Here Are the Alternatives to Push Notifications via Parse

Developers who relied on Parse for their applications’ push notifications won’t be left in the cold.

Developers who relied on Parse for their applications’ push notifications won’t be left in the cold.

Facebook may be pulling the plug on Parse Jan. 28, 2017, but Parse announced in a blog post that its recently announced open-source back end, Parse Server, now supports iOS and Android push notifications.

Parse also said it is introduced a tool called PushAdapter, which allows Parse Server to send out push notifications via third-party push providers.

Speaking of third-party push providers, OneSignal said in an email to SocialTimes that it released its own tool to automatically migrate push messaging data from Parse, adding that within 24 hours of the announcement of Parse’s impending shutdown, more than 100 apps signed on for its tool.

OneSignal added that usage of its service has increased 200 percent since Parse’s announcement.

Parse software engineer Mengyan Wang wrote in the blog post:

After setup, you’ll be able to send transactional push notifications based on the properties in the Installation class, just like with the hosted backend. We’ve designed the application-programming interface to conform as closely as possible to the original, including the ability to send to channels and also specific installations based on a query. If you’re migrating an existing Parse app with push, Parse Server will get you up and running quickly.

We’re also introducing PushAdapter, which lets Parse Server send push notifications using any push provider you want. PushAdapter abstracts the way pushes are sent so that you can easily connect it to any service that exposes an API for sending. If you’re interested in adding support for other providers, simply send us a pull request.

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ParsePushNotificationRequest David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.