Nowadays it seems like there is a service for every problem you have. The dilemma that existed a few years ago was to bring these services to more people. With the advent of mobile apps, it became possible to solve this problem. It is an undeniable fact that mobile apps have changed every aspect of our lives. Everything from buying groceries, ordering food, performing a bank transaction, communicating, or even travelling can now be done with an app. New apps continue to be made, and they significantly change the world. We live in a world where technology has the power to change social norms. Apps have never had more influence than they have today.
Firebase is Google’s mobile application development platform. It can power an application’s backend. The backend of an application includes data storage, user authentication, static hosting, and other functions. It can help you build mobile and web apps that scale from one user to even a million. Firebase can help you build, improve, and grow your app.
In summary, Firebase is
Less time-consuming as it already is a ready-made solution
Real-time solution for apps with real chats in it
Pretty secure – as it is owned by the Big and Powerful Google
This means Firebase may not be the right choice when you are thinking about scale. While Firebase may help you with a faster time to market and save substantial cost for an MVP, there would be a point when you would have to forego Firebase once your company enters the territory of a recognized startup.
REST is an acronym for Representational State Transfer Technology. Roy Fielding first presented this new approach to developing web projects and services. It is an interface between systems using HTTP to obtain data. Its function is to generate operations on that data in all possible formats such as XML and JSON. Today REST is the leading international authority in the fields of APIs and service app development. There are no applications or projects that do not use REST APIs for the creation of professional services. Even huge corporations like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. use REST and REST APIs to generate horizontal growth in their businesses. It is the most efficient, logical, and widespread industry standard in the creation of APIs.
These are the basics of Firebase and REST APIs. Firebase probably doesn’t offer every single tool and component required to make an app like super successful but it could provide a foundation to get started. Choosing between the two comes down to your requirements. If you want your app to have a real-time database, you should go with Firebase. If you require more efficient queries during development, you should pick REST APIs. You can also combine the two by having a Firebase database attached to your REST API.
At Mindbowser, we use either of the solutions depending on the context, longevity, and requirements. Feel free to discuss with us your requirements and we can advise you what suits you best.