f8 2014 Schedule Now Available

The schedule for f8 is now available! Mark Zuckerberg will kick it off with a keynote in the morning and then we’ll have more than 20 technical sessions in the afternoon.

We’ll also be live streaming all the keynotes and tracks from f8. If you can’t join us in person, be sure and tune in to the live stream of all the keynotes and tracks to catch all the new stuff and great content. Register here to learn more and be notified when the live stream begins.

Everyone at Parse is really excited to be part of f8 this year and we hope to see you there!

Ashley Smith
April 2, 2014

Announcing f8 on April 30th, 2014

10012313_10101561081881268_356313840_oIt’s an exciting day for the Parse team as our CEO, Ilya Sukhar, just announced at SXSW that Facebook will be hosting an f8 this year. We’re excited to be a big part of this event, and to invite you, the members of our community, to join us on April 30th, 2014 in San Francisco. Held at the San Francisco Design Concourse, f8 will be a full day of technical talks and hands-on sessions for more than 1,500 mobile and web developers from around the world. There will also be a live stream of the full event for those of you who won’t be able to join in person.

We will have Parse engineers available throughout the day to provide one-on-one help and advice, and will close out the event with a celebration for attendees to unwind with drinks and entertainment.

After the success of Parse Developer Day and Facebook + Parse Mobile Developer Day, we’re excited to be a part of this larger Parse + Facebook event where we can come together to explore the opportunities available to developers building on the two platforms.

Visit fbf8.com to learn more and to sign up to be notified when registration opens. We’ll begin accepting applications to attend soon!

Ashley Smith
March 8, 2014

Parse March 2014 Events

March is going to be a busy month for the Parse team. We’ll be attending and hosting several different events this month, and hope that you can join us at some of the following:

SXSW Interactive – March 7 – 11, 2014 – Austin, TX

Facebook, Parse, and Instagram will be hosting several events during the course of the SXSW festival this year, as well as several talks at the conference. Check out this blog post for a full listing of events.

Parse Austin Meetup – March 10, 2014 – Austin, TX
Join us for our first Parse Austin Meetup. This event does not require a SXSW badge and is open to anyone in the developer community who is interested in learning more about Parse. RSVP here to join us in Austin!

Game Developers Conference – March 19 – 21, 2014 – San Francisco, CA

Facebook and Parse are excited to be at the Game Developers Conference this year. Stop by booth 1838 to meet with members of both teams, and don’t miss the talk, “Facebook Unlocked: Trends & Growth Opportunities for Cross-Platform Games” which will include thoughts from Parse CEO, Ilya Sukhar.

BoxDev14 – March 26, 2014 – San Francisco, CA

Parse will be participating in BoxDev14, including an introduction to Parse talk. Visit our team on-site to chat and bring us your questions about developing on Parse. If you haven’t already registered to attend, you can do so here with the code parsedev for 50% off!

We hope to see you at some of the above events this month!

Courtney Witmer
March 3, 2014

Parse + Facebook at SXSW 2014

Parse and Facebook are excited to be participating in SXSW this year, and we have a great lineup of speakers and events for conference participants (and non-participants) to attend. Keep an eye out throughout the event for the Parse + Facebook ice cream truck and be sure to register for the events below:

  • Friday, March 7th: Parse + Facebook Welcome Party, The Parish, 8PM – 12AM
    Join us at The Parish to kick off a great week of events. We’ll have performances by Learning Secrets, The Black Angels, and Holiday Mountain, plus much more. RSVP here today!
  • Friday, March 7th & Monday, March 10th: The Facebook Counter, FB HQ at the Belmont, 11AM – 3PM
    Register for some one-on-one time with Parse and Facebook team members at “The Counter” at FB HQ during SXSW. Pop in, grab a drink, and get some tips from Facebook and Parse experts from the Marketing and Platform teams. You must RSVP for a spot.
  • Sunday, March 9th: FbStart, FB HQ at the Belmont, 10AM – 12PM
    Apply to join Parse + Facebook at FbStart Austin for a special mobile-focused event for top startups covering how to best use Parse + Facebook’s organic and paid channels to drive growth, engagement and re-engagement on mobile. Including a fireside chat and Q&A session with the co-founder and CEO of Parse, Ilya Sukhar, the event is geared towards those focused on marketing, growth, and user acquisition. Content will be non-technical in nature and will be most relevant for companies who currently have, or are building, a native mobile app. We can accommodate up to two people per company. Apply to attend here.
  • Monday, March 10th: Parse Austin Meetup, Capital Factory, 7PM – 10PM
    If you’ve never used Parse before and need an overview, or if you want to learn more about what Parse apps are doing in the wild, join us for this meetup. There will be three talks from the Parse team, our partners at SendGrid, and a customer, plus open Q&A and, of course, drinks and networking. You can register to join us here – no SXSW pass necessary!

