Parse & Our Strategy Change

I believe most of you have heard the bad news — Parse is gonna be shut down. (The post is here: http://blog.parse.com/announcements/moving-on/)

Yesterday when I saw the post, I shared it immediately to Honghao (my teammate) with a big “What!?”. Soon he replied “Bad news”.

 

Yes, indeed.

The reason we feel anxious and upset is that both Honghao and I barely know anything about backend development, and we’ve been relying on Parse and Firebase to support our previous projects. We’ve also been thinking about using BaaS for Lovever before we have our own backend developers. But now we have to reconsider the whole thing.

We discuss some backup plans this afternoon, and we both agree that no matter how we solve this issue, we need to know backend development ourselves. Somehow I’m reminded of a joke that people start to learn programming themselves after realizing how hard and costly it is to find a good developer. We also realize the difficulty of finding an awesome backend developer in a short time and the unreliability of entirely relying on BaaS, and we think “Okay, it’s time we push ourselves to ‘master’ backend development.”

So here we go. Honghao has been learning to develop web applications end-to-end using the MEAN stack for a while, and I just seriously start today. Hope everything goes well.

 

We’ll make sure of it.

 

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