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Parse Services, Parse Hosting, and ShowKit at Parse HQ at Facebook (building 18)

 

Did you know that you can build web sites with Parse?

Parse cofounder James Yu will tell us about Parse Hosting, a new service from Parse that allows us to build and run web sites on the same infrastructure that supports the Parse API. Build your web site with the Express Javascript framework and use Parse's server-side Javascript APIs to integrate the same data that you collect and manage with the Parse API in your app.

For background, we'll also get an overview of all of Parse's powerful features for backend data management.

Then we'll hear more about ShowKit, the gesture sharing and videoconferencing SDK that we saw briefly at June's WWDC Afterparty. I've personally tried it, and in less than two hours was able to completely come up to speed on the ShowKit SDK and integrate it with Revolve Robotics Kubi to make the app shown here. If you've every wanted to integrate video in your app, this is a must-see, and that's just one feature in the ShowKit toolkit.

Thanks to the Facebook acquisition of Parse, we're able to meet at the Facebook campus in Menlo Park. You'll recall from last November that there was an NDA required to attend. Please work with us on this. Also, Facebook security (along with many of our other hosts) asks us for a list of attendees prior to the meetup, so you can do everyone a favor and expedite checkins by registering for meetups using your full name.

Thanks and see you at Parse!

 



 

 

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  • Dirk de K.

    next time!

    July 15, 2013

  • Edward B.

    I am not local to SV, and I flew out specifically to go to this meetup since I am a fan of the Parse service. They make my life easier. I enjoyed the presentations and the hospitality shown by the personnel. The NDA signing was probably just company policy, and it was a trifling to do (much ado about nothing). This was just my second attendance, the first being about 2-3 years ago. Tim should be congratulated on an organizational job well done. His efforts are appreciated, even from a distance.

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for arranging this Tim. I really like Parse and the way they're going. I thought their presentations were concise, to the point, with a bit of Node/Express education added :)

    I'mNot too impressed with Facebook's childish need for NDAs - have gone through the whole debate in another meetup hosted there. Perhaps the way around it is to find a different venue in the future.

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meetup. Thanks parse and Facebook!

    July 15, 2013

  • Warren S.

    Just read the NDA aloud to my workmates. They laughed at it. Not going.

    Am keenly interested in Showkit; have worked with a MD pioneer in Telehealth and spent several hundred hours in researching how a Dr can remotely a remote control a medical iPad. Am probably the ideal audience. Now am not going. FB lawyer fail!

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Warren S.

      @nick, it is very easy to draw a line: a NDA which covers technology that may or may not be incorporated into a commercial product and has a signatory with company name is not - and I repeat in all caps for emphasis - IS NOT LIKE A PERSONAL RENTAL AGREEMENT. To suggest otherwise is misleading.

      Moreover, a presenter claiming, in this thread, that nothing confidential will be disclosed, does not a guarantee that some other party from suing in the future. Said party may not have read this thread, but has seen a name in a list of signatories to a NDA. Said NDA may be attached to a presentation that may be associated to some future IP that they are litigating. Discovery costs money. Interrogatives waste time. The result is that lawyers from both sides bill more time, leaving less cash for engineers. So no, I find it very easy to draw a line. The easiest solution is, as John Brewer suggests: no NDAs.

      2 · July 15, 2013

    • Nick L.

      @warren, I suggested that one might attend in his individual capacity, not as an employee or owner of a company. So there would be no company signatory in that case. But there's no point scuffling over hypothetical situations now, as the event has passed.

      As I mentioned in my original post, it is perfectly rational for you to boycott the meetup in order to express displeasure with FB's NDA policy, and I hope you had a productive evening. (I sure did!) FWIW, FB actually presented us with a different—and much more detailed—NDA when we arrived, but after I talked with them they agreed to use the simpler NDA that had been posted.

      July 15, 2013

  • Andy Le R.

    +**

    July 15, 2013

  • Terry T.

    Don't follow Apple Maps! The address will put you on Willow near Middlefield. The campus is east of that by the Bay.

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Adam

      I made the same mistake!

      July 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There are still people out there that use Apple maps?

      July 15, 2013

  • Danny S.

    Parse looks really interesting, and I'd love to attend. But I agree with others. The NDA needs to be provided up front (ie. before the meeting) and should specify exactly what we're expected to not disclose.

    1 · July 14, 2013

    • Nick L.

      Danny, it looks like Bear Douglas has said that nothing in the talks is confidential—it's intended only to apply to overheard information. I've also posted a very brief summary that describes how these undefined terms would be interpreted. Hope this helps clear things up!

      July 15, 2013

    • Danny S.

      Thanks Tim, I appreciate the link. While the NDA attempts to be friendly in the delivery, it's decidedly not in the content. As much as I'd like to go, I'm going to have to pass on this one.

      July 15, 2013

  • Nick L.

    Thanks for flagging the NDA issue, fellow commenters! Here's a little legal background regarding the broad and undefined terms used in the NDA.

    Many terms (including "confidential") are not defined in the agreement. This is actually helpful, as contracts of adhesion (no ability to negotiate) are generally construed against the drafter (California Civil Code §1654: "In cases of uncertainty ... the language of a contract should be interpreted most strongly against the party who caused the uncertainty to exist"). This means that ambiguities in the agreement would be construed against FB, and in favor of the signing party (you). So it would be harder for FB to successfully sue you under the NDA, which makes it less likely that they'd try in the first place. That said, it's still perfectly rational not to attend if you want to protest the use of hard-to-interpret NDAs—even if they're more bark than bite.