In addition to the events we’re hosting, also be sure to check out the great talks from Facebook, Parse, and Instagram team members throughout the conference, especially Parse CEO Ilya Sukhar’s talk, “Bringing Sexy Back to Developers” on Saturday, March 8th at the Four Seasons Ballroom from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Get more details about the talk and talk venue here.

Courtney Witmer
February 27, 2014

New Resources for Developer Events

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Anyone who has ever built a developer tool or worked on an open source project knows that its success depends on the contributions and support of a solid developer community. We want to build things that people want to use, and we rely on feedback to help get us there.

While having a developer community is mission-critical, “building community” can seem like a pretty vague task, especially when you first get started. What does it mean to grow a developer community? Where do you begin?

Our goal is to build cool stuff that people want to use. Our conversations with other developers should then revolve around showing them what we’ve created, sharing knowledge about how the project works, and taking feedback to make sure we’re addressing the right problems and building APIs in the most usable way.

Getting people excited about your project depends on communicating with them authentically— a jargon-y way of saying you should just speak like you would to any other friend or person whose thoughts you respect and are interested in listening to. Assume their feedback is useful. Respond to it politely. If you disagree, explain why. Avoid belittling anyone who asks questions you think are obvious or says things you think are wrong. Chances are, they’re not as obvious as you think, and they may not be wrong. Maybe most importantly, try not to make promises you can’t keep. The collective memory of the internet is long.

These conversations can happen online, in forums, Hacker News comment threads, Facebook and Twitter, but it’s also important to reach out to people in person. Providing a physical space where people can talk about technology that interests them helps make your project more accessible. Many people learn better from interacting with others and having their questions answered face to face. Plus, hanging out with other enthusiastic people helps this otherwise-vague “community” feel much more real.

Developer events like meetups and hackathons are helpful for these reasons, but organizing them is a substantial amount of work. It can be intimidating the first (or second, or thirtieth) time. Some inside knowledge of how to do it goes a long way.

That’s why today, we’re releasing some materials to help out people who are trying to run developer events for the first time—or have been doing it for a while.

For potential organizers, we’ve put together a set of high-level guidelines for running a great event, from content to venue to getting people to actually show up. There’s also an organizer timeline for meetups and for hackathons to help keep you on track as the date approaches.

If you’re interested in running a Parse meetup specifically, we want to go further to help you out. We’ve also opened up some content that you can present out-of-the-box to get conversations going at your first meetup. You can start off with an Introduction to Parse or dive deeper with a code example in the Parse Demo deck. We’ve provided lots of notes in the presentations to make them easy to follow and give. Let us know that you’re having the meetup and we’re happy to give you a shoutout from @ParseIt, and chat with you more about how we can help.

Do you already have a bunch of independent meetups running, and thousands of watchers on your project? Awesome. In the spirit of community, we believe these materials should be collaboratively written and edited. If you have tips, tricks, and other helpful information to add to the guides, please go to our repo on GitHub and submit a pull request for your edits. We’d love to hear from you!

Bear Douglas
February 25, 2014

Parse + Facebook at DeveloperWeek 2014

The Parse + Facebook team is heading to DeveloperWeek in San Francisco next week, and we have lots of great events around the conference for you to attend! Check out our schedule of DeveloperWeek events below:

We hope to see you at one or more of our DeveloperWeek events next week!

