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Facebook Is Shuttering the Parse Developer Platform ( 48

itwbennett writes: In a blog post yesterday, Facebook announced it is shutting down the Parse developer platform as of Jan. 28, 2017, giving developers a year to move off its hosted services. This comes as a bit of a surprise, considering that just last month, Parse launched a set of new tools to help developers work with Apple's watchOS and tvOS last, and at the time, Parse Product Manager Supratik Lahiri promised more updates in the future. Developers who don't want to rewrite their applications to work with a new back-end service provider can follow a migration guide from Parse to make their applications work with an independent MongoDB instance and a new open-source Parse Server that's running on Salesforce-owned developer platform provider Heroku.
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Facebook Is Shuttering the Parse Developer Platform

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  • Another day... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Viol8 ( 599362 ) on Friday January 29, 2016 @10:45AM (#51395859) Homepage

    ... another web API bites the bullet and all the kids will have to go learn yet another flash in the pan interface to connect to some moronic social site to scrape bullshit data to pass to an app they can sell to idiots.

    • by Hylandr ( 813770 )

      Posts like this prove the need exists for a score higher than 10.

      Best summary ever.

  • This is why (Score:2, Insightful)

    This is why you should avoid corporate controlled APIs and languages. Things like Rust, etc can just get pulled away at the last moment, leaving you without any future path and support. Lesson learned.
    • Re:This is why (Score:5, Informative)

      by verbatim ( 18390 ) on Friday January 29, 2016 @11:15AM (#51396021) Homepage

      over-reaction. They're giving a migration path that basically lets you run it self-hosted.

  • Kardashions (Score:4, Funny)

    by sycodon ( 149926 ) on Friday January 29, 2016 @10:59AM (#51395917)

    This is the technological equivalent of obsessing over some Kardashion boob job.

  • I was forced (by a "hip" development director) to try and implement a simple small web application using Facebook's "React" javascript library, and after toiling for three days with it I decided that the only thing you can easily implement with React is something that looks and acts just like Facebook, not surprisingly. I abandoned it and created the site framework-less in four hours. I have no idea what "Parse" is, but I am very wary of these corporate frameworks/APIs/languages since that experience.

    • Re: React (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 29, 2016 @12:05PM (#51396299)

      It ends when the hipsters are kicked out of the industry. They've ruined everything they've touched. They ruin UIs that were good. They create awful frameworks. They prefer to use the absolute worst programming languages, like JavaScript, for everything. They took git and centralized it on GitHub. They're too lazy and/or dumb to learn SQL, so they use persistent hashtables for storing data, and query it using imperative JavaScript code. It's nothing but idiocy and disaster when it comes to these people. It doesn't matter if it's an 18 year old hipster or a 30 year old hipster or a 55 year old hipster. They all need to find a different occupation.

    • Parse is/was a service that allowed people who knew next to nothing about server programming to cobble together a backend for a mobile app (or other app that can make http requests).

      So in other words it was a tremendously useful or harmful service depending on your level of cynicism. It is of course hard to monetise a solution like this, since any app that becomes highly profitable will attract developers that know how to build a proper backend and then that app will migrate away and stop paying monthly fee

  • Person: Who are you sir?
    Shutterer: I am the shutterer
    Person: What do you do?
    Shutterer: I shutter
  • Parse is hugely useful as a way to "assume" a back end. Any good NoSQL database does most of the association work during the write task; in this case on mobile client. With a few housekeeping tasks running on the parse server you can actually make a clean, fast, scalable service but obviously it's also great for prototyping. I think Facebook dropped Parse because they are not one of the big four making $$ in the cloud and Parse is a SaaS; it runs great on Google cloud.

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