Back in 2013, Facebook acquired Parse, a cloud-based platform for cross-platform apps, which let developers create rich social apps integrated with Facebook across platforms like iOS, Android, HTML5, etc.
The company announced late on Thursday that it is shutting Parse down. They're beginning the wind-down process and expect to have it fully retired 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," says Parse co-founder Kevin Lacker. "We understand that this won’t be an easy transition, and we’re working hard to make this process as easy as possible. We are committed to maintaining the backend service during the sunset period, and are providing several tools to help migrate applications to other services."
They released a database migration tool to let developers migrate data from their Parse apps to any MongoDB database.
"During this migration, the Parse API will continue to operate as usual based on your new database, so this can happen without downtime," says Lacker. "Second, we’re releasing the open source Parse Server, which lets you run most of the Parse API from your own Node.js server. Once you have your data in your own database, Parse Server lets you keep your application running without major changes in the client-side code."
You can find a migration guide here.
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