What is Firebase?
It’s Real-time Database
Firebase which has evolved from Envolve, a startup started which offered an API to enable the integration of online chat functionality in web apps. However, within years of its operations, its founders noticed that the APIs were being used to pass application data that weren’t actually a chat message. This triggered them to start working on a real-time architecture that could power this need and thus Firebase was born. Today it has established as a holistic tool for developing and deploying mobile apps faster and scale them as per requirement. With its tools like Real-time Database, Crashlytics, Cloud Firestore, Test-lab it has established itself as a provider of smoother and agile development process. Firebase is a real-time database that you can communicate with directly from the client. The moment you save your JSON data to Firebase, these changes are immediately sent to all clients, of web and mobile, who requested them. Firebase will help you build modern applications faster than ever, with built-in static file hosting, user management, and security rules.
Firebase Notifications is a free service enabling targeted user notifications for mobile app developers. Built on Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM) and the FCM SDK, Firebase Notifications provides an option for developers seeking a flexible notification platform which requires minimal coding effort to get started, and a graphical console for sending messages. With this, you can send notifications to all supported message targets. Firebase Cloud Messaging handles the routing and delivery to targeted devices.
Instant messaging is the classic example of a real-time app. You need to know the moment a user sends you a message. The founders of Firebase got the idea for Firebase while working on their previous instant messaging startup.
Before founding Firebase, the founders worked on an startup called Envolve which was a web messaging app. They found that customers were trying to use it to power their games! Rather than sending messages, they were piggybacking off the platform to send game protocol. Firebase was designed to provide a solution so this kind of hacking wasn’t necessary.
Data on Firebase updates very quickly which makes it an excellent candidate to drive multi-player games.
Firebase would be good to build social networks where real-time updates are necessary and the schema is relatively simple. Twitter would be a good example of this.
Is Firebase free?
Yes Firebase is free with certain limits.
Firebase has three plans. Spark Plan, Flame Plan and Blaze Plan.
Spark Plan is free.
Flame plan charges $25/month.
Blaze Plan charges as per usage.
For Blaze Plan estimate you can use blaze plan calculator.
Start for free, then pay as you go.
To compare Firebase with MongoDB and AWS, just go through- Three Modern Technologies Software Stacks: Firebase vs. AWS vs. MongoDB.
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