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Heroku vs Parse: What are the differences?

Heroku: Build, deliver, monitor and scale web apps and APIs with a trail blazing developer experience. Heroku is a cloud application platform – a new way of building and deploying web apps. Heroku lets app developers spend 100% of their time on their application code, not managing servers, deployment, ongoing operations, or scaling; Parse: The complete mobile app platform. With Parse, you can add a scalable and powerful backend in minutes and launch a full-featured app in record time without ever worrying about server management. We offer push notifications, social integration, data storage, and the ability to add rich custom logic to your app’s backend with Cloud Code.

Heroku can be classified as a tool in the "Platform as a Service" category, while Parse is grouped under "Mobile Backend".

Some of the features offered by Heroku are:

  • Agile deployment for Ruby, Node.js, Clojure, Java, Python, Go and Scala.
  • Run and scale any type of app.
  • Total visibility across your entire app.

On the other hand, Parse provides the following key features:

  • Store basic data types, locations, photos
  • Update over the air
  • Data browser lets you manage, search, and update content without writing a single line of code

"Easy deployment", "Free for side projects" and "Huge time-saver" are the key factors why developers consider Heroku; whereas "Easy setup", "Free hosting" and "Well-documented" are the primary reasons why Parse is favored.

According to the StackShare community, Heroku has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1496 company stacks & 937 developers stacks; compared to Parse, which is listed in 92 company stacks and 44 developer stacks.

Decisions about Heroku and Parse

I'm transitioning to Render from heroku. The pricing scale matches my usage scale, yet it's just as easy to deploy. It's removed a lot of the devops that I don't like to deal with on setting up my own raw *nix box and makes deployment simple and easy!

Clustering I don't use clustering features at the moment but when i need to set up clustering of nodes and discoverability, render will enable that where Heroku would require that I use an external service like redis.

Restarts The restarts are annoying. I understand the reasoning, but I'd rather watch my service if its got a memory leak and work to fix it than to just assume that it has memory leaks and needs to restart.

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Pros of Heroku
Pros of Parse
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    Easy deployment
  • 460
    Free for side projects
  • 374
    Huge time-saver
  • 348
    Simple scaling
  • 261
    Low devops skills required
  • 190
    Easy setup
  • 174
    Add-ons for almost everything
  • 154
    Beginner friendly
  • 150
    Better for startups
  • 133
    Low learning curve
  • 48
    Postgres hosting
  • 41
    Easy to add collaborators
  • 30
    Faster development
  • 24
    Awesome documentation
  • 19
    Simple rollback
  • 19
    Focus on product, not deployment
  • 15
    Natural companion for rails development
  • 15
    Easy integration
  • 12
    Great customer support
  • 8
    GitHub integration
  • 6
    No-ops
  • 6
    Painless & well documented
  • 4
    I love that they make it free to launch a side project
  • 4
    Free
  • 3
    Great UI
  • 3
    Just works
  • 2
    PostgreSQL forking and following
  • 2
    MySQL extension
  • 0
    Security
  • 0
    Sec
  • 116
    Easy setup
  • 76
    Free hosting
  • 61
    Well-documented
  • 49
    Cheap
  • 46
    Use push notifications in 3 lines of code
  • 40
    Fast
  • 39
    Cloud code
  • 31
    Good for prototypes
  • 30
    Cloud modules
  • 27
    Backed by facebook
  • 7
    Parse Push
  • 7
    Cross Platform
  • 6
    Parse Core
  • 6
    Parse Analytics
  • 5
    Multiplatform
  • 5
    Quick chat and profile capabilities
  • 5
    Free Tier
  • 4
    Cloud Based
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    Backend as a service
  • 3
    Backbone Models
  • 3
    Nice security concept
  • 3
    Free
  • 3
    Geopoints
  • 2
    Local Datastore
  • 2
    Anonymous Users
  • 2
    Easy to use
  • 1
    About to Die

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Cons of Heroku
Cons of Parse
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    Super expensive
  • 6
    Not a whole lot of flexibility
  • 5
    No usable MySQL option
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    Storage
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    Low performance on free tier
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    24/7 support is $1,000 per month
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    What is Heroku?

    Heroku is a cloud application platform – a new way of building and deploying web apps. Heroku lets app developers spend 100% of their time on their application code, not managing servers, deployment, ongoing operations, or scaling.

    What is Parse?

    With Parse, you can add a scalable and powerful backend in minutes and launch a full-featured app in record time without ever worrying about server management. We offer push notifications, social integration, data storage, and the ability to add rich custom logic to your app’s backend with Cloud Code.

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