Well damn. If you wander to the “Projects” section of this website you will see my Android apps are all Parse-based. If you are a Parse user yourself, you are probably now aware of today’s announcement. This sucks.
Now that is going away. Parse is officially recommending a slow migration to a MongoDB setup followed by a hosting switch where you can run the new open source Parse Server to connect to your fancy new MongoDB instance. Blerg. I’m not sure what I’m going to do, I like the fact that I have working apps available, but they aren’t exactly tearing up the Google Play store rankings, so I have to decide what level of effort is acceptable to support essentially unused apps.
The lesson here, I guess, is to be weary of anybody offering you a sweet free service. Or, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Or something else, I don’t really know. For now, I’ve got a year to switch away from Parse or let my apps die a slow, quiet, unnoticed death.