Friday, May 3, 2019

MongoDB Acquires Realm

Eliot Horowitz (Hacker News):

The best thing in the world is when someone just gets you, and you get them, because when you share a vision of the world like that, you can do incredible things together. That’s exactly the case with MongoDB and Realm, so I’m very happy to report that MongoDB has just entered into an agreement to acquire Realm.


Realm and MongoDB are a natural fit because we share a vision that when developers can interact naturally with data, they are happier and more productive, and because our products are complementary. We’re excited to get to work crafting our shared roadmap and will be ready to announce concrete details at our annual global conference, MongoDB World, held June 17-19 in New York City.

One key principle guiding that process is simple: we will not introduce backwards breaking changes.

Marcin Krzyzanowski:

“Both MongoDB and Realm are committed to supporting our customers on their current solution, and nothing will change right now.”

“Parse has agreed to be acquired by Facebook. Rest assured, Parse is not going away. It’s going to get better.”


Update (2019-05-10): Drew McCormack:

Realm did a great job marketing themselves — their talk series was great — but I think they took their eyes off the ball. The core product was secondary. Sync was added very, very late, in a world where it is absolutely essential.

But even worse, and this applies to both Parse and Realm, these services didn't offer a very attractive proposition to developers. They locked you in to their API, and their server — you had to bet your whole company on a shaky startup.

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