Facebook Will Shut Down Parse

Late last year, when Facebook open sourced its Parse SDK, I was impressed with it. At least Facebook is open sourcing its developer SDK. But the joy did not last long.

Today, Facebook’s Parse team announced via a blog post that it will retire Parse in Jan 2017. From the blog post:

We have a difficult announcement to make. Beginning today we’re winding down the Parse service, and Parse will be fully retired after a year-long period ending on January 28, 2017. We’re proud that we’ve been able to help so many of you build great mobile apps, but we need to focus our resources elsewhere.

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.

That is why developers should not trust a non-software company for their products and services.