this should really be held up as a model for how to shut your acquired startup down gracefully. complete migration guide, including tools to migrate the db and an open sourced server, and a blog post that is genuinely respectful of their customers and acknowledges the difficulty this will cause them (no “our incredible journey” crap).
Yeah, way better than FoundationDB
Trusting companies with your data is fine if:
1. You can create a complete backup from a command line at least hourly.
2. You can restore from backup onto another service with no data loss, within either a few hours tlor up to a week depending on how important your data is (eg. customer data vs dinky personal blog)
Facebook is just the worst when it comes to both of these points.
holy shit, yeah!
I was impressed that they’re closing it in a full year. I first read it as closing THIS January.
Its nice they are offering a migration tool for customers, anyone who built on parse could have been left high and dry.
What exactly does this thing do? I have no idea, and it isn’t entirely clear immediately from their site.
PaaS backend with associated framework for mobile apps. The intent was that they handle all the server-side stuff an app might need: user accounts, login, session, persistent data, analytics, etc. They provided SDKs for Android/iOS to use on the client side which, combined with them hosting the server-side, were supposed to make that sort of stuff “just work” transparently, vs. you have to both host a server and write API/protocol code. (I’ve never actually used it, so I can’t vouch for whether it worked well, but the idea has some appeal.)
It sounds like something I was thinking about a few years ago when I noticed a lot of web apps were going towards single pages with only having to store data on the server. My thoughts were always self-hosted, because I am not too sure about this cloud stuff. I wonder what went wrong.