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What’s new in Back4App?

What’s new in Back4App?

Our mission at Back4App is to help developers create better code and apps faster, which is why we have been evolving our BaaS platform, introducing intuitive features, and improving our existing capabilities.

Now, we are pleased to announce that Back4App has rolled out a raft of robust and advanced features for the app developers. The new changes and improvements include the latest version of Parse: the Parse Server 3.1.1, a new code assistant to perform CRUD operations in the Back4App cloud database, improved push notification mechanism, query caching option, and the new Analytics toolset.


Using Cloud Code functions as an AWS Lambda alternative

Using Cloud Code functions as an AWS Lambda alternative

With no shortage of application frameworks and cloud services, deciding how to launch your app involves many factors. Speed, price, and community support all play an essential role. Two increasingly important points you should consider are ease of development and deployment. In this article, I look at two solutions- Back4App Cloud Code functions, and AWS’s Lambda cloud service- and how they fare for these cases.


GDPR best practices in 7 steps

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The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR, is completing its first month as an enforced law. A lot has been done to make IT companies compliant with GDPR, however, it is just the beginning. Although it applies only to European citizens GDPR rules imposed a new reality in the world and all the efforts made to achieve compliance to this regulation can be lost if organizational practices and infrastructure are not maintained.


GDPR FAQ for App developers

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 On May 25, 2018, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that has been in the pipeline for a couple of years now goes into effect across European Union EU and European Economic Areas EEA. This has replaced the old privacy laws of 1995. It is a much tougher regime now, not least because companies must adhere to a new framework that creates consistent and reliable data protection rules across the EU and EEA. All businesses that process the personal data of individuals in the EU and EEA must comply with the GDPR or risk strict penalties and fines. The regulators will be able to impose hefty fines on organizations that misuse customers/citizens personal information.


Top 5 Alternatives to Heroku

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Heroku is a PaaS (Platform as a Service) and is one of the pioneers of the cloud service providers, before they came into the scene there was a huge challenge building and configuring servers from the scratch, not to talk of the drawback from shared hosting and the various complexities that comes with cloud hosting and deployment strategies. It brought a system that made app building, scaling and deployment so easy that it doesn’t take much time before they became a household name in the developer community.


What is function as a service?

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The general concept in the developer community is that serverless technology is basically all about Function as a service (FaaS). In fact, most developers think another name for serverless is FaaS — a process that allows developers deliver workloads without provisioning and managing facilities like servers and other infrastructures.


Firebase Alternatives – Top 10 Competitors

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It’s no secret that every developer wants to develop great apps, and if you’re one of them, we are here to help you discover some of the best alternatives to Firebase to help take your mobile app a notch higher.


Parse Server and Android : A perfect solution for your app Backend

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Do you own a business or have an awesome product to put on display? If yes, are you already on the web and the Play Store? In this era of digitization, with businesses going online and the number of mobile devices increasing exponentially, it’s imperative for every product and company to reach out to its customers’ mobile.


The secret of Parse and Facebook

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Over the last few years, open source has become the “default” way of building software. Currently, the world of open source is witnessing a plethora of innovations at a considerably high pace. Many of today’s business models are built around free, open source technology. As a result, enterprises are adequately providing support on various open source components and are increasingly shifting their workloads towards open data architecture.


Android App for Raspberry Pi

In our previous tutorials on IoT, we covered how to setup a Raspberry Pi and how to connect it to Parse Server using Back4App API to save objects to the server and to perform Queries and Live Queries.

Now we cover how to reproduce everything done on the Raspberry side to the App side. In this tutorial, we describe an Android App to interact with the IoT device configured earlier. From the Parse Server side, the App does the same tasks as the Raspberry: writes objects and performs Queries and Live Queries. Please note these functionalities may be useful even if you do not plan to develop an IoT application!