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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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Firebase

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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      Realtime backend made easy
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      Fast and responsive
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      Easy setup
    • 207
      Real-time
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      JSON
    • 127
      Free
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      Backed by google
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      Angular adaptor
    • 63
      Reliable
    • 36
      Great customer support
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      Great documentation
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      Real-time synchronization
    • 20
      Mobile friendly
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      Rapid prototyping
    • 12
      Great security
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      Automatic scaling
    • 10
      Freakingly awesome
    • 8
      Chat
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      Angularfire is an amazing addition!
    • 8
      Super fast development
    • 6
      Awesome next-gen backend
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      Ios adaptor
    • 5
      Built in user auth/oauth
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      Firebase hosting
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      Speed of light
    • 4
      Very easy to use
    • 3
      It's made development super fast
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      Great
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      Brilliant for startups
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      Great all-round functionality
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      Low battery consumption
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      I can quickly create static web apps with no backend
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      The concurrent updates create a great experience
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      JS Offline and Sync suport
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      Faster workflow
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      Large
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      Free SSL
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      Good Free Limits
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      Easy to use
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        Can become expensive
      • 15
        Scalability is not infinite
      • 14
        No open source, you depend on external company
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        Not Flexible Enough
      • 5
        Cant filter queries
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        Very unstable server
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        Too many errors
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        No Relational Data

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      What is Cloudflare Workers?

      Build serverless applications on Cloudflare's global cloud network of 165 data centers. It provides a lightweight JavaScript execution environment that allows developers to augment existing applications or create entirely new ones without configuring or maintaining infrastructure.

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      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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