Facebook Shuts Down Parse Developer Platform in Surprise Move

Social media giant Facebook shocked the developer world today with news that it would be shutting down its Parse development platform less than three years after it acquired the business for a reported $85 million. The social networking giant will continue to support the platform until January 28, 2017, at which point it will be fully retired.

The backend-as-a-service provider offered mobile app developers backend tools to help them develop apps, manage services, and store data in the cloud. When Parse was first acquired, it was reported to be running more than 100,000 apps, including some for major organizations like The Food Network and Ferrari.

An Unexpected Development

Those clients will now have to migrate their apps to different platforms. The company said it would be releasing a database migration tool to allow clients to migrate data from their Parse apps to any MongoDB database, a process the company said can be done without any downtime on the part of the app. Facebook also said it would be releasing the open source Parse Server, which allows clients to run most of the Parse API from their own Node.js servers.

Nevertheless, the move is likely to cause discomfit for at least a few of the thousands of mobile app developers who have come to rely on the platform. particularly given the unexpected nature of the decision.

Facebook seemed to have big plans for the cloud-based platform when it acquired the business in 2013. At the time, the deal was seen as part of the social network?EU?s move to bulk up its mobile app business. That same year, Facebook also hosted its first mobile developer conference and launched several new products to help mobile designers, such as Open Graph, integrate into the social network.

?EU?We don?EU?t intend to change this,?EU? said Douglas Purdy,...

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Facebook Shuts Down Parse Developer Platform in Surprise Move

Social media giant Facebook shocked the developer world today with news that it would be shutting down its Parse development platform less than three years after it acquired the business for a reported $85 million. The social networking giant will continue to support the platform until January 28, 2017, at which point it will be fully retired.

The backend-as-a-service provider offered mobile app developers backend tools to help them develop apps, manage services, and store data in the cloud. When Parse was first acquired, it was reported to be running more than 100,000 apps, including some for major organizations like The Food Network and Ferrari.

An Unexpected Development

Those clients will now have to migrate their apps to different platforms. The company said it would be releasing a database migration tool to allow clients to migrate data from their Parse apps to any MongoDB database, a process the company said can be done without any downtime on the part of the app. Facebook also said it would be releasing the open source Parse Server, which allows clients to run most of the Parse API from their own Node.js servers.

Nevertheless, the move is likely to cause discomfit for at least a few of the thousands of mobile app developers who have come to rely on the platform. particularly given the unexpected nature of the decision.

Facebook seemed to have big plans for the cloud-based platform when it acquired the business in 2013. At the time, the deal was seen as part of the social network?EU?s move to bulk up its mobile app business. That same year, Facebook also hosted its first mobile developer conference and launched several new products to help mobile designers, such as Open Graph, integrate into the social network.

?EU?We don?EU?t intend to change this,?EU? said Douglas Purdy,...

Comments are closed.