In this post, I will attempt to convince you that Parse Server is worthy of your time and interest, even if you’ve never heard of Parse before. I will also make the case that Parse Server is and can be objectively better than the hosted Parse service. I hope that by the end of it, you will consider evaluating it for your next project.
Since announcing the sunsetting of the hosted Parse backend and open sourcing Parse Server our community has been extremely active.
Parse Server, the open source Parse backend, initially shipped with a GridStore adapter as the only option to store your files. This uses your MongoDB database to save file content and is a great way to get you started quickly with minimal effort and dependencies. However, for heavy production usage, it’s advisable to use a more scalable data store, optimized for storing files and that won’t put additional load on your MongoDB instance.
Last week, we released Parse Server, the open source version of the Parse backend. Since then, the repository has already received over 4,000 stars, 700 forks, and dozens of pull requests. We are working hard to make it the best open source app framework. Developers with an existing Parse app should migrate their apps to Parse Server now. In addition, if you’re building a new mobile app, Parse Server is a great way to build out your backend, coupled with the Parse SDKs.
Today, we are releasing two tools to help you transition your app from Parse to another service. With the announcement that Parse’s hosted service will be retired on January 28, 2017, we want to help share resources to make your migration as straightforward as possible.
We have a difficult announcement to make. Beginning today we’re winding down the Parse service, and Parse will be fully retired after a year-long period ending on January 28, 2017. We’re proud that we’ve been able to help so many of you build great mobile apps, but we need to focus our resources elsewhere.
Here at Parse, we believe in open source as a way of accelerating innovation, learning from our community, and collaborating on scalable solutions to hard challenges in mobile development.
With the launch of Apple TV this past fall, a new development medium and platform has been unleashed. Here at Parse, we’re extremely excited about the potential of this new platform and its ability to change the way you interact with your television. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Apple monumentally influence the world of software development—we’ve also seen its impact with watchOS, iOS, and and OS X. Over the years, our Parse iOS and OS X SDKs have been well-loved by developers around the globe, and in April, we released support for the Apple Watch and App Extensions.
Today we’re excited to give our users beta access to the new Parse Dashboard. It’s the result of months of effort spent working to bring you the best developer experience we can. It’s more than just a fresh coat of paint though — it’s completely rebuilt from the ground up with tools like React and Webpack to make your workflow faster and more seamless.