What is firebase? This is the most trending question among beginners web and mobile application developers. So, In this post, I will give you the basic introduction to google’s firebase.
What will you learn in this post?
- What is Firebase?
- What are Its Features?
Let’s dive in all these one by one!
What is Firebase?
Basically, Firebase is a platform(Google’s product) which let you build the web and mobile application without server-side programming. Firebase provides a real-time database which allows you to store data as well as sync data among users in real-time. It also provides multiple authentication system, various APIs, hosting system, cloud messaging etc.
What are Firebase Features?
Firebase Real Time database
Firebase real time database is a cloud hosted database where data stored in JSON format. Cloud hosted means, when you update real time database by inserting a new data, that inserted data does store in the cloud and simultaneously a notification goes to all connected devices or users in no time.
Real-time database allow us to share database across various platforms such as Android, IOS, and Web Applications
It can be used offline also. Yes, you heard it right.
Whenever a user goes offline, the local cache of device used by database SDK to store data and all locally stored data synchronized automatically when the user reconnect to the internet.
When it comes to managing database, security is the primary concern which comes in every mind like you.
In short, it’s fully secure. To keep your data secure, firebase real time database provides database security rules. It allows your users to access data which belongs to them. It also provides database structure facility. By using this facility, you can structure your database as per your project requirement.
The best thing about real time database is, you can achieve all above-mentioned facility by writing few lines of code, and of course, there is no server maintenance effort as well.
Firebase Analytics collect information of activity which is performed by your users within mobile and web applications at one place. That activity could be user information, how much time your users are spending in your app, their regularity and demographics information. It provides unlimited logging for free of cost. It’s so easy to use. You just need to install firebase SDK to have this feature.
Nowadays most of the web and mobile application comes with user authentication feature to get their user identity and make applications more secure. Firebase provides so many ways of authentication for users. You can use your email id as well as social media such as Google, Facebook, Twitter etc to authenticate the applications. Firebase authentication also provides open source UI of authentication. And of course, you can make your very own custom UI.
Firebase Cloud Messaging
Firebase cloud messaging allow users to send messages very easily at no cost across the various platform. With Firebase cloud messaging you can send the message to a single user as well as a group of users.
Firebase storage is a secure feature of Firebase, which provides a facility where your application users can store their files such as images, audio, video and other contents.
Firebase Test Lab For Android
This is a cloud-based infrastructure which allows developers to test their Android application across various kind of devices and their configuration in simple steps. It shows a detail report, screenshots, videos and crashes report as a test result.
Firebase Crash reporting
This feature collects information of errors which your users are experiencing in your application and represent in the dashboard.
In the dashboard, you can monitor the performance of your application.
Firebase notification features let you send notifications to your users with no coding required. You can send notifications to a particular user as well as a group of users in no time.
Firebase App Indexing
Firebase app indexing re-engages your users by indexing your app in the Google search. If you have content associated with your app, Google index your app when users search that associated content.
Firebase Dynamic link
This is advance URLs technique which gives the best experience to users across various platforms and devices by changing own behavior dynamically.
Firebase invites allow a user to invite your apps and their aspects to people are not using your app via email, message etc.
By using this features you can let people know about your applications. You have to just setup an ad campaign and this tool will reach your app to the users who might be interested in your app.
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