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.
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 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.
There are two important announcements from Parse.
- Post April 28th, apps which have not migrated their database would assume a lower priority of traffic.
- Parse will ultimately shut down after January 28th.
If you are half way through developing an app, you must be deciding about the right time to migrate.
You need not be panicking right now because the performance that Parse will deliver it’s enough to finish your app’s development. Additionally. The April 28th deadline has no impact on you because there are no users for your app yet.
But there are other good reasons to move now, especially to anticipate issues on Parse migration and on to adapt Parse features. You need to figure out alternatives to build, host and manage your app.
Let’s analyse some scenarios:
Last Friday, giving further evidence that the powerful Parse open source framework will not die, Parse developer’s team opened the Dashboard code. The dashboard is one of the main components on Parse platform together with the Parse Server and Database.
Facebook decided to no longer host apps on its developer platform Parse and released an Open Source version of the product. The Open Source version is called Parse Server and can be download using the button below.
Parse Server Download
The link will direct you to Github where you will be able to download Parse Server .
How to run Parse?
You have the following options to run Parse Server.
- Run locally
- Create your own Parse Server
- Parse Server Hosting
Please use the Parse Server wiki to select the best option for you.
Parse is an open-source framework used to accelerate mobile app development. It allows you to create amazing apps without reinventing the wheel.
How to download Parse?
You can download Parse on Github. Please access it here.
How to run Parse?
– You can run locally
– Self host your app
– Use Parse hosting services like Back4app