Parse.com is shutting down – what next?
Facebook owner Parse.com announced last month that it’s shutting down, and a thousands of app developers were left wondering what to do next.
Parse is an example of an MBaaS or “Mobile Backend as a Service” which can be a cost-effective way to deliver backend for apps. Typically these solutions offer a free entry-level service, and can scale up as users demand it. This makes them perfect for startup app development.
Of course, “cloud” solutions come with their own risks — one being policy changes or, in this case, a complete shutdown announcement, both of which can leave you with a massive challenge.
Luckily, in this case, it’s not as bad as it first seemed.
Firstly, it’s going to be a year before Parse shuts down. That’s a whole year to plan what to do no next.
As I write this, developers are adding push support with many more features in development — and it’s only been a month since the announcement. With other MBaaS solutions to explore, and plenty of innovation from developers, things are still looking good for anyone using Parse, or looking to use an MBaaS solution for their app.
By Jason Kneen, Bouncing Fish
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