Alysson Melo

It’s time for a new look for back4app. Modern, professional, and more connected to you.

It’s time for a new look for back4app. Modern, professional, and more connected to you.

Since 2015, our mission at back4app has been to make it easier for web and mobile app developers to succeed. From startups to enterprises, we have worked closely with each of our customers, gaining a deep understanding of their challenges and providing unique expert solutions to help them reach their goals.

The company evolved a lot. We’ve helped more than a thousand companies and more than 190,000 developers become more productive and quickly deliver apps. 

Like the company, we decided that the brand should also evolve to reflect the maturity and professionalism achieved, to be at the top of our game today and for what’s still to come.

Today we’re incredibly excited to reveal back4app’s new visual identity! 


Product Update: App Status

Product Update: App Status

Over the past few months, we’ve been working on giving you more information about your app on back4app. We’re pleased to announce a new feature that will increase app monitoring and observability: the App Status.


This new feature is available to each of your apps on back4app giving you information about your app health/performance, security, and general app logs.
How to access it? Go to the back4app main dashboard and click on the App Status button.

App Status button

Slack Clone using ReactJS and Back4App – NoCode

Slack Clone using ReactJS and Back4App – NoCode

In this article, you will learn how to deploy a Slack Clone App on Vercel using Back4App as a backend.

The Slack Clone app is built with React (frontend) and Back4App (backend) using some key Parse features like Auth, real-time and relational queries. The application can be easily deployed on Vercel with no code using the steps below.

At any time you can deploy your Slack Clone on Vercel using this button:

Deploy with Vercel

Announcing Parse Server 4.4

Announcing Parse Server 4.4

Parse Platform nurtures a vibrant open source community reaching +33K stars on Github’s official repo. According to npm, the number of Parse Server installations grew up over 50% in the last 12 months and reached over 30K per week. Parse Javascript SDK installations are already +100K per week, growing up over 50% in the previous 12 months.

Today we are pleased to announce that the most recent Parse Server version, the 4.4, is available on Back4App (How to upgrade Parse Server). This is a big release with a new cloud code validation feature, a new afterLiveQueryEvent trigger, and fixes/improvements on GraphQL API, security, auth, and more. For a detailed change list, please visit the repo release page

On the next topics, I’m going to deep dive into some of those changes showing practical examples.


Apple token-based Push Notifications available on Back4App

Apple token-based Push Notifications available on Back4App

We are pleased to announce that the Back4App Push Notification service for Apple devices now supports the HTTP/2 protocol and the token-based authentication mechanism. The benefits of using the new connection mechanism are:

  • It is faster than the previous legacy binary protocol;
  • You can use the same Key for all your Apple platforms(macOS, iOS, Apple Watch);
  • You can use the same Key to send Push Notifications from multiple Apps;
  • The key doesn’t expire so it’s not necessary to update it every 12 months, as certificates did;

What is Parse

Hello everyone and welcome I’m Alex I’m the main architect for back4App.com and today I’m here to talk a little bit about Parse.

For those of you who don’t know Parse yet, Parse is a backend as a service platform and it was created back in 2011. In 2013 it was bought by Facebook but in mid-2017 Facebook decided to open source the solutions which the community embraced and took it to the product that we have today.


Parse Server Security

Parse Server Security

Hello everyone in this article I’m going to talk about Security when using Parse Server on Back4App. As security is not a topic that makes developers happy I’ll be very concise and direct. My intention here was to provide a quick security checklist to review your App before making it a Production App.


Database Publishing Software

The Database Hub Software project on Back4app was launched to help people to Publish any data they want on the web(Xls, CSV, complete databases) and also consume/use data from others. Also, we wanted to provide an option for people to benefit each other from working together to acquire more complete and accurate data by working together on a Data project using the Databse HUB.


How to Publish a Database

How to Publish a Database

In this article, I’m going to detail how you can create, import data and publish a database on Database HUB.

There are no prerequisites required to Publish the Data you want. If you have scrapped or exported this data from another source the only recommendation is to convert those data into CSV format.


The Open Source Databases Platform

The Open Source Databases Platform

When we started the Database HUB project on Back4App our vision was: What if people could build and sustain Databases together in the same way they do with code? What if they can benefit each other from work together to get more accurate and complete data to use on their App projects?
 
The journey hasn’t been easy. We’ve been working very hard based on user’s feedback to transform the HUB on a Social Platform to build and use Databases.
 
We’re happy to see how developers are Connecting to a ready Database in a few clicks and using it on their Apps.
 
Even happier to see the users publishing their own Databases, sharing their work and collaborating with each other to build Better Datasets useful to many other developers. You can see users opening issues here at the World Continents, Countries, and Cities, for example.