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Firebase and Parse Platform Choice Dilemma

 

parseEqualsFirebaseAPI developers are in a lively dispute over the respective advantages and limitations of the Firebase and Parse Backend as a Service (BaaS) platforms. Now Facebook’s decision to make Parse code open source adds more fuel to these fires of developer debate. Does this status change disarm the arguments of Parse proponents and push the balance in favor of Firebase, or perhaps it works in the opposite direction?


O que é um Backend as a Service?

 

BaaS – Tudo que você precisa saber!

O presente artigo irá detalhar as vantagens e desvantagens de se utilizar um backend as a service no desenvolvimento de aplicações web ou mobile. 

Um BaaS pode ser visto como uma ponte conectando o backend e o frontend de uma aplicação. Os BaaS auxiliam os desenvolvedores a acelerar a criação de aplicações web e mobile e simplificam a criação de APIs. Em vez de codificar o backend inteiro, o desenvolvedor usa o BaaS para criar as APIs e conectá-las às aplicações.


Challenges and Opportunities in the BaaS Market

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The Backend as a Service (BaaS) market has mushroomed over the past five years. App developers find that using BaaS services frees them to focus on the more inspiring aspects of their profession. They have therefore rushed to entrust BaaS service providers with those less glamorous but nevertheless all so vital development tasks. For example, BaaS offers a highly effective way of handling server coding, database hosting, backup and other tasks that create and maintain the supporting environment app development requires. “Backend” is a most appropriate choice of word since these activities provide the framework within which the more exciting app development tasks are implemented. When these activities are managed by a third party the developer has much more time to devote to the innovations that make new apps so appealing.


Parse pricing: How to estimate your Parse hosting costs on AWS

Parse pricing: How to estimate your Parse hosting costs on AWS

In this article, we are comparing expenses required to host the complete Parse solution (Parse Server + Database) in two different configurations. The first configuration covers small apps and the second covers scaling / large apps.
Small Apps – Will detail the structure required for starting apps with less than ten requests/second and minimum server-side processing.
Large and Scaling Apps – Will detail the structure required for scaling and large apps with more than 10 API requests per second.


Firebase vs. Parse Server

Firebase vs. Parse Server

Google has recently released a new version of Firebase. It provides a unified platform to build Android, iOS, and web Apps. Admob, Analytics, Authentication, Indexing, Test Lab, and Notifications are some of the new features introduced in the latest version of Firebase.
Parse Server is a better choice to build new apps or API’s. Read on to get a sense of comparison between the two and to understand why Parse Server is still better.

 


Parse migration tool

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If you hosted your app on Parse and are now aware of the fact that Parse is shutting down by Jan 2017, you should be searching an alternative to Parse. Parse has open-sourced their technology and paved a way to migrate your app’s backend to another BaaS provider. Back4app is one of the best BaaS providers that can efficiently support IoT, mobile apps or API’s. Try it out right away as the deadline for data migration has elapsed and you must be getting minor traffic on your app.

Even if you are looking for developing a new app, Back4app has an easy wizard to create and maintain your app. Back4app still supports Parse SDK and offers most features that were loved by Parse users including Push notifications on Dashboard, Global Config, Hooks, automatic emails, and cloud code.


Parse Self-hosting or hosting provider ?

Parse Self-hosting or hosting provider ?

Given the fact that Parse will be permanently shuttered on January 28, 2017, you have two options to host your apps.
1. Setting up the self-hosted Parse Server and then releasing a new app pointing to it
2. Migrating to a cloud hosting company that can provide Parse hosting service

There are pros and cons of each of these options. Here I discuss a few of them which may help you choose the better of the two that best suits you.


Parse Server 与 Firebase 的比较

Parse Server 与 Firebase 的比较
Google(谷歌) 最近为 Firebase 推出了新版本。它为开发者提供了统一标准的Andr​​oid, iOS 和 流动网络应用的实时应用平台。在最新版本的Firebase中,亦增加了如Admob, Analytics, Authentication, Index-ing, Text Lab 等一系列应用分析工具。
然而Parse Server还是一个开发应用和API的更好选择。接下来会为两者进行分析并说明为什么Parse Server 会是更好的选择。


What if I don’t migrate my parse db until April 28th?

What if I don’t migrate my parse db until April 28th?

Parse announced about their shut down on January 28th. With this, they also released a database migration tool that lets you migrate data from your Parse app to any MongoDB database. They said the Parse API would continue to operate as usual based on the new database. It made sure the migration could happen without downtime.