Mobile App development implies many skills including application architecture, programming languages and design. These are common the most common ones. But, as mentioned previously on our blog, one must not forget the server side.
The problem is back-end server code including features like data syncing, authentication, etc.. requires some experience mobile app developers do not master as well as their primarily business.
Do not fear server side anymore: Now Parse.com has a solution: it’ll take care of all of those server-side features, allowing you to focus exclusively on making the mobile client better.
Such service is called ‘Mobile Back-end as a Service’. You will encounter references to it written in its short form: MBaasS. And, as you can guess, we think that Parse is a great player in this sector.
So what can Parse do for you? Here an excellent TechCrunch explanation based on Parse co-founder Tikhon Bernstam’s explanation:
Tikhon Bernstam explains that many mobile app developers aren’t deeply familiar with the server-side code required to manage databases, user authentication, notifications, and other common features. Granted, they can usually figure these things out, but the time it takes to learn and implement these features is far from trivial.
Which is where Parse comes in. After dragging and dropping the Parse SDK into your IDE, you can access features like mobile data storage, push notifications, and user management with a few lines of code (you can see a rundown of the current features right here).
Bernstam says that one common use case for the service is to integrate syncing, so that users can access the same content across multiple devices. You can choose to build your app from scratch with Parse integrated, or you can import existing applications and use it to layer new features on top of existing functionality.
One other important thing to note: while Parse will take care of all of your server-side data for you, it’ll let you export it if you ever want to leave the service.
So far the service has been integrated into popular apps including Hipmunk, Scribd’s Float, and .
So, go for it: effective and “easy as pie” to use.