Sunday, 14 February 2016

Forget about Parse, they say

The Parse service is shutting down.  

“Learn a lesson about being too dependent on others.”
“Don’t outsource your key technology.”
“Learn to do it yourself.”

Well, I do know how to run databases and application servers. From bare metal, right up to publishing public APIs.

And you know what, I’m not going to do that anymore. 
The same way I know how to change the brakes on my car, but I don’t. I prefer to hire someone who can tell at a glance if the tolerances are off, or if my brake pads are wearing unevenly. 

I’ll focus my energy and effort where I have expertise. 

As for the services I use to run my business .. aren’t I worried about outsourcing critical infrastructure to others?

No.

The same way I don’t try to a) generate my own electricity, b) manufacture the computers we use, or c) use my carpentry tools to build desks for my team. All critical infrastructure, but I feel good leaving them in the hands of experts — whom I will gladly pay very well to perform those services for me.

Database sizing, hardening against attacks, building a 24/7 support team to feed the server. Umm…no thanks.

Gotta choose my battles.

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