Mike Isaac and Quentin Hardy, reporting for The New York Times:
Facebook acquired Parse, a toolkit and support system for mobile developers, in 2013. At the time, the social network’s ambitions were high: Parse would be Facebook’s way into one day harnessing developers to become a true cloud business, competing alongside the likes of Amazon, Google and Microsoft.
Those ambitions, it seems, have fallen back to earth. On Thursday, Facebook said it plans to shut down Parse, the services platform for which it paid upwards of a reported $85 million.
And from the announcement on the Parse blog:
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.
Parse provided a series of online backend tools for app developers, and this will certainly be a hassle for those who implemented Parse services in their iOS apps. Not to mention apps that were built on top of Parse and then abandoned – while those apps may still be working on modern versions of iOS thanks to backwards API compatibility, they will stop working once Parse – the online component – shuts down for good.
Below, I’ve compiled a list of some reactions from the developer community to the Parse announcement. See also: Connected #13 from November 2014 on App Store preservation.
Facebook to shut down Parse. This is very, very bad news for a lot of app developers. https://t.co/QjTAgdIRx2
— Mike Rundle (@flyosity) January 28, 2016
— Ken Yeung (@thekenyeung) January 28, 2016
Sympathies to all the developers that are going to be impacted by a Parse shutdown. Not fun. https://t.co/gBVvjtfUBp
— Greg Pierce (@agiletortoise) January 28, 2016
Facebook killing Parse makes sense for the company (its kinda like Apple doing iAd), but it will impact a lot of apps that are built off it.
— Benjamin Mayo (@bzamayo) January 28, 2016
I would think Facebook would keep Parse around simply for the sake of maintaining credibility & trust for their developer services
— Jeremy Olson (@jerols) January 28, 2016
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) January 28, 2016
Sad to hear Parse is shutting down. It definitely helped us move our thinking forward in terms of how we can serve our data.
— Jake Marsh (@jakemarsh) January 28, 2016
(That super-fun-but-shelved social music app I mentioned in our 2015 Panic Report? It used Parse as a backend.) https://t.co/EoxJGtfiwf
— Cabel Sasser (@cabel) January 28, 2016
Parse is shutting down? Remember: never rely on third parties for critical infrastructure. Just build every little bit and piece yourself.
— Matt Braun (@mattbraun) January 28, 2016
Parse was a big deal at F8 a couple of years ago, and seemed really cool. https://t.co/1xiud4sQJg
— Harry McCracken (@harrymccracken) January 28, 2016