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What is Firebase🔥 and why should you learn it?

sharmakushal profile image Kushal sharma Updated on ・3 min read

Hi, how are you, so you are here to learn about the Firebase that's good. you are on the right path because cloud services are the feature of the Web and mobile applications. So let's get started.

What is Firebase ?

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Firebase is a mobile and web application development platform developed by Firebase, Inc. in 2011, then acquired by Google in 2014. As of October 2018, the Firebase platform has 18 products, which are used by 1.5 million apps. (as defined by Wikipedia ).

Firebase is a Backend-as-a-Service (Baas). It provides developers with a variety of tools and services that helps the developer to make web apps, mobile apps, or games regardless of server-side coding, API, or backend data storage. All the backed related stuff is managed by the Google cloud infrastructure. Firebase has some methods to connect with these services and you have to use them to make beautiful apps and websites.

In short, Firebase is a platform that allows you to build web and mobile applications without a server-side programming language.

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I am going to start a Firebase series in the dev.to and if you are interested in learning Firebase then leave me a comment so I can know how many are interested in these series. In this first blog, we going to know the products offered by the Firebase and setup our first firebase app.

Some firebase Basic Products and their Usage area

Authentication — user login and identity
Realtime Database — real time, cloud hosted, NoSQL database
Cloud Firestore — realtime, cloud hosted, NoSQL database
Cloud Storage — massively scalable file storage
Cloud Functions — “serverless”, event driven backend
Firebase Hosting — global web hosting
ML Kit —SDK for common ML tasks
Analytics — understand your users, and how they use your app
Predictions — apply machine learning to analytics to predict user behavior
Cloud Messaging — send messages and notifications to users
Remote Config — customize your app without deploying a new version; monitor the changes
A/B Testing — run marketing and usability experiments to see what works best
Dynamic Links — enable native app conversions, user sharing, and marketing campaigns
App Indexing — re-engage users with Google Search integration
In-App Messaging — engage your active users with targeted messages

so lets set up our first app

Go to https://firebase.google.com/ and log in using your Google account.

When you login sees on the top right sight of your screen you will see an option Go to Console, click on that.
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now you will be redirected to the home page of the firebase. Which would look like the below screen.
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This screen shows your existing project and on the left side, there is + icon to create a new firebase project. Click on the + icon Now you get the following screen

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Enter the project name of your choice, just see the below of your project name learning-firebase-f398e8 that was your unique google cloud project id. whenever you create a firebase project. It automatically creates the google cloud project. Enter your firebase app name and press the continue button.

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now you got Some user analytics tools you want to enable or disabled. this toll helps to analytics the user of your website or app to check how the visitors are engaging and to the A/B Testing and other analytics tools. for the initial project just disabled it and the press creates a project.
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it will take some time to create the project once it finished you will see the following screen.

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Congratulations you have set up your first firebase project and are ready to learn the firebase which was on-demand in the current It sector to make the serverless app.

I hope that you like the very first introduction tutorial blog for the firebase. If you like this one then please leave a comment and follow me to get notified when I posted the next part of this Firebase series.

To keep up with everything I’m doing, follow me on Twitter. ==> Kushal Sharma

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I'm Kushal Sharma from India, I am a Frontend Developer and I like the Javascript and react


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Great topic. I’m interested in incorporating real-time functionality within a JAMstack setup. Eg a front end that is populated by content from a headless CMS but also contains elements such as a ‘like’ button that dynamically increases the ‘number of like’ counter.


Nice write up ... Would be nice to see how you work with each of the services.


sure, I will write about the firebase services also


thanks, your words meant a lot for me


Keep up the great stuff


Sure , I will write about firebase services and it's usage area


Nice post. Waiting for more...


thanks, sure I will write more about firebase


Looking forward to this tutorial 👍


sure, I will more about this


Very nice topic we are waiting the next step


Okay I am in


Nice intro. Looking forward to learn more about it.


Hello! Great topic, thanks! You are definitely should write about each services - it will be useful for everyone. But I think you should write about specific cases for using Firebase.


Nice post, looking forward for this firebase intro 😃


Thanks Kushal. I'm ready to keep learning!!


Yes! You have another follower!! Looking forward to reading next chapters! Thanks a lot!


thanks, Jorge


Great start for the series, please start it and post more articles on firebase :)


Thanks , I will sure write more about the firebase and it's usage area and it's services


Didn't know that framework, but now I'm mostly interested.


It's not a framework! It's just Baas.


Yeah, I've just read it. I'm so not used to that concept that I literally thought it was another framework. :) So many technologies, languages, etc... it's hard to keep up. :) Thanks!


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Good article. Keep up with this good work.
I am looking forward for the next article.


Nice job. Sure, I'm interested..


Great post! Looking forward to the next one.


Nice one here guy! I love this simple introduction!
I will like to continue with this class!


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