In 2013, Facebook acquired the Parse platform for $85 million, so it comes as a big surprise that only four years later Facebook will shut down Parse. When it was bought by Facebook, the platform specialized on mobile developers. Parse later became Facebook’s key developer of services.
According to the recent reports, Parse will be shut down in January 28 next year. Until then, the developers will have to move the products to other platforms. That will be quite a challenge, since more than 600,000 aps were built on the Parse platform. Facebook’s decision might not be the best, since the developers will have trust issues in the future when it comes to investing in platforms owned by Facebook.
The co-founder and CEO of Parse, Ilya Sukhar who was once featured in a lot in the developer conferences left Facebook a year ago and since then little was heard about the service. Kevin Lacker, who is the other co-founder of Parse addressed the issue and said that time and resources will be offered to the people who will move their apps to other platforms. The Parse servers will be opened sourced and the developers will be able to move their applications from their own servers. In the past, the app developers used services like Parse in order not to have to deal with servers so we will have to wait and see how many of them will make the switch.
The decision to close Parse certainly came as a big surprise to the developers who have been relying on the platform ever since 2013. The reasons behind Facebook’s change of mind remain unknown but most probably they realized that Parse was not worth to have anymore. This situation reminds us of the time when Facebook decided to change its game platform a few years ago. The changes that occurred with not much notice left developers with no business potential and broken apps. That raised a lot of criticism towards Facebook from the developers. Because of that, Facebook made the Operation Developer Love campaign and reassured people that when the platform is going to change again, they will be noticed much quickly. This must be the reason behind Facebook leaving the Parse platform available for another year before it will be closed. Even if this time Facebook announced the developers ahead of the fact that Facebook will shut down Parse, it appears that it chose again its well-being over that of its developers.
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