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Nick L.

      Glad to be helpful—feel free to reach out in future if you have quickie legalese questions!

      July 15, 2013

    • Danny S.

      Thanks for the info, it's good to know. But that NDA still makes it prohibitive for me to go. I don't think FB should even offer to host a public event if they're going to require this. And using "standard practice" as a justification just makes them look dumb.

      1 · July 15, 2013

  • Bob

    will there be food or should we eat first?

    July 15, 2013

    • Terry T.

      Pizza & beer

      July 15, 2013

    • Bob

      thanks Terry

      July 15, 2013

  • Alec D.

    Conflict - hope there's another chance to hear about what the acquired Parse is up to now.

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What time is the actual Talks going to start at?

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Tim B.

      Typically 7pm (see meetup notes) but we might start as late as 7:15 if people have trouble signing in.

      July 15, 2013

  • Tim B.

    Hi everyone, just to avoid confusion, I'll ask each speaker to confirm that their presentation is nonconfidential - which as Bear and I have both asserted, you can expect to be the case.

    July 15, 2013

  • Emily S.

    For those of you not coming to Facebook tonight because of the NDA or otherwise--come join the ShowKit team for drinks after! Antonio's Nut House
    321 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

    I'm guessing we'll get there between 9:30 and 10pm. And for those of you who will be at the Meetup, come for drinks too!

    2 · July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Tim @Bear, for people commuting from out of town even from SF, can you please put down the agenda in detail. I don't want to leave early and get stuck in the traffic just to attend Networking, What time is the 1st TALK STARTING?

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is Facebook going to require everyone to sign an NDA again? If so, count me out.

    June 27, 2013

    • Bear D.

      @Gregory, I'll ask about printing and signing in advance. @John, I'm really sorry you won't be joining us. As much as we'd love to waive it, the NDA is required for any visit to campus.

      July 1, 2013

    • Nick L.

      Looks like FB (Bear Douglas, in a different sub-thread) has disclaimed the possibility that "confidential"­ info would be discussed at the talk. I've also posted a very brief summary of how NDAs actually work, and why this NDA isn't such a big deal. Hope you can make it out tonight!

      July 15, 2013

  • John S.

    I am happy to sign the NDA, but only after making one small change to it. I am going to insert the word "Facebook" before the phrase "confidential information." I can't imagine anyone will have a problem with that. However, it would be helpful if each presenter specially said none of their information is confidential.

    2 · July 15, 2013

  • Jay G.

    Twitter fodder for tonight: @jamesjyu @ParseIt @facebook @ShowKitSDK @timburks #svios

    July 15, 2013

  • Ken M.

    I don't want to sign that NDA, so I won't attend.

    2 · July 15, 2013

  • Warren S.

    Is 7 when the presentations start? I missed out on the one Evernote presentation (last May) assuming that the first half hour is for settle-in. The clear description of "show up a half hour early" didn't make into the Meetup subscribed calendar. BTW, Kubi is awesome!

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Tim B.

      Talks won't start until 7 or later - but yes, please arrive by 6:30 to get settled.

      July 15, 2013

  • Kangmo K.

    i am on the waiting list but i will be there. could you add my name to the list of participants?

    July 15, 2013

  • Julian G.

    This is a large complex. Can you be more specific about which building to head for?

    July 15, 2013

    • Tim B.

      Building 18 - thanks for asking this.

      July 15, 2013

  • Dirk de K.

    Anybody driving down from San Francisco? Would love to catch a ride! Thanks

    July 15, 2013

  • James Y.

    I'll be speaking!

    2 · July 14, 2013

  • Harry N.

    See u

    July 14, 2013

  • Mark

    Just had surgery, gonna have to bow out.

    July 14, 2013

  • Tim B.

    Facebook offered to preprint badges for attendees if we provide full names and email addresses. Here's a form for that. Please add your information by the end of day (midnight) Sunday. Sorry for the inconvenience!

    https://docs.google.com/a/radtastical.com/forms/d/1H-BnLvQjeZ62Py29rz2tnzevbMaNf9dvx_r-186XDGI/viewform

    July 13, 2013

  • Brian E.

    Is there any sort of waiting list I can get on? It looks like there may be a couple people not interested in attending due to need to sign an NDA? I have no problem with that.

    July 8, 2013

  • Muhammed Safiul A.

    Hi! Guys,

    I'm an iOS developer. I'm working on iOS around 6 years. Recently, I have got my Masters in France and now I'm working as an iOS intern in San Francisco. This internship is mandatory for my Masters.

    Now, I'm looking for job. But my visa status is J-1 (internship/trainee visa). Do you know any company who is looking for iOS developer and would like to sponsor?

    July 6, 2013

  • Mark

    Cool

    July 2, 2013

  • Alex K.

    It's too bad that some of us have to skip the meetup due to that the meetup place requires us to sign one-way generic unlimited NDA for just using the place...

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Scott G.

    Do not want to sign an NDA to attend.

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Dirk de K.

    CEO of Mobtest, user testing for mobile

    1 · June 28, 2013

    • Joshua A.

      Hi Dirk. Wanted to shoot you a quick message. What's the best way?

      July 1, 2013

  • Hank L.

    check out http://getfoli.com/ipad
    Join our team if you are IOS or java developer.

    June 28, 2013

  • David N.

    Uh-oh ill be sure to get there early this time to sign the NDA

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I join this meetup through web??

    June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    IPhone dev

    June 21, 2013

  • MKC

    iOS@Parse

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    In town from the UK for WWDC, would love to be able to attend the event.

    June 15, 2013

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