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Discussion on: Firebase - Short introduction for beginners

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MartinJ • Edited

Very good - thank you. I arrived here indirectly having unintentionally "bumped into" Firebase when working on another project (see "A failed attempt to use Google APIs to Manage a building's Heating System"!). I found Google's own documentation in this area very unhelpful (Google is generally quite good at telling you "what" to do but very rarely "why"). Anyway, enough registered to suggest there might be something quite useful here - a free server? - and I found your post this morning by searching for #firebase. Yes, indeed - most interesting. Perhaps you should write a book?

Question - Google is very good at starting things but then losing interest an moving on. Do you think there's a long-term future for firebase?

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Hello Martin.
I think Firebase will be supported for a long time from now by Google. Indeed, the docs are not great but ... you can Google your blocking points ot scan StackOverflow for solutions.

Thanks for stopping by! 🚀🚀

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MartinJ

I've had a bit of free time recently and thought this was a good opportunity to try Firebase out on a serious webapp. I'm more impressed than ever now!

In the past my web developments have used a mixture of front-end Javascript to handle the user-interface and back-end PHP to manage my databases. Over the years I've learnt how to tame the jungle of code that results, but have come to realise that I would never really be happy until I could ditch the PHP and launch my database commands from Javascript.

Now, with Firestore the dream has come true!!

If you'd like to see the results, check out my Gaelic-teaching webapp at bablite.web.app/ - noting that this is a development site so may not always work properly )-: Please note also that I don't really expect you to be interested in Scottish Gaelic either - just concentrate on the technology. Bablite currently runs out at less than 2K lines or so of pure, plain-vanilla Javascript - my favourite language

I'm amazed that Firebase doesn't seem to be attracting more interest. I've just been to look on Amazon to see if there's a good book on the Firestore SDK - zilch!

What am I missing?

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MartinJ

Just been reading around this whole "cloud" and "NoSQL" subject. My professional IT background is all relational d/b stuff and around 20 years old. I thought I'd done a reasonable job in keeping my hand in and have even written android apps in the past. But this cloud stuff had completely passed me by. You've really opened my eyes today! Many thanks.

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Sm0ke Author

Hello Martin,

Glad this content help you in some way. I will provide next week an open-source sample built with Firebase that covers the authentication and set up.

Until then, happy coding!
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