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ParseResource makes it easy to interact with's REST API. It adheres to the ActiveRecord pattern. ParceResource is fully ActiveModel compliant, meaning you can use validations, callbacks, and Rails forms.

Ruby/Rails developers should feel right at home.

Words of caution

ParseResource is brand new and has no test coverage. You read that right. I figured I'd ship now and write tests later. We'll see how it goes.

This is also my first gem. Be afraid.


Include in your Gemfile:

gem "parse_resource"

Or just gem install:

gem install parse_resource

Create an account at Then create an application and copy the app_id and master_key into a file called parse_resource.yml. If you're using a Rails app, place this file in the config folder.

  app_id: 1234567890
  master_key: abcdefgh

  app_id: 1234567890
  master_key: abcdefgh

  app_id: 1234567890
  master_key: abcdefgh

You can create separate Parse databases if you want. If not, include the same info for each environment.

If you're using a Rack app, in an initializer, include the following:


In a later version, I'll include support for non-Rails/Rack apps.


Create a model:

class Post < ParseResource
  fields :title, :author, :body

  validates_presence_of :title

Creating, updating, and deleting:

>  p =
 => #<Post:0xab74864 @attributes={}, @unsaved_attributes={}> 
> p.valid?
 => false 
> p.errors
 => #<ActiveModel::Errors:0xab71998 @base=#<Post:0xab74864 @attributes={}, @unsaved_attributes={}, @validation_context=nil, @errors=#<ActiveModel::Errors:0xab71998 ...>>, @messages={:title=>["can't be blank"]}> 
> p.title = "Introducing ParseResource"
 => "Introducing ParseResource" 
> p.valid?
 => true 
> = "Alan deLevie"
 => "Alan deLevie" 
> p.body = "Ipso Lorem"
 => "Ipso Lorem" 
 => #<Post:0xab74864 @attributes={:title=>"Introducing ParseResource", :author=>"Alan deLevie", :body=>"Ipso Lorem", :createdAt=>"2011-09-19T01:32:04.973Z", :objectId=>"QARfXUILgY"}, @unsaved_attributes={}, @validation_context=nil, @errors=#<ActiveModel::Errors:0xab71998 @base=#<Post:0xab74864 ...>, @messages={}>> 
 => "QARfXUILgY" 
> p.updated_at
 => nil 
> p.created_at
 => "2011-09-19T01:32:04.973Z" 
> p.title = "[Update] Introducing ParseResource"
 => "[Update] Introducing ParseResource" 
 => #<Post:0xab74864 @attributes={:title=>"[Update] Introducing ParseResource", :author=>"Alan deLevie", :body=>"Ipso Lorem", :createdAt=>"2011-09-19T01:32:04.973Z", :objectId=>"QARfXUILgY", :updatedAt=>"2011-09-19T01:32:37.930Z", "title"=>"[Update] Introducing ParseResource"}, @unsaved_attributes={}, @validation_context=nil, @errors=#<ActiveModel::Errors:0xab71998 @base=#<Post:0xab74864 ...>, @messages={}>> 
> p.updated_at
 => "2011-09-19T01:32:37.930Z" 
> p.destroy
 => nil 
> p.title
 => nil 