Courtney Witmer
February 13, 2014

Parse Developer Day Video Series: A New Kind of Checkout (Stripe)

This is a guest post from Christian Anderson, Software Engineer at Stripe.

Users abandon purchases for many reasons: poor design of the checkout form, the hassle of having to punch in their card details, or even just the fact that they’re confronted with an unfamiliar checkout experience. With Stripe Checkout, Stripe tackles these problems so you can focus on your core business.

This video from Parse Developer Day shows viewers how to use Checkout and Parse’s Stripe integration to craft a great purchasing experience for your users, including a demo of the powerful Checkout feature.

Courtney Witmer
February 12, 2014

Parse Developer Day Video Series: Monetize Your Windows Apps

The following is a guest post from Sanjeev Dwivedi, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft.

Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 offer a fast growing platform for developers to build apps and start monetizing. Apps you build can be made available to all types of devices, from phones to tablets and Windows 8 PCs, giving you a wide reach of users, from casual to enterprise environment. The opportunity is even larger if you publish your apps to the more than 190 markets where Windows and Windows Phone Stores are available. The Stores also support the largest options of payment instruments, to help more consumers purchase your apps or in-app purchase: we support credit card, debit card, PayPal, mobile operator billing, Alipay (China) and others depending on the market. No other store enables you to publish to all three screens, and is available in so many different markets, with as many payment instruments.

On the technical side, Windows and Windows Phone offer developers a choice on whatever technology they know and are familiar with to develop apps. On both Windows 8 and Windows Phone, you can use C++ or C# to develop your applications, and Windows also offers HTML5/JavaScript – each of these languages have full access to all of the API. So, you can develop apps using technologies that you are familiar with and love.

If you want to learn more about the Windows and Windows Phone opportunity, tune in to the video, below.

Courtney Witmer
February 5, 2014

Parse February 2014 Events

We’re keeping busy this month with a number of events. Check out where we’ll be in February, and join us if you can!

Apps World North America – February 5-6, 2014 – San Francisco, CA
Facebook + Parse will be hosting a booth at Apps World North America, and Developer Advocates Christine Abernathy and Bear Douglas will be doing two different talks. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Parse and Facebook from our team, and stop by our booth afterwards with any questions.

DeveloperWeek – February 15-18, 2014 – San Francisco, CA
Parse engineer Bryan Klimt, of the always popular “What’s so Great about JavaScript Promises” blog post, will be keynoting at DeveloperWeek this year. Besides his not-to-be-missed talk, we’ll also have members of our sales and advocacy teams on hand at the Expo to answer any questions you have about building on Parse.

February Bay Area Parse Developer Meetup – February 19, 2014 – San Francisco, CA
Our first Bay Area Meetup of 2014 will take place in San Francisco at 111 Minna Gallery. Join us for drinks, snacks, and great talks from the Parse team and customers. Register to join the group today for notifications on all scheduled meetup events in the Bay Area.

DeveloperWeek After Party – February 20, 2014 – San Francisco, CA
Parse and Facebook are hosting the DeveloperWeek After Party at Local Edition in San Francisco. Join us to to celebrate the end of a great conference and meet some of the Parse team. RSVP today!

We hope that you can join us at one or more of the great events we’ll be attending and hosting this month!

Courtney Witmer
February 3, 2014

Parse Developer Day Video Series: iOS and Android Apps with Xamarin & C#

The following is a guest post from Craig Dunn, Developer Evangelist at Xamarin.

Parse provides amazing back-end services for your mobile apps – and with Xamarin you can quickly and easily build those apps for all the important mobile platforms using C# and sharing lots of code.

This talk shows how easy it is to take a cross platform (iOS and Android) app written with Xamarin and implement Parse Data to take advantage of remote storage and sharing data between devices. Parse and Xamarin support the latest C# features like async-await so your code can be short and sweet.

Tune in to this Parse Developer Day video to see how easily Xamarin apps can integrate with Parse, bringing advanced functionality quickly and easily to iOS and Android with C#.

Courtney Witmer
January 29, 2014