Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) took over Parse a toolkit and support system for mobile developers in 2013. The social network wanted to use Parse deploying developers to turn into a genuine cloud business.
On Thursday, the company announced that it intends to close down Parse, the services platform for which it paid $85 million. Co-founder of Parse, Kevin Lacker wrote in a blog post that they knew that several folk are relying on Parse, and they are trying to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Parse will still run till January 28, 2017 so programmers have time to shift their products to other platforms. However, it still is troublesome for the developers responsible for the 600,000 apps built on the software platform.
Forcing programmers into changes can affect their trust. In the future when Facebook offers opportunities for programmers, they may be wary of investing resources into services from an organization with a poor record of continued support.
Facebook says it will provide multiple tools for migrating databases and its making the Parse Server open source so that programmers can operate most of the Parse API from their Node.js servers.
At the time when Facebook acquired Parse, its future was uncertain, and it was seeking additional channels of business that could help its growth. Currently, Facebook’s ad business is booming, and it can afford to concentrate on its core product.
Most of what Parse does involves stuff most folk will never see. Parse assists programmers with support and tools so that independent developers can devote more time coding and less time maintaining the back end. Developers who utilize Parse include those at Expedia’s Orbitz, a travel website and at Quip, a productivity app. Facebook would generate money from Parse by storing information from developers and dispatching product notifications to customers.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) boast of similar developer offerings providing a richer range of other computing tools and services that programmers require. The main reason why Facebook decided to shut down Parse was it didn’t want to spend the required resources to compete with existing, more mature programmer offerings from organizations such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft.