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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 馃憢,

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 Cloudant
Pros of Firebase
  • 12
    JSON
  • 7
    REST interface
  • 4
    Cheap
  • 3
    JavaScript support
  • 1
    Great syncing
  • 370
    Realtime backend made easy
  • 269
    Fast and responsive
  • 242
    Easy setup
  • 214
    Real-time
  • 191
    JSON
  • 134
    Free
  • 127
    Backed by google
  • 82
    Angular adaptor
  • 68
    Reliable
  • 36
    Great customer support
  • 32
    Great documentation
  • 25
    Real-time synchronization
  • 21
    Mobile friendly
  • 18
    Rapid prototyping
  • 14
    Great security
  • 12
    Automatic scaling
  • 11
    Freakingly awesome
  • 8
    Chat
  • 8
    Super fast development
  • 8
    Angularfire is an amazing addition!
  • 6
    Built in user auth/oauth
  • 6
    Awesome next-gen backend
  • 6
    Firebase hosting
  • 6
    Ios adaptor
  • 4
    Speed of light
  • 4
    Very easy to use
  • 3
    Brilliant for startups
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    Great
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    It's made development super fast
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    JS Offline and Sync suport
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    Push notification
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    Free hosting
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    Cloud functions
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    Low battery consumption
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    The concurrent updates create a great experience
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    .net
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    I can quickly create static web apps with no backend
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    Great all-round functionality
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    Free authentication solution
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    Simple and easy
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    Google's support
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    Free SSL
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    Faster workflow
  • 1
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Large
  • 1
    Easy Reactjs integration
  • 1
    Serverless
  • 1
    Good Free Limits
  • 1
    CDN &聽cache out of the box

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Cons of Cloudant
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      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 Cloudant?

    Cloudant鈥檚 distributed database as a service (DBaaS) allows developers of fast-growing web and mobile apps to focus on building and improving their products, instead of worrying about scaling and managing databases on their own.

    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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