NodeJS, Parse-server, express basic tutorial to write and read data from a html page. Where can I find one?

Hello all,
    I am having trouble finding an absolute, bare bones from scratch tutorial. I have written an app in node JS that writes directly to and reads from MongoDB, I made a reverse proxy that is written in nodejs  that points my domain subfolders to different ports for parse-server and parse dash (eg: site.com/parse, site.com/dash).

I see tutorials on the parse wiki and things of that nature, but they just do a section at a time, and do not seem to tie things together in a way that makes sense to me. Is there any sort of step by step tutorial that anyone knows of that starts with the basics, just as, you make a file called something.js, you put require =("parse") or whatever it needs,  it creates the server port, then shows how to use an html page to write data to parse, and then read it back to the page. I am not sure why I can not grasp how parse works vs just simply writing to mongo, but the rest of my pals who are working on a project that I am trying to help on are all using it and I just can not find a tutorial that explains exactly why you would want / need parse over just writing to mongodb directly as I had before. I would like to know, but can not find good enough explanations, even in their official documentation, it just is not "clicking" for me. Even just a single application that uses node, parse, express, and has a form that writes and reads something like a user registration form, or just simple form data and then displays it would make all the difference.

If anyone knows a full on tutorial I can look at, I would greatly appreciate it!

Thanks,
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Julian HansenConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I am assuming you have seen the Tutorial videos on the Parse-sever website that use the following example on GitHub

https://github.com/ParsePlatform/parse-server-example
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Julian HansenConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I found the following to be quite useful

https://zellwk.com/blog/crud-express-mongodb/

It goes through the process of setting up node, installing the various dependencies as well as installing and writing to MongoDB.

It uses the body-parser to parse form data - I changed that to multer because I need to accept files as well but if you are not doing multipart form data you can stick to body-parser.
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MostHatedIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
I actually used that exact same one to learn to write to mongodb, it is a very good tutorial, the only issue is it is not using "parse-server" which is something that ends up interacting with  and from what I can tell managing mongodb on its own, that is where I am having the issue. I can not find much about how to properly setup a new app from scratch to use parse-server. They have examples, but I could really use that like the one you linked above that specifically relates to it.
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MostHatedIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Edit, I take back everything I said below, this seems to be perfect! You said there is a video somewhere that explains it?

The only videos I have seen were ones that just explain how parse is now free, and why its great, and things of that nature, and I seem to only find things about "migrating your current app to parse" or "how to setup parse server" and things of that nature. I have it installed, (http://syntaxlabs.io/parse and http://syntaxlabs.io/dash) but am looking for a quick and easy useage guide compared to writing things directly to mongo outside of parse.  I am hoping to come across something along the lines of "ok, here is how you install parse, this is how you initialize it in your app, this is how you make a web form that can write data to it by using this, this and this,, and then here is how you display it". Something very basic, so I can just see how it all works. I see the parse examples and what not, but they keep wanting you to use Heroku, or other hosted things and what not. I do not want / need any of that.
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Julian HansenCommented:
The videos on the link below - I went through them - gave a good overview and some useful information

http://blog.parse.com/learn/parse-server-video-series-april-2016/
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