Using Parse Cloud & API for
iOS & Android Mobile
Application Development

Parse is the cloud app platform (backend) to build apps for iOS, Android, JavaScript, and OS X. With Parse, one can add a scalable and powerful backend in minutes and launch a full-featured mobile or web app in record time without ever worrying about server management. Parse offers push notifications, social integration, data storage, and the ability to add rich custom logic to your app’s backend with cloud code.

Parse.com API (which was recently acquired by Facebook) is easy to use, and makes threading a simple process that eliminates overheads of development of backend and marinating the servers.

To showcase our experiences working on Parse Cloud APIs, we invite you to take a look at:

https://www.parse.com/anypic
https://www.parse.com/anywall

Here’s what we did…

Our client hired our development team to carry out a test/pilot project over Parse.com whereby our existing client had apps on the app store (Talking Photo, MoPho, and ToneCreator). While these apps allowed users to create great stuff & share with friends they were mostly a solitary experience without any form of community to browse other users’ creations. To increase & improve user retention our client wanted to add “more social” features using Parse.com infrastructure and APIs.

The objective was to reduce app uninstall rates, increase session duration (which improves ad revenue) improve app ranking and improve in-app purchase revenue.

Using Parse.com in this test project, we worked on the development of the following features and are proud to say the prototype project successfully delivered each of them.

USER FEATURES

ADMIN FEATURES

This prototype project was delivered successfully with all described features.

Another app we did with Parse Data Services was;

https://itunes.apple.com/ru/app/parking-nyc/id642864872?mt=8

Parse is highly advantageous for product development companies, or for businesses needing to develop inventory application with shared data over the cloud or e-commerce iOS apps.
If you are looking for a developer to build apps with cloud data storage including Parse, please contact us or drop us an email at sales@spaceotechnologies.com

Readers of this web page might also want to know, what are the other solutions out there in comparison to Parse are? Let's look at some of them:

http://quickblox.com/ is another one on our list, although we have used it experimentally,we found it easy to integrate good support. It has good samples for iOS (http://quickblox.com/developers/IOS), Android and other developers and allows them to integrate various functionalities, such as push notification, location, one on one and group chats, attachments (photos, videos, location), video chat, location based chat, AR chat, etc. Push notification alerts for offline users are cool features they have.

At Space-O, we never used http://storageroomapp.com/ for any applications that are currently live but we know it automatically generates an admin panel from the data model that can be easily used by the admin client to input or access the application data. I was reading their review and it says it's pretty stable and easy to use. The good thing I had noted in some of the reviews is that StorageRoom seems to be using a relational database while Parse uses a NoSQL.

To get the best performance and have full control over the data, the best way is to go with Custom CMS using Amazon AWS. We have done several projects (check our portfolio https://www.spaceotechnologies.com/projects/aws/). We have built several Custom CMSes using RubyOnRails, C#, PHP technologies with MySQL, MsSQL, MogoDB database as required varying from case to case.

Apigee, again we never used this at Space-O, but we are listing them for our readers. All we know is that it is the leading API platform for enterprises and developers. Apigee also gives mobile analytics tools to dig into the “what” and “where” of application errors (including crashes) or performance glitches so that you can isolate the source of a problem and fix it fast.

Use their JSON-API to display it in your applications. It comes with 30-day Free Trial on All Pricing Plans. There Max plan is $99/Month, Premium: $49/Month,Plus Plan: $24/Month and the Basic: is $12/Month.

If you are looking for a developer to build apps with Cloud Data Storage including Parse, please contact us.

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Recently we worked with Space-O in developing our IOS app for the iPad Dexter and Friends. The project was handled from start to finish with great care, I enjoyed working with Mr Ankit Shah and the rest of the development team. They were very responsive in dealing with minor set backs such as bug fixes. Their quality and assurance team didn’t stop till I was completely satisfied with the final product. They also were proactive in suggesting improvements to the user interface and helped us develop an easy to use parental control which allowed our app to qualify for IOS app store’s new ‘Kids’ section. I would highly recommend them if you are looking for a company who will stay within a reasonable budget and deliver a top quality product.Kevin
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