Today we explore in a little more depth the dangers of relying on third party dependencies. Specifically, we discuss the problems that Charles has been dealing with as he prepares for the shutdown of his backend provider, StackMob. We discuss the reason for the shutdown, the problems that this has caused for Charles, and his search for a new backend provider. Charles shares the qualities that he’s looking for in a new backend service, and why he’s looking for a higher-level backend-as-a-service (“BaaS”) provider instead of something closer to the metal like Windows Azure or a “roll your own” solution. Finally, we discuss why Charles avoided iCloud for his backend, and the importance of keeping any third-party service at arm’s length.
Show Notes & Links
- Prompting for app reviews – Dan Counsell shares his thoughts on prompting customers for App Store ratings
- StackMob Joins PayPal – On December 17, 2013, StackMob announced that they were acquired by PayPal
- StackMob Announcement – On February 12, 2014, StackMob announced that they will be shutting down on May 11, 2014
- FatFractal – Charles’ new choice for a BaaS provider
- Windows Azure Mobile Services – Charles’ runner-up choice for a new back-end provider
- Matt Klosterman’s (@IfMatt) “I told you so” moment …but he said it in the nicest way possible. 🙂