Firebase vs PubNub vs Socket.IO

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I am building an IoT application that will utilize connected air quality sensors to provide real-time indoor air quality in offices. I want to be able to share this data with a few different databases, etc.

Wondering if anyone has any advice on which real-time streaming API would be best for this sort of application, or even how I should think about it?

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Ben Gamble
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For IoT, we support MQTT along with websockets and SSE. The pattern you're suggesting that involves harvesting data from devices and soaking into a database is easy to achieve with one of the Ably integrations (Serverless functions/webhook) . Here are some tutorials to do things like this: https://ably.com/tutorials/reactor-event-zapier#step2-mqtt-ably

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Philip Rossen
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We use Pusher at www.justlearn.com. It works fine. When you reach more users, Pusher gets expensive. We use Pusher for live chat between users. Their software is easy to use. We have had issues with auth on Pusher.

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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, PubNub, and Socket.IO
Jack Heaton

The start-up guides, tutorials and documentation in general for Firebase are pretty outstanding.

There is 1GB database storage for the free tier as compared to Supabase's 500MB. Not that I think there is anything wrong with Supabase, I intend to try it out someday.

Also if you are doing any sort of personal front-end project, even using a free cluster from MongoDB can be a lot of work and setup, with Firebase (specifically Fire store and Google Authenticator) the implementation of BaaS is quite easy to get up and running.

It's pretty easy to understand the Fires store security rules as well, and if you ever have a hard time trying to figure something out, there is good community support and YouTube tutorials for most topics.

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    Realtime backend made easy
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    Fast and responsive
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    Easy setup
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    Real-time
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    JSON
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    Free
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    Backed by google
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    Angular adaptor
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    Reliable
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    Great customer support
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    Great documentation
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    Real-time synchronization
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    Mobile friendly
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    Rapid prototyping
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    Great security
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    Automatic scaling
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    Freakingly awesome
  • 8
    Chat
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    Angularfire is an amazing addition!
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    Super fast development
  • 6
    Firebase hosting
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    Awesome next-gen backend
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    Ios adaptor
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    Built in user auth/oauth
  • 4
    Speed of light
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    Very easy to use
  • 3
    Great
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    Brilliant for startups
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    It's made development super fast
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    Push notification
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    Free hosting
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    Free authentication solution
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    Cloud functions
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    JS Offline and Sync suport
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    Low battery consumption
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    The concurrent updates create a great experience
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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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    Easy to use
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    Easy Reactjs integration
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    Free SSL
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    Faster workflow
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    Google's support
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    Simple and easy
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    CDN & cache out of the box
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    Large
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    .net
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    Serverless
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    Good Free Limits
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    Massively scalable & easy to use
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    Easy setup
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    Reliable
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    Great support
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    Flexible to integrate to custom applications
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    99.999% availability guarantees
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    Sockets at Scale
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    High-Performance
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    Multiplexing
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    70+ SDKs
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    High-Availability
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    Presence
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    Easy to setup
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    Flexible
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    Server-Side Cache
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    Free Plan
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    Support
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    AngularJS Adapter
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    PhoneGap Plugin
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    Data Sync
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    Data Streams
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    Analytics
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    Angular 2+ integration
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    Easy integration with iOS apps
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    Easy setup and very reliable
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    High cost, going up more in Summer '15
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    Cool
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    Documentation, easy to use, great people/service
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    CTO stephen also is A++++++
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    Real time and easy to use.
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    Cdsd
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    Real-time
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    Event-based communication
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    Node.js
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    WebSockets
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    Open source
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    Binary streaming
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    No internet dependency
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    Large community
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    Fallback to polling if WebSockets not supported
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    Push notification
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    Ease of access and setup

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Cons of Firebase
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    Can become expensive
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    No open source, you depend on external company
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    Scalability is not infinite
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    Not Flexible Enough
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    Cant filter queries
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    No Relational Data
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    Very unstable server
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    Too many errors
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    No offline sync
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    Costly
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    Bad documentation
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    Githubs that complement it are mostly deprecated
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    Doesn't work on React Native
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    Websocket Errors
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    Small community

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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 PubNub?

PubNub makes it easy for you to add real-time capabilities to your apps, without worrying about the infrastructure. Build apps that allow your users to engage in real-time across mobile, browser, desktop and server.

What is Socket.IO?

It enables real-time bidirectional event-based communication. It works on every platform, browser or device, focusing equally on reliability and speed.

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What are some alternatives to Firebase, PubNub, and Socket.IO?
MongoDB
MongoDB stores data in JSON-like documents that can vary in structure, offering a dynamic, flexible schema. MongoDB was also designed for high availability and scalability, with built-in replication and auto-sharding.
Parse
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Heroku
Heroku is a cloud application platform – a new way of building and deploying web apps. Heroku lets app developers spend 100% of their time on their application code, not managing servers, deployment, ongoing operations, or scaling.
Auth0
A set of unified APIs and tools that instantly enables Single Sign On and user management to all your applications.
Realm
The Realm Mobile Platform is a next-generation data layer for applications. Realm is reactive, concurrent, and lightweight, allowing you to work with live, native objects.
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