I just received this email from Facebook/Parse. "Important Parse Announcement" - "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."
"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."
"First, we’re releasing a database migration tool that lets you migrate data from your Parse app 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. 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. For more details, check out our migration guide."
"We know that many of you have come to rely on Parse, and we are striving to make this transition as straightforward as possible. We enjoyed working with each of you, and we have deep admiration for the things you’ve built. Thank you for using Parse."
Additional Facebook/Parse links:
- Parse blog post - http://blog.parse.com/announcements/moving-on/
- Database migration tool that lets you migrate data from your Parse app to any MongoDB database - http://info.facebookdevelopers.com/b0000ZFmGYr0Q90×020Acav
- Releasing the open source Parse Server - http://info.facebookdevelopers.com/b0000ZFmGYr0Q90×020Acav
- Migration guide - http://info.facebookdevelopers.com/O0G09aAQ0200vYms0y0Z0cF
What does it mean for RAD Studio, Delphi and C++Builder customers that use our Parse BaaS provider? You can still use your apps and the components until Parse is retired. Because of our BaaS provider architecture, we give you common reusable components that also work with Kinvey, App42 and our own EMS. Since this new just came out, I will talk it over with our product management and engineering teams to see what more guidance we can provide over the coming months.