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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
Junior Full Stack Developer at Freelance · | 7 upvotes · 237.6K views
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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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Ably

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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8base

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 PubNub
Pros of SignalR
Pros of Socket.IO
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    Massively scalable & easy to use
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    Easy setup
  • 20
    Reliable
  • 19
    Great support
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    Flexible to integrate to custom applications
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    Sockets at Scale
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    High-Performance
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    99.999% availability guarantees
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    Multiplexing
  • 12
    High-Reliability
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    Scalability
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    70+ SDKs
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    High-Availability
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    Security
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    Azure Add-on
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    Heroku Add-on
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    Easy to setup
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    Flexible
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    Presence
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    Analytics
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    Free Plan
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    Server-Side Cache
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    PhoneGap Plugin
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    AngularJS Adapter
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    Data Sync
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    Data Streams
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    Support
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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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    Angular 2+ integration
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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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    Easy integration with iOS apps
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    Supports .NET server
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    Real-time
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    Free
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    Fallback to SSE, forever frame, long polling
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    WebSockets
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    Simple
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    JSON
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    Open source
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    Ease of use
  • 4
    Cool
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    Real-time
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    Event-based communication
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    Node.js
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    Open source
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    WebSockets
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    Binary streaming
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    No internet dependency
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    Fallback to polling if WebSockets not supported
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    Large community
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    Ease of access and setup
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    Push notification

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Cons of PubNub
Cons of SignalR
Cons of Socket.IO
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    Costly
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    Requires jQuery
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    Expertise hard to get
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    Big differences between ASP.NET and Core versions
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    Weak iOS and Android support
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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 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 SignalR?

SignalR allows bi-directional communication between server and client. Servers can now push content to connected clients instantly as it becomes available. SignalR supports Web Sockets, and falls back to other compatible techniques for older browsers. SignalR includes APIs for connection management (for instance, connect and disconnect events), grouping connections, and authorization.

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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