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.
Pros of Backendless
Pros of Firebase
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    • 356
      Realtime backend made easy
    • 260
      Fast and responsive
    • 231
      Easy setup
    • 205
      Real-time
    • 184
      JSON
    • 125
      Free
    • 119
      Backed by google
    • 80
      Angular adaptor
    • 62
      Reliable
    • 36
      Great customer support
    • 25
      Great documentation
    • 21
      Real-time synchronization
    • 18
      Mobile friendly
    • 17
      Rapid prototyping
    • 12
      Great security
    • 10
      Automatic scaling
    • 9
      Freakingly awesome
    • 8
      Angularfire is an amazing addition!
    • 8
      Chat
    • 8
      Super fast development
    • 6
      Ios adaptor
    • 5
      Awesome next-gen backend
    • 5
      Firebase hosting
    • 4
      Very easy to use
    • 4
      Built in user auth/oauth
    • 3
      It's made development super fast
    • 3
      Great
    • 3
      Brilliant for startups
    • 2
      Speed of light
    • 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
      Low battery consumption
    • 1
      JS Offline and Sync suport
    • 1
      Easy Reactjs integration
    • 1
      Easy to use
    • 1
      Push notification
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      Large
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      .net
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      Faster workflow
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      Good Free Limits
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      Serverless

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    Cons of Backendless
    Cons of Firebase
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      • 25
        Can become expensive
      • 14
        No open source, you depend on external company
      • 14
        Scalability is not infinite
      • 9
        Not Flexible Enough
      • 5
        Cant filter queries
      • 3
        Very unstable server
      • 2
        Too many errors
      • 2
        No Relational Data

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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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