A. What is Firebase:
Firebase is a technology that permits you to make web applications with no server-side programming so that development turns out to be quicker and easier. Firebase supports web, iOS, OS X, and Android clients. Applications using Firebase can just use and control data, without having to think about how data would be stored and synchronized across various applications in real time. There is no need to write server side code, or to deploy a complex server framework to get an app started with Firebase.
Firebase is a platform for building mobile and web application. Using firebase is very easy and it stores data in JSON format. You do not need to configure your server when you use firebase. Everything will be handled by firebase automatically. So there is no need of coding on the server side. It saves time and makes the developer more productive. Firebase is built on Google infrastructure and scales automatically, for even the largest apps.
B. What’s New in Firebase:
B.1 Integration of Firebase with Fabric:
Fabric seeks the attention of the developers with the industry-leading crash reporting tool, Crashlytics that helps themto build better apps and grow successful businesses. Crashlytics is Fabric’s analytic engine that provides insights into your core goals, such as growth, retention, and engagement. Crashlytics is planned to be the primary crash reporting product in Firebase. Crashlytics enable real-time analytics that helps you understand what’s happening in your app.
B.2 Phone Authentication in Firebase:
Phone number authentication has been the biggest request for Firebase Authentication, so the developers might get excited to know that it has been decided to introduce phone authentication in Firebase. You can now let your users sign in with their phone numbers, in addition to traditional email/password or identity providers like Google or Facebook. This gives you a comprehensive authentication solution no matter who your users are or how they like to log in.
B.3 Introducing Firebase Performance Monitoring :
Firebase Performance Monitoring is a new free tool that helps you understand when your user experience is being impacted by poorly performing code .Firebase Performance Monitoring is a service that helps you to gain insight into the performance characteristics of your iOS and Android apps. Performance Monitoring helps you to understand where and when the performance of your app can be improved so that you can use that information to fix performance issues.
C. Expanding Possibilities: Know why to use Firebase:
Some of the reasons why Firebase is largely trusted by developers are as follows:
- It is a versatile backend with a lot of good uses.
- It cut down development time and avoids messing with servers and data storage.
- It is Scalable. If you want your application to scale well, you can trust that Firebase will handle all your data without missing a single step.
- It provides cloud service, so there isn’t any setup involved.
- Data is stored as native JSON, so what you store is what you see.
- Data is reflected and backed up to multiple secure locations, so there are minimal chances of data loss.