Backendless vs Firebase

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Backendless vs Firebase: What are the differences?

Developers describe Backendless as "A mobile Backend as a Service (mBaaS) platform". It is a development and runtime platform which simplifies and shortens mobile application development process. The platform removes the need to develop backend functionality by providing reusable server-side services via APIs. The APIs are packaged into native libraries available for all major client-side environments - Andoid, iOS, JavaScript, .NET, ActionScript and REST. The default backend logic can be modified with custom server-side code. The platform is available as an online service and a downloadable Enterprise product which can be deployed in any environment. On the other hand, Firebase is detailed as "The Realtime App Platform". Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.

Backendless and Firebase can be categorized as "Realtime Backend / API" tools.

Some of the features offered by Backendless are:

  • Provides intuitive APIs for handling user registration, login and session management
  • Supports object persistence with complex hierarchies
  • Delivers push notifications to iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices

On the other hand, Firebase provides the following key features:

  • Add the Firebase library to your app and get access to a shared data structure. Any changes made to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.
  • Firebase apps can be written entirely with client-side code, update in real-time out-of-the-box, interoperate well with existing services, scale automatically, and provide strong data security.
  • Data Accessibility- Data is stored as JSON in Firebase. Every piece of data has its own URL which can be used in Firebase's client libraries and as a REST endpoint. These URLs can also be entered into a browser to view the data and watch it update in real-time.
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We are starting to work on a web-based platform aiming to connect artists (clients) and professional freelancers (service providers). In-app, timeline-based, real-time communication between users (& storing it), file transfers, and push notifications are essential core features. We are considering using Node.js, ExpressJS, React, MongoDB stack with Socket.IO & Apollo, or maybe using Real-Time Database and functionalities of Firebase.

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Timothy Malstead
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I would recommend looking hard into Firebase for this project, especially if you do not have dedicated full-stack or backend members on your team.

The real time database, as you mentioned, is a great option, but I would also look into Firestore. Similar to RTDB, it adds more functions and some cool methods as well. Also, another great thing about Firebase is you have easy access to storage and dead simple auth as well.

Node.js Express MongoDB Socket.IO and Apollo are great technologies as well, and may be the better option if you do not wish to cede as much control to third parties in your application.

Overall, I say if you wish to focus more time developing your React application instead of other parts of your stack, Firebase is a great way to do that.

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Hello Noam 👋,

I suggest taking a look at Ably, it has all the realtime features you need and the platform is designed to guarantee critical functionality at scale.

Here is an in depth comparison between Ably and Firebase

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Hey Noam,

I would recommend you to take a look into 8base. It has features you've requested, also relation database and GraphQL API which will help you to develop rapidly.

Thanks, Ilya

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Pros of Backendless
Pros of Firebase
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    • 369
      Realtime backend made easy
    • 268
      Fast and responsive
    • 240
      Easy setup
    • 213
      Real-time
    • 188
      JSON
    • 133
      Free
    • 126
      Backed by google
    • 82
      Angular adaptor
    • 67
      Reliable
    • 35
      Great customer support
    • 31
      Great documentation
    • 25
      Real-time synchronization
    • 21
      Mobile friendly
    • 18
      Rapid prototyping
    • 14
      Great security
    • 12
      Automatic scaling
    • 11
      Freakingly awesome
    • 8
      Angularfire is an amazing addition!
    • 8
      Super fast development
    • 8
      Chat
    • 6
      Firebase hosting
    • 6
      Built in user auth/oauth
    • 6
      Awesome next-gen backend
    • 6
      Ios adaptor
    • 4
      Very easy to use
    • 4
      Speed of light
    • 3
      Great
    • 3
      It's made development super fast
    • 3
      Brilliant for startups
    • 2
      .net
    • 2
      JS Offline and Sync suport
    • 2
      Low battery consumption
    • 2
      Push notification
    • 2
      Free hosting
    • 2
      Cloud functions
    • 2
      The concurrent updates create a great experience
    • 2
      I can quickly create static web apps with no backend
    • 2
      Great all-round functionality
    • 2
      Free authentication solution
    • 1
      CDN & cache out of the box
    • 1
      Google's support
    • 1
      Simple and easy
    • 1
      Faster workflow
    • 1
      Free SSL
    • 1
      Easy Reactjs integration
    • 1
      Easy to use
    • 1
      Large
    • 1
      Serverless
    • 1
      Good Free Limits

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    Cons of Backendless
    Cons of Firebase
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      • 31
        Can become expensive
      • 16
        No open source, you depend on external company
      • 15
        Scalability is not infinite
      • 9
        Not Flexible Enough
      • 7
        Cant filter queries
      • 3
        Very unstable server
      • 3
        No Relational Data
      • 2
        Too many errors
      • 2
        No offline sync

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      What is Backendless?

      It is a development and runtime platform which simplifies and shortens mobile application development process. The platform removes the need to develop backend functionality by providing reusable server-side services via APIs. The APIs are packaged into native libraries available for all major client-side environments - Andoid, iOS, JavaScript, .NET, ActionScript and REST. The default backend logic can be modified with custom server-side code. The platform is available as an online service and a downloadable Enterprise product which can be deployed in any environment.

      What is Firebase?

      Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.

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