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Why Frontend Developers Should Learn Firebase in 2023

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Hello Devs, if you are thinking to learn Firebase but not sure whether you should go for it or not then you have come to the right place. Earlier, I have shared best Firebase courses and today I will tell you why Frontend developers, both web developers and app developer should Learn Firebase in 2023.

What are the benefits of Firebase and how it can make you a more competent frontend developer. While Firebase is around for quite some time, it really got traction in the last couple of years after the popularity of Google Cloud Platform increased, and several other Firebase services were introduced.

If you are really React.js, Angular, Vue.js, or any other front-end development framework, you will benefit from Firebase.

It provides an online, free database and several other useful services like FireStore, FireAuth, and Firebase Cloud function. Firebase is equally useful for Mobile developers as well as people using Swift, iOS, and Android to create mobile apps. They can also use Firebase services to create the backend for their application.

More often than not Frontend developers stuck if there is no API to consume, they need an API to download data, authenticate the user and make payments and if that's not available then they don't make progress.

While many companies have both frontend and backend developers which work in tandem but for POC and demo, you feel stuck when there is no backend developer and you don't know how to set up the backend. Firebase solves that problem by providing you a database and pre-built APIs, and Authentication and Payment support.

And, I can say from my experience that if you can handle CRUD, authentication, and payment then you are more or less can do POC for any application.

In this article, I am going to tell you why frontend and mobile developers should learn Firebase and how it can help them to quickly create a web application or mobile apps in 2023.

I first come to know about Firebase when I was learning Vue.js and looking for a public API to develop my application.

I end up using Github User API, which was good for loading users and showing their repositories but you don't have control over data, Firebase allows that to you.

By the way, if you are also learning Vue.js and want to use Firebase for backend then you should check out Build Web Apps with Vue JS 2 & Firebase course by Shaun Pelling, better known as The Net Ninja on Udemy and Youtube.

best course to learn Firebase for beginners

What is Firebase?

If you don't know, Firebase is an online, free service provided by Google which acts as a very feature-rich, fully-fledged back-end to both mobile and web applications.

Frontend Developers can use Firebase to store and retrieve data to and from a NoSQL database called Firestore, as well as to authenticate their app's users with the Firebase Auth service.

While Firestore, the Realtime Database is really just one big JSON object that the developers can manage in realtime. It allows you to set up the data you want for your application, while Firebase Authentication is built by the same people who created Google Sign-in, Smart Lock, and Chrome Password Manager.

Firebase also provides a service called Firebase Cloud Functions which allows you to run server-side JavaScript code in a Node.js environment, and you can also deploy all of your applications to Firebase hosting.

You can further check out the Firebase Firestore for the iOS course to learn more about Firestore and how to use it in your project.

Why Frontend Developer should learn Firebase in 2023?

10 Essential Firebase Services for Frontend Developers?

Actually, there are a lot more Firebase services than I have mentioned here and you can basically divide them into two categories like Development and Testing Services and Analytics services.

Here is a list of some of the most popular Development and Testing Firebase Services for Frontend Developers:

  • Realtime Database
  • Auth
  • Test Lab
  • Crashlytics
  • Cloud Functions
  • Firestore
  • Cloud Storage
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Crash Reporting
  • Hosting
  • Grow & Engage your audience

The best thing about Firebase is that with just a single API, the Firebase database provides your app with both the current value of the data and any updates to that data.

If you are interested in using Firebase with Angular, Vue.js, or React.js, I suggest you check out Firebase & Firestore Masterclass which will show you how to use Firebase hosting, Firebase Cloud Functions, and AngularFire with Angular 8 for full-stack development.

5 Best Firebase and Firestore Courses from Udemy & Coursera in 2023 | by  javinpaul | Javarevisited | Medium

Why Frontend Developers should learn Firebase in 2023

So now that you know the capabilities of Firebase, we can summaries why Frontend Developer should learn Firebase. here are some of the key reasons why I think both frontend and mobile app developer will benefit from learning Firebase:

1. Unblocks Frontend Development

Firebase provides a ready-made backend system that frontend developer can use to hook their GUI without waiting for the backend to be ready.

