Does anyone have experience with Parse.com or Buddy.com, esp. in combination with the Xamarin tools? Haven't been able to play with them yet. I'm wondering how they relate to building your own back end with WCF or ServiceStack.Net...?
I've also written my own custom asp.net MVC backends exposing rest endpoints (MVC Web Api) and which then integrate to authentication, authorisation, storage, mail, push notifications etc... but I can see the real attraction of these backend platforms like Parse and Buddy as without them a mobile developer needs mobile skills and backend skills and also support all the backend infrastructure themselves as well. I was in the process of writing a multi-tenanted CMS Web type solution myself with asp.net MVC and Web API on Azure so that I have more control over the backend (with a web front end and mobile endpoints) and that hooks into Twilio, SendGrid and UrbanAirship and other services which I can then use as a starting point option for future client projects but there are so many options now available with these other backends.
I'd be interested in other people's experiences and what other people are using on the server side.
I just gave a talk on what I do serverside - http://slodge.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/azure-to-wpmonodroidmonotouch-video-of.html - mainly I write my own WebApi MVC code and host it in Azure Websites
But my current intention is to give Azure Mobile Services a go - and I just did an experiment with that too - so far so good...
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