But first a little background…
In the end I put it all to one side and just focussed on building an entirely front-end single page app (SPA) in pure Angular so that I could learn some of the principles without the clutter and confusion of working out what was doing what. Fortunately I’d chosen a little toy project that didn’t require me to build a back-end as I was building on top of Spotify’s API – mixtaper.net.
Anyway, at that time I did look into a couple of Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS) providers, including Parse, whom I see today are shutting down their service and releasing some of their code into the wild for people to use on their own servers. A shame for them – the absence of reasons in their statement I suspect means it’s down to not being able to sufficiently monetise their product. I guess the BaaS area will become commoditised pretty soon with Google, Amazon and others fighting to be the Supreme Cloud.