Rich technical documentation, Easy and quick set-up, In-built database, JSON storage data, No custom code, Backup upload directly to Google cloud storage… phew... There is more to the list of what Firebase has to offer to the developers. It is a tool widely used to build, improve, and grow the app. If you are a backend engineer, you probably fear the emerging Firebase popularity that eases out an ample amount of development tasks. However, don’t rush into decisions, Firebase understands the importance of backend development and assists you in the process of development. Having said that, there is always another side to the story. Firebase if not advisable for many app development scenarios. This blog shares important information about firebase services, benefits of using firebase, and also about the scenarios when you shouldn’t go for Firebase.
Firebase is Google’s power pact tool consisting of 17 individual products in a suite that helps developers build scalable applications. Firebase services help mobile app development teams around the world at all stages of the development lifecycle and improve upon the quality. It renders services and modules which a developer would have to rather build by themselves.
However, by using Firebase they can concentrate more on enhancing the app experience. Hence, the mobile application is quickly delivered with no need for reinventing the component’s wheel or creating the modules. The Firebase services include things like analytics, databases, authentication, configuration, push messages, file storage, and more.
With just a little effort, a scalable product can be launched in the market using Firebase. Coming from a Google family, the Firebase services are hosted in the cloud which means it is controlled and maintained by Google. Isn’t that great news? Well, definitely it is.
But there are times when Firebase services can fall completely wrong and are not advisable for development. This blog’s main objective is to highlight the key interesting features of Firebase and also guide developers about when should they opt for Firebase and when they shouldn’t?
Key Features of Firebase:
Firebase is a complete package of services that makes the app development process quite different from the traditional process. The traditional process involved working on both, frontend and backend development. But when you use Firebase, the backend process is almost bypassed and you deliver mainly on the client-side.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say, Firebase helps any type of app literally. There may be limitations when it comes to the platform but not with the type of app. The Firebase SDK can be used for Android and iOS, and the support is extended to the web, Flutter, C++, and Unity. Along with the SDKs, a developer gets acquainted with the FirebaseUI library, which makes the development process easier than ever before.
So are you ready to have a blast while developing your application? If yes, find out how will Firebase be useful at various stages?
Firebase takes care of the secure logins. It keeps a track and identifies the user who logged in and who logged out from the app. Without Firebase, it would have been difficult to implement the process securely and seamlessly.
Firebase provides various methods to login with Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo, and yet stores into a single account in Firebase Authentication. It is recommended strongly to use Firebase authentication to secure the data in the first place.
Real-time database & Firestore:
Cloud Firestore is highly scalable for mobile, web, and server development. The Firebase SDK added into the mobile app, allows accessing the data directly without the need of the middle component. It keeps the data in sync throughout the application irrespective of the internet connection.
You can use it alone, or together with Real-time database services. Real-time database service is responsible for updating the data in real-time. You can set up client-side SDK, and observe the changes made in the data. This feature helps a lot in maintaining the track of data as soon as it changes and displays fresh feed every time.
This feature launches a dynamic link of your app for customized user experience. It is different from the concept of “Deep-link”. Deep links worked only when the user has downloaded the app, but not that great when the user has not installed the app.
On the contrary, dynamic links give customized experience across all the platforms, if the app is installed. And if not, it redirects to an appropriate marketplace page for app installation.
The user-generated content like photos and videos is stored directly into the cloud-storage SDKs. The client SDK installed in the app allows them to upload or download the file directly from the cloud location and share it across the app.