2. Faster Development

Firebase provides database, authentication, payment, and API which are an integral part of any frontend application, and with that is made readily available, your development time is significantly reduced.

Though a good knowledge of Firebase services helps here and if you are starting from scratch then the Firebase Fundamentals course by Joe Eames on Pluralsight is a great resource for beginners.

Best courses to learn Firebase and Firestore online

3. Better Code

People might argue that using Firebase means you are locked into Google Cloud Platform and you may not be able to deploy your web application or mobile app into AWS, Azure, GCP, or any other Cloud platform, but that's not true.

As long as you follow standard coding practice and separation of concern you can encapsulate interaction in the service or data layer.

In most cases, developers use Firebase on the development stage with an actual backend on production. So they design their app in such a way that switching to a different backend is easier, this approach results in a better structure.

4. Speed and Simplicity

Firebase not only provides blazing-fast data storage capabilities but also a simple API, which can be tempting if you are considering to use Firebase in Production.

That's all about why frontend developers should learn Firebase in 2023. These were just some of the most important reasons I can think of now, but there are many more. Firebase is evolving and adding more and more services so that more and more companies start using them in Production as well.

If you are learning Angular, React.js, or Vue.js then Firebase can really help you with developing projects and mastering the front-end framework of your choice.

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P. S. - If you are interested in learning Firebase and its different services like FireStore and Cloud Functions but looking for a free online training course to kickstart your journey then you may check this React + Firebase for Beginners course on Udemy. It's completely free and you just need a Udemy account to enroll in this course.

Top comments (14)

nssimeonov profile image

It provides an online, free database

No, firebase is not free. There is a free tier, but you can easily surpass that. And to me the cloud pricing is a nightmare. You have to account for multiple aspects and I bet the final bill will still be somewhat of a surprise. At least the first couple of them.

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Timotej Leginus

This is why I'll never use firebase, a backend isn't that hard to setup

nssimeonov profile image

Yep, I thought the same, but the title of the article sais "Why Frontend Developers"... so I guess there are some people who have no idea of anything else but frontend (which is ok with me), so this may be OK with them and the type of project they work on.

I wouldn't chose firebase for different reasons, but then again - there are different use cases.

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Souk Syp.

Firebase has all you need to kickstart a fullstack project for free (freemium). I always recommend it to businesses in need for a quick MVP.
Next + Firebase is my favorite combo.

javinpaul profile image

Yes, the quick MVP is what Firebase allows you to build.

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Andrew Baisden

Firebase is one of the easiest databases to learn.

javinpaul profile image

It's actually much more than a database but you are right, its quite easy to learn as well.

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Mathieu Grenier

yeah a swiss knife ;)

oniichan profile image

Is there a self hosted alternative to firebase?

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Deepankar Bhade

Supabase ;)

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Akash Chauhan

With the rapid pace of change in the tech industry, it can be difficult to predict which skills will be in demand in the future. However, there are Top 10 skills that are essential for any front-end developer.

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Akash Chauhan

With the rapid pace of change in the tech industry, it can be difficult to predict which skills will be in demand in the future ?
However, there are top 10 skills that are essential for any front-end developer.

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Mathieu Grenier • Edited

Firebase is useful for MVP or side projects, not for a enterprise-commercial projects.
Firebase give us a easy cheap and shortcut path for api/database BUT beware for later about abstraction layer! Still using FB only for small projects only with minimal usage.
Not really free while you need Cloud Function where its very usefull !

If you want to master more advanced stuff by yourself, use GCP (Google Cloud Platform). Alot more fun ;)

API and database is not really hard to create and, just learn to use Node.JS + MySQL , they are free except the webhost like DigitalOcean or Linode.

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Arvind Padmanabhan

Beginners can learn more about Firebase at a high level at
Meanwhile, I'll take a look at some of the links here.