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Parse Named to the Facebook Technology Partners Program

Today, we’re thrilled to announce that Parse has been named to the Facebook Technology Partners Program. Parse Social is an easy way to create rich social apps integrated with Facebook across multiple platforms like iOS, Android, HTML5, and more. With this announcement, we are redoubling our commitment to making Parse the best platform to power your Facebook apps.

Integrating Facebook with Parse Social

Parse Social provides out-of-the-box functionality that allows your users to utilize Login with Facebook and save and associate their information, all without the trouble of setting up your own backend. Using our native SDKs for iOS, Android, Windows 8, and JavaScript, you’ll be able to add Facebook functionality with just a few lines of code.

For example, this is how you would log in a user in iOS:

[PFFacebookUtils logInWithPermissions:permissions block:^(PFUser *user, NSError *error) {
    if (!user) {
        NSLog(@"Uh oh. The user cancelled the Facebook login.");
    } else if (user.isNew) {
        NSLog(@"User signed up and logged in through Facebook!");
    } else {
        NSLog(@"User logged in through Facebook!");

You can read more about login in our documentation.

Sample Apps to Get You Up and Running Fast

As part of the launch, we’ve also created a Parse + Facebook resource center which we will continually update with useful information about Facebook app development. We’ve got two great sample apps: Scrumptious and Anypic, which are real world samples of social apps.

Specifically, we’ve augmented Facebook’s Scrumptious app to store user and post data with Parse. Learn more about this by viewing the screencast below:

The Applauze App Uses Parse and Facebook

Parse-powered app Applauze is an event focused service brought to you by 955 Dreams, the makers of the wildly successful Parse-powered Band of the Day app. The app allows users to discover, share, and purchase tickets to great events and then sends users push notifications to remind them of the events for which they have registered. Applauze uses Parse Data as well as Facebook integration by Parse for social sharing and user login.

Download the Applauze app on the iTunes store here.

Go Forth and Build

Armed with Parse and Facebook, we’re confident that you’ll be able to build engaging apps in a fraction of the time it used to take you.