Node.js and Parse


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Parse is a suite of cloud based APIs, services and libraries that focus on letting developers build out rich applications and less time dealing with the overhead of setting up and managing databases, push notifications, social sign on, analytics, and even hosting and servers.

In this series I'll overview the options around developing an application that leverages Parse, including using Cloud Code to deploy your Node.js app to Parse's own hosting service.

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Node.js and Parse

  1. 1. Parse and Cloud Code Node.pgh - 0.16 meetup
  2. 2. Nicholas McClay UX Developer @nickmcclay
  3. 3. What is ?
  4. 4. “Parse's vision is to let developers build any mobile app without dealing with servers.”
  5. 5. a suite of tools to replace or support your app’s backend Parse Data Parse Push Parse Social Parse Analytics Parse Hosting Cloud Code Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS)
  6. 6. Getting Started with Parse Acquire Keys 1. Sign Up 2. 3. Pick Your Platform
  7. 7. 1. Sign Up with Parse Sign Up App + Optional Info Intro Documentation
  8. 8. 2. Parse Account Page Acquire Keys Application Keys
  9. 9. ‘Key’ Details • Main ID (always needed) • iOS & Android Key • Windows 8 & Phone Key • Node + Client Side JS Key • REST API Key • ‘Sudo’ Key Adheres to Object Level Permissions (ACL)
  10. 10. 3. Pick Your Platform I choose you Parse API Platforms !
  11. 11. + Generate an Express App yo express Install Parse module npm install parse Run Server grunt
  12. 12. Alternative Node-Parse Modules “IMPORTANT NOTE: This api is not currently maintained. If I were starting a parse project today using node.js, I would probably start out with” npm install node-parse-api A REST API client for Node.js npm install kaiseki
  13. 13. Quick-Start Import and Initialize Parse Module 
 var Parse = require('parse').Parse;
 Parse.initialize(“Application ID", “JavaScript Key");
 Save a “TestObject” var TestObject = Parse.Object.extend("TestObject");
 var testObject = new TestObject();{foo: "bar"}, {
 success: function(object) {
 alert("yay! it worked");
  14. 14. Parse Suite Overview Pick your problem
  15. 15. Parse Data Store your app’s data in the cloud. No servers necessary.
  16. 16. Parse Data Objects Data is schema-less Automatic objectId, createAt and modifiedAt fields Objects can be extended from other objects (classes) Objects can be relational {
 objectId : "xWMyZ4YEGZ",
 score: 1337,
 playerName : "Sean Plott",
 cheatMode : false,
 createdAt : "2011-06-10T18:33:42Z",
 updatedAt : "2011-06-10T18:33:42Z"
  17. 17. Object API var Class = Parse.Object.extend("ClassName");
 var item = new Class(); item.method({params},{callbacks}){"field" : "value"}, {
 success : function(obj) {
 // Execute any logic that should take place after the object is saved.
 error : function(obj,error) {
 // Execute any logic that should take place if the save fails.
 // error is a Parse.Error with an error code and description.
  18. 18. Object Methods • save(params,callback) - save params to your object • fetch(callbacks) - refresh an object • set(field,value)/get(field) - stage params for saving to object • increment/decrement(field,value) - ++ and - - • destroy(callbacks) - delete an object • unset(field) - delete a field • add, addUnique, remove - array specific methods
  19. 19. Query API Retrieve many objects at once, put conditions on the objects you wish to retrieve, and more var GameScore = Parse.Object.extend("GameScore");
 var query = new Parse.Query(GameScore);
 query.equalTo("playerEmail", “");
 success: function(object) {
 // Successfully retrieved the object.
 error: function(error) {
 // Handle error
  20. 20. Query Methods • get(objectId,callbacks) - get one object by ID • find(callbacks) - runs query and returns results • equalTo, notEqualTo, etc - stage filters for query results • limit(num)/skip(num) - stage range for query results • ascending/descending - stage order for query results • first(callbacks) - like find, but just the first match • count(callbacks) - if you just want to know total of results
  21. 21. Object Pointers One-to-one and one-to-many relationships are modeled by saving a Parse.Object as a value in the other object (pointer). 
 var var var var Portfolio = Parse.Object.extend("Portfolio");
 item = new Portfolio();
 Comment = Parse.Object.extend("Comment");
 post = new Comment();{'message' : "this is great!"},{
 success : function() {
 Saving an Object pointer {
 } "comments": [
 "__type": "Pointer",
 "className": "Comment",
 "objectId": "YrLhRXbnfc"
 "objectId": "Z8CarHlfu2",
 "createdAt": "2013-11-05T20:06:59.130Z",
 "updatedAt": "2013-11-05T20:06:59.130Z"
 Pointer Data without being fetched By default, when fetching an object, related Parse.Objects are not fetched. These objects' values cannot be retrieved until they have been fetched
  22. 22. Object Relations Many-to-many relationships are modeled using Parse.Relation. 
