Facebook had just announced that it would be shutting down its Parse developer platform, and ended the service on January 28, 2017.
“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.” Kevin Lacker, the CTO of Facebook Parse wrote on the blog.
Facebook purchased Parse, which is a toolkit and support system for mobile developers in 2013 with an acquisition price of $85 million. It is a shocking news that Facebook is going to wind down Parse because Facebook keeps updating the platform. Parse launched a series of new tools helping developers work with Apple’s WatchOS and tvOS last month. Also, Parse Product Manager Supratik Lahiri promised more updates in the future.
Yet the bright side of this announcements is that Facebook will provide a year for developers to stop relying in its hosted Parse services, and provide several tools to help migrate applications to other services.
According to the blog, Facebook is releasing a database migration tool that ensures clients to migrate data from Parse application to any MongoDB database. Another release is the open source Parse Sever, which enables clients to keep application running without major changes in the client-side code.
Though Parse provides a paid service for clients and even serve some big enterprises like Quip and Orbitz, Facebook also grows stronger in mobile market with 90% of the service’s monthly active users accessing it on their phones in the last quarter of 2015. Thus what Parse can bring for Facebook becomes negligible.