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Use parse.com as database for Ruby on Rails app to access it via iOS and Android app too

Hello guys, first of all. I really appreciate your work and your way of teaching. I am a programming beginner and it is easy for me to follow your instructions. I am really into Ruby on Rails and plan to set up a social network like page via Ruby on Rails by following your tutorials. But I want to create a native mobile app for accessing to my social network too. (how does FB and twitter do that? via webview or stand alone app that directly get the data from the database?) As I read through the iOS tuts, I was introduced into parse.com so i thought it would be nice to store all the data directly at parse.com to access it with my native Apps too. As I am a beginner in programming I would really appreciate your help for this. Maybe make another RoR tutorial which specifies implementing parse.com into your existing rails app? For the record:

  • I want to create a social network via RoR
  • store the data at parse.com
  • write a mobile app that gets the data from parse.com (should I use WebView for this?)

Maybe you have a complete different solution for my request, but I am really into that Cloud thingy that is accessible via all platforms and can be expanded to my needs.

Treehouse won't do anything like this because they like all of their courses super simple without anything that challenges you. Because of this, they won't approach any interesting concepts like the one you just mentioned.

1 Answer

Jason Seifer
Jason Seifer
Treehouse Guest Teacher

Hey Kelvin Liebertz you probably wouldn't be using a ton of Rails stuff for this. Parse would take the place of ActiveRecord. You could look in to something like ParseModel for RubyMotion apps or Parse Resource for more regular models in a Rails app. We don't have any immediate plans to cover parse in any videos, though. Sorry about that!