 var var var var Portfolio = Parse.Object.extend("Portfolio");
 item = new Portfolio();
 Comment = Parse.Object.extend("Comment");
 post = new Comment();{'message' : "this is great!"},{
 success : function() {
 var relation = item.relation("comments");
 }); Saving an Object relation var relation = item.relation(“comments"); var query = relation.query(); query.equalTo("author", “Sam"); query.limit(10); " " query().find({
 success: function(list) {
 // list of all relation results
 }); Retrieve relation data using Query API By default, the list of objects in this relation are not downloaded. You can get a list of the posts that a user likes by using the Parse.Query returned by query.
  23. 23. Parse Data Browser
  24. 24. Lots of other Data goodness Every asynchronous method in the Parse JavaScript SDK returns a Promise Object instance and class methods A Parse.Collection is an ordered set of Parse.Objects. It is compatible with Backbone.Collection, and has all the same functionality. Parse.File lets you store application files in the cloud
  25. 25. Parse Push Creating, scheduling, and segmenting push notifications
  26. 26. Enabling Push Notifications To send notifications from the JavaScript SDK outside of Cloud Code or any of the other client SDKs, you will need to set Client Push Enabled in the Push Notifications settings of your Parse app. Flip this to get started
  27. 27. Parse Channels Allows you to use a publisher-subscriber model for sending pushes. Parse.Push.send({
 channels: [ "Giants", "Mets" ],
 data: {
 alert: "The Giants won against the Mets 2-3."
 }, {
 success: function() {
 // Push was successful
 error: function(error) {
 // Handle error
 }); The channels subscribed to by a given Installation are stored in the channels field of the Installation object. Installation Object modification not available in JavaScript SDK
  28. 28. Push Options • alert- your notification’s message • badge (iOS) - # of pending notifications on your app • sound (iOS) - play a sound file in your application bundle • content-available (iOS) - for Newsstand apps • action (android) - Intent to be executed when received • title (android)- displayed in notification tray
  29. 29. Advanced Targeting While channels are great for many applications, sometimes you need more precision when targeting the recipients of your pushes. var query = new Parse.Query(Parse.Installation);
 query.equalTo('channels', 'Pirates'); // Set our channel
 query.equalTo('scores', true);
 where: query,
 data: {
 alert: "Pirates scored against the Cardinals! It's now 3-2."
 }, {
 success: function() {
 // Push was successful
 error: function(error) {
 // Handle error
 }); Data stored in Installation Object can be used with Query API
  30. 30. Receiving Pushes… The JavaScript SDK does not currently support subscribing iOS and Android devices for pushes The JavaScript SDK does not currently support receiving pushes.
  31. 31. Push forward Scheduling Pushes and expiration dates Targeting by Platform and Relationships App Notification Dashboard
  32. 32. Parse Social Make your app social. Instantly
  33. 33. Parse User Parse.User is a subclass of Parse.Object, and has all the same features var user = new Parse.User();
 user.set("username", "Nick");
 user.set("password", "voltan123");
 user.set("email", "");
 // other fields can be set just like with Parse.Object
 user.set("phone", "XXX-XX-XXXX");
 user.signUp(null, {
 success: function(user) {
 // Hooray! Let them use the app now.
 error: function(user, error) {
 // Show the error message somewhere and let the user try again.
 }); • username - required, makes sure username is unique • password - required, stores as hidden hash • email - optional, makes sure email is unique
  34. 34. User API • signUp(params,callback) - create new User • logIn(user,pass,callbacks) - authenticate User • logOut() - sign out User • save(params,callbacks) - update User fields • User.current()- get current User from localStorage • User.requestPasswordReset(email, options)
  35. 35. Setup for Facebook Integration 1. Setup a Facebook App 2. Add Facebook JS SDK to your app 3. Add FB App ID to Parse App Settings Page 4. Replace FB.init() with Parse.FacebookUtils.init()<your app name>/edit#authentication
  36. 36. Facebook Social Sign On allow your Parse.Users to log in or sign up through Facebook. Parse.FacebookUtils.logIn("user_likes,email", {
 success: function(user) {
 if (!user.existed()) {
 // User registered through Facebook!
