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Firebase vs phpMyAdmin: What are the differences?

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Firebase and phpMyAdmin are both tools used for managing and storing data in web applications. However, there are several key differences between the two platforms.

  1. Database type: Firebase is a NoSQL cloud database that uses a document-oriented data model, while phpMyAdmin is a tool for managing relational databases, specifically MySQL. Firebase's NoSQL structure allows for more flexible and scalable data storage, while phpMyAdmin's relational database model is better suited for structured data with complex relationships.

  2. Real-time capabilities: Firebase offers real-time data synchronization, which means that any changes made to the data are immediately propagated to connected clients. This can be particularly useful for applications that require real-time updates, such as chat applications or collaborative tools. On the other hand, phpMyAdmin does not have built-in real-time capabilities and requires additional implementation to achieve similar functionality.

  3. Authentication and user management: Firebase provides built-in authentication and user management functionalities, allowing developers to easily add user registration, login, and access control to their applications. phpMyAdmin, however, does not offer these features out of the box and requires manual implementation of authentication and user management systems.

  4. Hosting and deployment: Firebase offers hosting and deployment services, allowing developers to host their web applications directly on Firebase servers with a simple deployment process. phpMyAdmin, on the other hand, is not a hosting platform and requires a separate web hosting service to deploy the web application.

  5. API and backend services: Firebase comes with a comprehensive set of backend services, including functions, cloud messaging, and cloud storage, which can be easily integrated into the application. phpMyAdmin, being a database management tool, does not provide these additional backend services and requires separate implementation for such functionalities.

  6. Pricing model: Firebase has a pay-as-you-go pricing model, where users are charged based on their usage of various Firebase services. phpMyAdmin, being an open-source tool, does not have direct costs associated with its usage. However, users still need to consider the cost of hosting and maintaining the underlying infrastructure for the MySQL database.

In summary, Firebase is a NoSQL cloud database with real-time capabilities, built-in authentication, hosting and deployment services, a comprehensive set of backend services, and a pay-as-you-go pricing model. phpMyAdmin, on the other hand, is a tool for managing MySQL databases, which requires separate implementation for features like real-time updates, authentication, hosting, and backend services, with no direct costs associated with its usage.

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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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Decisions about Firebase and phpMyAdmin
Adam Taylor

We were looking a tool that would allow us to do MySQL and PostgreSQL development/administration from a single tool. We decided on Navicat Premium because it can connect to MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and SQLite databases - and simultaneously. It's also compatible with Amazon RDS and Microsoft Azure, which we also use.

Moreover, we previously experienced the occasional freezing and crashing in MySQL Workbench. It also suffered from a poor design, with certain features being a bit difficult to find. Meanwhile, phpMyAdmin lacked schema visualization tools and seemed better suited to lightweight day to day transactions than some of the big jobs that we needed to do.

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Pros of Firebase
Pros of phpMyAdmin
  • 371
    Realtime backend made easy
  • 270
    Fast and responsive
  • 242
    Easy setup
  • 215
    Real-time
  • 191
    JSON
  • 134
    Free
  • 128
    Backed by google
  • 83
    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
    Angularfire is an amazing addition!
  • 8
    Super fast development
  • 6
    Built in user auth/oauth
  • 6
    Firebase hosting
  • 6
    Ios adaptor
  • 6
    Awesome next-gen backend
  • 4
    Speed of light
  • 4
    Very easy to use
  • 3
    Great
  • 3
    It's made development super fast
  • 3
    Brilliant for startups
  • 2
    Free hosting
  • 2
    Cloud functions
  • 2
    JS Offline and Sync suport
  • 2
    Low battery consumption
  • 2
    .net
  • 2
    The concurrent updates create a great experience
  • 2
    Push notification
  • 2
    I can quickly create static web apps with no backend
  • 2
    Great all-round functionality
  • 2
    Free authentication solution
  • 1
    Easy Reactjs integration
  • 1
    Google's support
  • 1
    Free SSL
  • 1
    CDN & cache out of the box
  • 1
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Large
  • 1
    Faster workflow
  • 1
    Serverless
  • 1
    Good Free Limits
  • 1
    Simple and easy
  • 5
    Query linter
  • 5
    Easy data access
  • 5
    User administration

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Cons of Firebase
Cons of phpMyAdmin
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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
  • 1
    Insecure

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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.

What is phpMyAdmin?

As a portable web application written primarily in PHP, it has become one of the most popular MySQL administration tools, especially for web hosting services.

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