Archive: July 2018

Google’s Firebase – First Impressions

For those of you who like me have been shying away from looking at serverless architecture because “how the hell do you run a web server without a server?” only to realize serverless means something completely different, I wanted to write a very short first impressions take on Google Cloud’s Firebase platform. So what is it? Well, you can read the official feature list and explanation on their website but I’d summarize it as a cloud-powered way (set of tools and platform) to have a backend for your web or mobile app without needing to really code any aspect of the backend yourself. In that suite of tools there’s capabilities for realtime client/server communication, a database, file storage, and many other things I didn’t bother to use for my pet project.