 } else {
 // User signed in through Facebook!
 error: function(user, error) {
 // User didn’t authorize for some reason…
 }); You may optionally provide a comma-delimited string that specifies what permissions your app requires from the Facebook user
  37. 37. Facebook SDK + Node… The Facebook JavaScript SDK does not work in Node Sign in with the Facebook Javascript SDK client side and then transfer the credentials to the server and use REST API
  38. 38. Getting more Social Security - roles and ACLs Email verification and password reset Twitter, 3rd Party Integration and Account Linking Users in Data Browser
  39. 39. Parse Analytics Track any data point in your app in real-time
  40. 40. Complimentary Analytics Developers using Parse Data are automatically instrumented
  41. 41. Custom Analytics Track free-form events, with a handful of string keys and values var dimensions = {
 priceRange: '1000-1500',
 customerType: 'renter',
 age: '22-25'
 // Send the dimensions to Parse along with the 'search' event
 Parse.Analytics.track('search', dimensions); Dimensions must be string values
  42. 42. Check your Parse module version! npm currently thinks this is the latest version root.Parse.VERSION = "js1.2.8"; Download the actual latest version manually to get Parse.Analytics Object root.Parse.VERSION = "js1.2.12";
  43. 43. Parse Hosting A powerful web presence without all the hassle.
  44. 44. Parse Cloud Code Add rich, custom logic to your app’s backend without servers.
  45. 45. Install Cloud Code curl -s | sudo /bin/bash parse new MyCloudCode Email: <enter email> Password: <enter password> 1:MyApp Select an App: <enter Parse App Number>
  46. 46. Cloud Code Project cloud - where you cloud code snippets live config - where your Parse app config lives public - where static files that will be hosted live Hosting a website with Parse is easy. Everything in the public directory will be hosted at
  47. 47. Parse Deploy cd MyCloudCode parse deploy Uploading source files Finished uploading files New release is named v1
  48. 48. Cloud Functions Cloud functions can be called from any of the client SDKs, as well as through the REST API Parse.Cloud.define("averageStars", function(request, response) {
 var query = new Parse.Query("Review");
 success: function(results) {
 var sum = 0;
 for (var i = 0; i < results.length; ++i) {
 sum += results[i].get("stars");
 response.success(sum / results.length);
 error: function() {
 response.error("movie lookup failed");
 });'averageStars', {"movie":"The Matrix"}, {
 success: function(result) {
 // returns cloud function results
 error: function(error) {
 // returns error from cloud code
  49. 49. Cloud Functions API • run(key,params,callbacks) - All • before/afterSave(class,callbacks) - All • before/afterDelete(class,callbacks) - All • useMasterKey() - Cloud Code and Node.js only • define(key,callback) - Cloud Code only • httpRequest(options) - Cloud Code only
  50. 50. Parse Express Server After you get Parse Hosting set up, you can add dynamic backend logic to your website by generating an Express application. parse generate express Creating directory /Users/nick/MyCloudCode/cloud/views Writing out sample file /Users/nick/MyCloudCode/cloud/app.js Writing out sample file /Users/nick/MyCloudCode/cloud/views/hello.ejs Almost done! Please add this line to the top of your main.js: require('cloud/app.js'); // These two lines are required to initialize Express in Cloud Code.
 var express = require('express');
 var app = express();
 // Global app configuration section
 app.set('views', 'cloud/views'); // Specify the folder to find templates
 app.set('view engine', 'ejs'); // Set the template engine
 app.use(express.bodyParser()); // Middleware for reading request body
 // This is an example of hooking up a request handler with a specific request
 // path and HTTP verb using the Express routing API.
 app.get('/hello', function(req, res) {
 res.render('hello', { message: 'Congrats, you just set up your app!' });
 // Attach the Express app to Cloud Code.
  51. 51. Cloud Modules Cloud Code supports breaking up JavaScript code into modules. cloud/name.js var coolNames = ['Ralph', 'Skippy', 'Chip', 'Ned', 'Scooter'];
 exports.isACoolName = function(name) {
 return coolNames.indexOf(name) !== -1;
 } cloud/main.js var name = require('cloud/name.js');
 name.isACoolName('Fred'); // returns false
 name.isACoolName('Skippy'); // returns true;
 name.coolNames; // undefined. Pre-installed Cloud Modules var Crowdflower = require('crowdflower');
  52. 52. Cloud Code limitations… Doesn’t support npm Can’t test locally Can’t debug…
  53. 53. Parse Pricing Pricing that scales with your needs.
  54. 54. Getting More Help Official Parse Tutorials JavaScript Guide Documentation JavaScript SDK Documentation
  55. 55. Thanks! @nickmcclay