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Parse Update, Faster Windows Desktop & UWP Guide

Support for 3rd party Parse servers & easier Windows targeting
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Parse Update, Faster Windows Desktop & UWP Guide

Chidiebere Okwudire of SMash ICT Solutions just released version 3.0 of the parse4cn1 library. The biggest feature of which is support for the open source Parse server which should work with some of the parse alternatives that popped up to fill the void left by Facebook.

This is great news. In a way I’m more optimistic about the future of Parse than most other MBaaS (mobile backend as a service) solutions (e.g. Firebase). Now we have competition and options within the Parse space which aren’t as common for other MBaaS solutions.

Having worked with Parse4cn1 in the past I’m pretty excited about this update.

I hope to have a blog post in the near future detailing the migration to new parse servers and working with the API in the post Facebook era.

New Windows Servers & UWP Docs

One somewhat undocumented pleasant result of the new UWP (Universal Windows Platform) support is the fact that we needed new Windows based build servers to provide support for UWP. As part of that need we now have better (faster and more reliable) servers for Windows desktop builds which should hopefully spend less time in the building queue.

While we are on the subject of the UWP support Steve is working on making this target more seamless. There are still some issues in the current version when targeting phones and we will probably need to do some work to get this to the smoothness enjoyed by other platforms. We will also need to release a new plugin as the settings for UWP builds have become far more challenging.

This level of complexity justified a new developer guide section dedicated to UWP, this is still under active development but you can follow it on our website here or in the wiki that hosts the entire developer guide (which you can help us write/edit !).

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Posted by Shai Almog

Shai is the co-founder of Codename One. He's been a professional programmer for over 25 years. During that time he has worked with dozens of companies including Sun Microsystems.
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