Firebase vs React Native Firebase: What are the differences?
Firebase: 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; React Native Firebase: A well tested Firebase implementation for React Native, supporting both iOS & Android apps. RNFirebase is a light-weight layer sitting on-top of the native Firebase libraries for both iOS and Android which mirrors the Firebase Web SDK as closely as possible.
Firebase belongs to "Realtime Backend / API" category of the tech stack, while React Native Firebase can be primarily classified under "Platform as a Service Tools".
Some of the features offered by Firebase are:
- 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.
On the other hand, React Native Firebase provides the following key features:
React Native Firebase is an open source tool with 5.89K GitHub stars and 921 GitHub forks. Here's a link to React Native Firebase's open source repository on GitHub.
Instacart, 9GAG, and Twitch are some of the popular companies that use Firebase, whereas React Native Firebase is used by Fisher, Jumpn, and Onova. Firebase has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1215 company stacks & 4651 developers stacks; compared to React Native Firebase, which is listed in 8 company stacks and 18 developer stacks.
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