Why Building a Mobile App is Hard

Kent Nguyen has a great article about how building iOS apps takes a lot of work. And, here at Parse, we agree. Making a well-designed app is not a trivial task. Many non-developers hugely underestimate the amount of sweat and tears that goes into a single app. The big component that is overlooked and that…

Networking Improvements in PFFile and ParseFile

Last week we announced file support in the REST API. Hot on the heels of that announcement, we’ve made many improvements to PFFile and ParseFile: Both classes are now resilient to a wide assortment of network conditions. Parse will automatically retry uploads of new files and fetches of existing files. Uploads and downloads can be…

Uploading Files via REST API

No matter if you are building a video, music or reading app, it is likely you’ll run into the following dilemma. Initially you package all your contents into your app, only to discover that the app is about 2GB in size, and contains only static content. No user will want a bloated app like that,…

Javascript and User Authentication for the REST API

At Parse, our vision is that anything you can build with your own backend server, you should be able to do with Parse instead. We’ve been constantly impressed by the things developers have been building with the Parse REST API. In particular, a lot of developers use Parse not just to build mobile apps, but…

Designing Great API Docs

Writing documentation is one of those things that is dreaded by many developers. It takes a lot of effort and time to get right. And too often, people take shortcuts. This is sad, because well designed documentation is the key to getting people excited about your project, whether it’s open source or a developer focused…