Facebook’s Parse Pushes New App Development Tools

Facebook's Parse Pushes New App Development Tools This week, Facebook-owned software development platform Parse introduced an assortment of new products aimed at simplifying the process of building and maintaining mobile apps.

First up, Custom Analytics.

“Over the last few months, we’ve been busy working on ways to let you see a little more closely into the workings of your app and the overall Parse experience,” says Ashley Smith, Product Marketing Manager at Facebook and Director of Marketing at Parse.

We’re proud to announce the next logical progression in this series of analytics-centric features: Custom Analytics. In addition to being able to slice and dice the details of your use of Parse Data and Parse Push, you can now track arbitrary events with an arbitrary set of dimensions.

Additionally, there’s Background Jobs.

Users can easily schedule recurring tasks like sending engagement emails, updating data, and long running computation at any time interval via the dashboard with the newly launched Background Jobs.

Parse also announced Unity SDK.

“Unity is a cross-platform game engine with a built-in IDE developed by Unity Technologies,” Smith says. “Used to develop video games for web plugins, desktop platforms, consoles and mobile devices, it is utilized by over two million developers. Today, we’re announcing the availability of our Unity SDK. If you’ve used any of our .NET-based SDKs, this one will be a quick learn as well.”

Lastly, there are two new cloud modules for images and users.

“Parse is all about making life easier for developers. With that in mind,” Smith says, “we’ve been hard at work adding new Cloud Modules to take care of some of the most common tasks users want to perform in Cloud Code. Today, we’re launching two new modules: the Parse Image Cloud Module, and the Parse User Session Module.”

To learn more about the full scope of tools unleashed by Parse today, click here.