Mike Szczys · Jun 4, 2013 at 07:30 pm

Parse SDK Helps Add Push, Social Integration, Cloud Storage, and More

I’ve never heard of Parse before, but a quick look into what they’re all about really drives home the value of this type of service. The package comes in the form of an SDK to include when developing your app, and server-side services that go hand in hand with it.

When XDA Senior Member MaartenXDA first discovered Parse, he was looking for a way to send Push notifications to his app. It does that quite easily, and there’s a free version of the service that will let you send up to 1 million notifications per month. But before you lose interest, this is not the only thing you can do. Keep reading to find out more.

MaartenXDA’s original thread is a multi-post guide for using the service. The top post gets your development environment set up and walks through the process of allowing Push notifications from your app. Then, he goes on for two more posts to cover User and Data functionality. The ParseUser class provides all sorts of options to manage how a person uses your app. This includes things like email verification, secure login, and limiting what an anonymous user can do. The ParseObject class allows you to store data on the Parse cloud servers. Game developers may want high scores to be persistent across devices, or a reader app could use this to sync reading position.

Once you’re up to speed from reading the guide in the forums, you may find the Parse Documentation useful.


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Mike Szczys

szczys is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Mike Szczys is a professional musician but spends all his free time working with hobby electronics. As Contributing Editor for Hackaday.com he became interested in Android as some of the early hardware hacks started popping up on the Internet. What followed was a gradually rising addiction to all things Android. View szczys's posts and articles here.
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