In the modern era of prototyping, people can come up with several creative ideas. But not all ideas are pragmatic, some of them require a lot of time and effort. And thus are not applicable. Likewise, developers often consider the backbone of any software, the back-end to be a restricting factor. Likewise, the scantiness of proper knowledge stops a wide number of people to work on server-side programming.
Firebase is a futuristic application development platform. It is a Backend-as-a-Service. This is a real-time database that allows the user to store objects in the structure of a tree. Firebase is hosted by the cloud. Also, we can scale it horizontally and enable you to store data in real-time. It is the best approach for creating a multi-device application.
It is built around the Google interface and includes several useful features like crash reporting and authentications. Since it is a product of Google, it combines a lot of other products like Play Store, Slack, and BigQuery. Its APIs are bundled into a single Software Development Kit.
It is very uncomplicated to interchange the data to and from the database; thanks to its real-time data management ability. Thus, it makes the process of development of real-time applications very easy. Likewise, it also permits us to sync the data across all the devices. Moreover, we can also place the firebase applications in the firebase server through a fortified connection. Operating the dashboard of this platform is effortless. Besides, it provides us with several functional and applicable services.
Benefits of Using this Platform for Software Development
- The real-time nature of this platform.
- It can store a large volume of data.
- Firebase is a highly secured platform.
- At the moment, it is the best BaaS resolution.
- Similarly, it can convert an object into streams of bytes of any application state.
- Also, it doesn’t require any server infrastructure to operate applications that include data.
- Firebase significantly reduces the app development time and effort.
- Most importantly, it provides a lot of financial flexibility to the developers.
Disadvantages of Using Firebase
- Firebase first came into the market in the year 2011. It is quite new and is not as popular as other backend platforms. Hence, it faces tough competitions with platforms like Parse and Kinvey.
- Another drawback of this platform is the limited querying and indexing capabilities.
- Similarly, it prominently restricts data migration. Although, we don’t face this problem while using a migration tool. But this certainly decreases our work efficiency.
- We are well aware of the fact that firebase lets us create an app for both the androids and iOS. However, it still prioritizes the Android system. It supports varieties of Android devices for testing which is not the same for iOS. Besides, the beta support for iOS only incorporates the customary testing tools.
- The lack of map-reduce functionality is another downside of Firebase.