Why you should use Firebase?

What is Firebase?
The Firebase Real-time Database is a cloud-hosted database. Data is stored as JSON and synchronized in real-time to every connected client. When you build cross-platform apps with our iOS, Android, and JavaScript SDKs, all of your clients share one Realtime Database instance and automatically receive updates with the newest data. Firebase started out as a Backend-as-a-Service? (BaaS) and grew into a next-generation app-development platform on Google Cloud Platform. Firebase frees you to focus on crafting amazing user experiences. You don’t need to manage servers anymore. You don’t need to write APIs anymore. Firebase can be your server, your API and your data store, all written so generically that you can modify it to suit most of your needs. Firebase allows you to develop the whole application on the front-end without any server-side code. But, it does let you set up some server-side logic via Firebase Functions if you need to react to some events like the creation of data or files, login, https requests, etc., you can send push notifications or emails or process the data after it is written. Also, you’ll occasionally need to use certain bits of the Google Cloud for your advanced applications. Firebase won’t be everything to everybody, although it gets quite close. On the other hand, there’s a lot it doesn’t do. You need to think about Firebase in the context of your application’s architecture.


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
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
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.

Social Networks
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.

Final Words-

If you’re interested in migrating to the cloud, then we’re more than happy to help you get started. Solace is there to help you for cloud platform. We believe in benefits of using Firebase. You can hire firebase developers of Solace team for an effective development. We will provide the means to bring your company the success it deserves. Contact us for using Firebase in development.

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