To better understand the growing appeal of third-party API provider offerings, we will take a closer look at an exciting new entrant to this vibrant market — the California-based www.back4app.com. They have just released a new back4app API Hub that allows developers to create easily, deploy, host and share APIs completely free of charge. The rapidly increasing pace of API development and the growing recognition of the commercial advantages of easy access to third-party API resources provide the hub’s raison d’être. The interest it has generated clearly testifies to the stress API developers now place on reducing development cycle time and its associated expenses.
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.
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.
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.
There is another feather in the cap for the Back4app team as they attend this year’s Stanford LaunchPad program. This accomplishment provides a significant boost to the already fast-growing company that aims to help customers get better back-end service. Back4app. has two Stanford MBA’s working for the company, which makes the company eligible for entry into this prestigious program.
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 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.
Parse server is one of the best alternatives for Parse. But as we have seen in our last article “Parse open-source is moving fast but still has some features to be opened up. See which” there are a few features that are not available in the open-source version of Parse. But there are alternatives for each of those features. Let’s take a quick look at some of the ways to close the gaps between Parse Server and make it work closer to Parse.
Migrating the data and setting up your own Parse Server is one of the most preferred options as Parse bids goodbye soon. Open source Parse Server and Dashboard are an excellent replacement for Parse.com with the support from Parse community. Many look at it as a great potential framework as you can develop according to your needs and get improvements and new features from developer’s community. Parse open-source already supports many features of Parse.com but here are some of them which are yet to be open sourced.