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Facebook Downs The Shutter On Its Parse Cloud App Development Platform

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Facebook is winding down its Parse app development platform. The company recently made an announcement to that effect in which it talked about the impending closure and the transition period that will follow.

Parse is an app development and support platform that was acquired by Facebook in 2013 for a sum of $85 million. Since then, the social networking giant has put in quite a lot of work into the platform and Parse has seen the development of over 600,000 apps.

However, the platform will soon be closed. As per an official blog post,

We have a difficult announcement to make. Beginning today we’re winding down the Parse service, and Parse will be fully retired after a year-long period ending on January 28, 2017. We’re proud that we’ve been able to help so many of you build great mobile apps, but we need to focus our resources elsewhere.

The decision is certainly surprising. Parse was doing quite well after all and had become a favorite with developers. The decision to down the shutters then perhaps, may have been prompted by the increasing competition from Amazon, Microsoft and other heavyweights — as they continue to introduce similar platforms. Facebook meanwhile has put down its decision to the need to focus resources on other platforms.

Understanding the hassle developers will have to go through, the company is taking steps to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible. Firstly, the company is releasing database migration tool that will let developers migrate data from their Parse app to any other MongoDB database.

More importantly, the company is also open sourcing the Parse server.

Second, we’re releasing the open source Parse Server, which lets you run most of the Parse API from your own Node.js server. Once you have your data in your own database, Parse Server lets you keep your application running without major changes.

Notwithstanding, the move will be a hard blow to developers who had come to rely upon the cloud app platform for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iOS, Android, JavaScript, and OS X and the platform, which abounded in a rich variety of features including push notifications, social integration, data storage, and the ability to add rich custom logic using Cloud code, will be missed by many.


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