How To Choose the Best Backend Provider for your iOS App: Parse vs Stackmob vs. Appcelerator Cloud and More!

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Re: How To Choose the Best Backend Provider for your iOS App

Postby AMG » Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:56 am

sidneyallen wrote:Hi Antonio,

Nice work! I appreciate you taking the time to create this comparison and including StackMob in your post.

One thing I wanted to add for your readers. StackMob has revamped their pricing to eliminate what they call a "success tax" on developers. Rather than charge for API calls and numbers of users, they have added a Marketplace to their offering where they -- and an ecosystem of partners -- offer modules for sale that help you develop your app faster and with richer functionality. http://marketplace.stackmob.com

Pricing varies, depending on modules purchased from the Marketplace, but most functionality is free, including:

Unlimited API calls
Custom Code
Access Control Lists
Collaboration (multiple developers on the same app)
Analytics
S3 Integration
Twitter Integration
Facebook Integration
Geoqueries
Work Flow (development and production environments)


Updated with the new prices.
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Re: How To Choose the Best Backend Provider for your iOS App

Postby den » Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:48 pm

I prefer "More", all open source to have full control of code and costs.
I suggest to consider Deployd, currently exists DeploydKit framework for iOS that work with Deployd, Deployd is a promising project and I expect a lot in the future. All the source code can be found on Github.
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Re: How To Choose the Best Backend Provider for your iOS App

Postby stephenelf » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:23 pm

Hi Antonio,

awesome article, great description and examples. Congratz!!! But I also agree with jcstone, there already are a good number of players but Kii (http://developer.kii.com can be an important new player in the near future. They're doing pretty well in Asia. I've been trying the SDK (available in many platforms) since they released it in October. Although it is pretty new, provides the standard features, the implementation is really good and the documentation is quite rich. What I really like is their monetization and analytics features. I've got a lot of control that I miss in other SDK's while I only have to worry with one simple SDK.
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Re: How To Choose the Best Backend Provider for your iOS App

Postby SandeepDhull » Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:31 pm

There one new back end provider appacitive.
Check appacitive.com
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Re: How To Choose the Best Backend Provider for your iOS App

Postby scriptonian » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:52 pm

typo

StackMob stands out from the other services as being extremely flexible, and providers the following features:

should be provides
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Re: How To Choose the Best Backend Provider for your iOS App

Postby Netuddki » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:27 pm

Nice tutorial, thank you!
StackMob seems to be an interesting thing. I will look at it closer.

However, if you want to use Push in your app, the best solution is http://pushwizard.com

It is really free to unlimited devices, while StackMob market apps charge you $399 for unlimited push (https://marketplace.stackmob.com/module/push).
The Urban Airship modul wants you to pay $25 / 10k users.

Parse is limited to 1 million devices for free, and you have to pay $199 for 5 million devices.

I am a small developer, but I have several apps with 3-6 million users.
If I want to send a push to all my apps and users, I would have to pay thousands of dollars with those. I can send my messages for free with pushwizard.
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Re: How To Choose the Best Backend Provider for your iOS App

Postby zanbee » Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:01 am

If I cannot afford the price of all BaaS, should I choose Amazon Web Service & accept the fact that I will develop back-end source code?
I wonder if the cost will be cut down or not; which problems I will face.
I know this question is out-of-scope but please help.
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Re: How To Choose the Best Backend Provider for your iOS App

Postby umeshy » Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:04 pm

You can check out mobDB.net too.
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Re: How To Choose the Best Backend Provider for your iOS App

Postby thackray » Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:23 am

Hi,

I decided to use parse but have hit a brick wall.

Complex predicates do not work (can't have more than 4 or 5 OR statements in a predicate), it does not support sub-predicates and does not support joining sub-predictates into a compound predicate.

So if you need to do some complex queries PARSE falls short in my opinion.
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Re: How To Choose the Best Backend Provider for your iOS App

Postby TLewis » Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:48 pm

thackray wrote:Hi,

I decided to use parse but have hit a brick wall.

Complex predicates do not work (can't have more than 4 or 5 OR statements in a predicate), it does not support sub-predicates and does not support joining sub-predictates into a compound predicate.

So if you need to do some complex queries PARSE falls short in my opinion.


You should check out FatFractal, http://www.fatfractal.com. In my opinion, they are better than Parse, and you can do better queries as well.
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