Socket.IO vs Back4App: What are the differences?
What is Socket.IO? Realtime application framework (Node.JS server). Socket.IO enables real-time bidirectional event-based communication. It works on every platform, browser or device, focusing equally on reliability and speed.
What is Back4App? An easy-to-use, flexible and scalable backend based on Parse Platform. It allows developers to create apps faster building the backend with no code, host with no infrastructure hassles and scale with no technical locks.
Socket.IO and Back4App can be categorized as "Realtime Backend / API" tools.
Some of the features offered by Socket.IO are:
- Real-time analytics - Push data to clients that gets represented as real-time counters, charts or logs.
- Binary streaming - Starting in 1.0, it's possible to send any blob back and forth: image, audio, video.
- Instant messaging and chat - Socket.IO's "Hello world" is a chat app in just a few lines of code.
On the other hand, Back4App provides the following key features:
- Cloud functions
- Push notifications
- User management
Socket.IO is an open source tool with 47.3K GitHub stars and 8.62K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Socket.IO's open source repository on GitHub.