Jason Hunter is the Deputy CTO at MarkLogic. He's the author of "Java Servlet Programming" (O'Reilly Media) and the creator of the JDOM open source project for Java-optimized XML manipulation. He's also an Apache Software Foundation Member and former Vice-President, and was an original contributor to Apache Tomcat. On weekends he writes iOS apps.
Many iOS applications require a server-side component: someplace to store and synchronize data, manage users, and send out push notifications. Often it's this server half of your application that you just wish someone else would take off your hands. That's what Parse.com is about. They run a hosted service targeted specifically at supporting mobile developers. It includes SDKs for iOS and Android as well as a REST interface for integration with other systems. This talk gives you a technical introduction to the Parse.com service and how to use it in your own applications.