> a = Post.create(:title => "foo", :author => "bar", :body => "ipso")
 => #<Post:0xa6eee34 @attributes={:title=>"foo", :author=>"bar", :body=>"ipso", :createdAt=>"2011-09-19T01:36:42.833Z", :objectId=>"dPjKwaqQUv"}, @unsaved_attributes={}, @validation_context=nil, @errors=#<ActiveModel::Errors:0xa6ee54c @base=#<Post:0xa6eee34 ...>, @messages={}>> 
> b = Post.create(:title => "a newer post", :author => "bar", :body => "some newer content")
 => #<Post:0xa6b5e68 @attributes={:title=>"a newer post", :author=>"bar", :body=>"some newer content", :createdAt=>"2011-09-19T01:37:16.805Z", :objectId=>"ZripqKvunV"}, @unsaved_attributes={}, @validation_context=nil, @errors=#<ActiveModel::Errors:0xa6b5710 @base=#<Post:0xa6b5e68 ...>, @messages={}>> 
> posts = Post.where(:author => "bar")
 => [#<Post:0xa67b830 @attributes={:body=>"ipso", :author=>"bar", :title=>"foo", :updatedAt=>"2011-09-19T01:36:42.834Z", :createdAt=>"2011-09-19T01:36:42.834Z", :objectId=>"dPjKwaqQUv"}, @unsaved_attributes={:body=>"ipso", :author=>"bar", :title=>"foo", :updatedAt=>"2011-09-19T01:36:42.834Z", :createdAt=>"2011-09-19T01:36:42.834Z", :objectId=>"dPjKwaqQUv"}>, #<Post:0xa67b088 @attributes={:body=>"some newer content", :author=>"bar", :title=>"a newer post", :updatedAt=>"2011-09-19T01:37:16.805Z", :createdAt=>"2011-09-19T01:37:16.805Z", :objectId=>"ZripqKvunV"}, @unsaved_attributes={:body=>"some newer content", :author=>"bar", :title=>"a newer post", :updatedAt=>"2011-09-19T01:37:16.805Z", :createdAt=>"2011-09-19T01:37:16.805Z", :objectId=>"ZripqKvunV"}>] 
> p = Post.first
 => #<Post:0xa640dd4 @attributes={:body=>"ipso", :author=>"bar", :title=>"foo", :updatedAt=>"2011-09-19T01:36:42.834Z", :createdAt=>"2011-09-19T01:36:42.834Z", :objectId=>"dPjKwaqQUv"}, @unsaved_attributes={:body=>"ipso", :author=>"bar", :title=>"foo", :updatedAt=>"2011-09-19T01:36:42.834Z", :createdAt=>"2011-09-19T01:36:42.834Z", :objectId=>"dPjKwaqQUv"}> 
> posts = Post.all
 => [#<Post:0xa6236a8 @attributes={:body=>"ipso", :author=>"bar", :title=>"foo", :updatedAt=>"2011-09-19T01:36:42.834Z", :createdAt=>"2011-09-19T01:36:42.834Z", :objectId=>"dPjKwaqQUv"}, @unsaved_attributes={:body=>"ipso", :author=>"bar", :title=>"foo", :updatedAt=>"2011-09-19T01:36:42.834Z", :createdAt=>"2011-09-19T01:36:42.834Z", :objectId=>"dPjKwaqQUv"}>, #<Post:0xa6226cc @attributes={:body=>"some newer content", :author=>"bar", :title=>"a newer post", :updatedAt=>"2011-09-19T01:37:16.805Z", :createdAt=>"2011-09-19T01:37:16.805Z", :objectId=>"ZripqKvunV"}, @unsaved_attributes={:body=>"some newer content", :author=>"bar", :title=>"a newer post", :updatedAt=>"2011-09-19T01:37:16.805Z", :createdAt=>"2011-09-19T01:37:16.805Z", :objectId=>"ZripqKvunV"}>] 

Contributing to ParseResource

  • Check out the latest master to make sure the feature hasn't been implemented or the bug hasn't been fixed yet
  • Check out the issue tracker to make sure someone already hasn't requested it and/or contributed it
  • Fork the project
  • Start a feature/bugfix branch
  • Commit and push until you are happy with your contribution
  • Make sure to add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally. (A little hypocritical since I haven't written tests yet)
  • Please try not to mess with the Rakefile, version, or history. If you want to have your own version, or is otherwise necessary, that is fine, but please isolate to its own commit so I can cherry-pick around it.


Copyright (c) 2011 Alan deLevie. See LICENSE.txt for further details.

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