum request size?  I'm hoping to use BIS-B for my application (still working on ISV membership) to avoid the complication of APNs, but I need a transparent HTTP session.  At the moment during development I'm using direct TCP in the simulator.  It would be good to know now whether BIS-B will have the same issues as the MDS simulator