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Getting Started With Parse

  • Aug 21, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Most people don't realize the degree of background machinery that goes into every mobile application. From managing user accounts to setting up a functioning database. Historically speaking, it is a lot of work involved in getting the backend of a mobile app up and functioning. Several services have popped up in recent years to try to address this problem and make it easier for developers to implement a robust and full-functioning backend solution. 

Parse is one such, (and probably the most widely known and used), solution created to deal with this problem. Many small and some not-so-small, companies have used Parse to get a backend system up and running quickly. At this month's CocoaHeads meeting we'll discuss and demo some of the functionality provided by Parse. We'll build a simple app that implements a backend to support it. We'll also see how Parse stacks up against Apple's recently announced CloudKit.


The meeting is held in the One West Bank building located on the corner of Walnut and Lake in Pasadena, Ca. Parking is validated for you so pull into the covered parking structure and remember to bring your parking ticket with you to the meeting.

Once you park, follow the signs for the CocoaHeads meeting.

There will be food and plenty of non-alcoholic drinks. (Although sometimes a beer or two has managed to appear.) You must RSVP so we can get an accurate headcount for food.

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  • Eunice

    Thanks for informative presentation and sharing your knowledge!

    August 25, 2014

  • Stacie

    Thank for a great presentation, Lawrence. As someone who has only worked with enterprise back-ends like Oracle and Unix servers, you opened a new world for me. Now I can build my own apps!!!

    1 · August 22, 2014

    • Lawrence L.

      You are so welcome. Keep me posted on any project(s) you create. It is so crazy easy to get up and running in no time flat. ;)

      August 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI, Parse uses MongoDB (NoSQL) as it's datastore as mentioned in one of their March blog (

    1 · August 22, 2014

    • Lawrence L.

      My bad. Thanks for following up Jay.

      August 22, 2014

  • Jim R.

    Thanks Jay -- that is very helpful to know. I believe one of MongoDB's strong points is replication -- I wonder if there is any way to set that up for databases stored in Parse. I'm going to take a close look at the Parse documentation. (BTW, I love this combination of an actual meeting and then online discussion afterwards.)

    August 22, 2014

  • Christopher B.

    1 · August 21, 2014

  • Eunice

    I'd like to attend this session but too late to RSVP.

    1 · August 21, 2014

    • Lawrence L.

      Thats ok. Show up. There are always no-shows. :)

      2 · August 21, 2014

  • Kirk

    Sounds fun!! See you there!

    1 · August 19, 2014

  • Michael G.

    I hope you were serious about all levels of expertise welcomed because I would need help just to climb up to the first beginners rung on the ladder. I had someone who was helping me to physically create an app, using the design I came up with. We were almost finished but we parted ways. I need to find someone who can help me to add a few picture that go in a specific spot. I have other idea's for apps to help transplant patients but I'm mostly hoping to watch, ask questions and learn. It is frustrating to not be able to do something unless someone helps you. It must be incredible to have enough knowledge to be able to do it yourself.

    2 · July 22, 2014

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