|Facebook Shuts Parse Mobile App Platform|
|Written by Lucy Black|
|Friday, 29 January 2016|
Parse, the cloud storage and support service for mobile developers, owned by Facebook since 2013, is shutting down. Current users have twelve months in which to migrate.
From Facebook's point of view, however, the fact that it was up against strong competition from Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud meant that Parse was too expensive a service to continue to provide, as indicated in the company's statement on Janaury 28 about the impending closure:
“Starting today, we’re winding down support for Parse. We’re always evaluating how we can best serve our developer community, and moving forward we want to dedicate more resources to high-impact products and services in areas like analytics, monetization, discovery, and authentication.”
Writing on the Parse blog, Kevin Lacker, co-founder of Parse and now its CTO at Facebook, also expressed the idea that Facebook needs to focus its resources elsewhere. He did, however, express sympathy for the way the developer community that will be affected:
We understand that this won’t be an easy transition, and we’re working hard to make this process as easy as possible. We are committed to maintaining the backend service during the sunset period, and are providing several tools to help migrate applications to other services.
The tools in question are a database migration tool, to take data from a Parse app to any MongoDB database; and Parse server, an open source API Server which will let developers run most of the Parse API from their own Node.js servers or on Heroku or any MongoDB-powered server.
There is already a migration guide which admits:
For most apps, the migration process is non-trivial, and will require dedicated development time. We recommend the following schedule:
Following this schedule will give you time to develop your own Parse Server, as well as train your development team to maintain and scale the service.
Given the way in which Parse had been promoted at Facebook's F8 developer conference over the past two years news of its closure was unexpected an came as a very unwelcome surprise with developers said to be "up in arms" about the decision.
This isn't the first time that Facebook has provoked anger and disappointment among its developers. We'll have to wait and see how it copes with this crisis.
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|Last Updated ( Friday, 29 January 2016 )|