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The Realtime Database

We get rolling with our site, building out the initial checkout service while getting to know Firebase.

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Realtime Database and Firestore

The Firebase offering is a bit weird. It offers a “Google Cloud Platform Light” kind of service. When I made this video, the Realtime database was the only one they offered - recently, however, they released Firestore.

Firestore is much more of a document store model, whereas the realtime database is kind of like a giant document. There are differences and I hope to add a video about it soon.

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The Code

Code for this video (and for the entire series) can be found in the production GitHub repo.

  • Welcome!

    These videos have been 3 years in the making! I started this project in the spring of 2014 with a simple idea: what could I build without having to manage a server? The results were interesting, but not overly compelling. I wanted to SELL THINGS, and doing that by knitting together various services was a pain. Then came serverless and Firebase - let's get started!

  • Introduction

    What is Firebase and why should you care? The whole Serverless thing is interesting, but is it worth doing? We discuss this here.

  • Hosting

    One of the very nice things about Firebase is its hosting service. It's free and comes with SSL to boot. I like to use Middleman to help build the site out, but you don't have to! Use whatever tools you like, and serve the files with firebase serve.

  • The Realtime Database

    We get rolling with our site, building out the initial checkout service while getting to know Firebase.

  • Firebase Functions

    Extremely simple to create with NodeJS. Simple to deploy, and fun to use, Firebase functions are incredibly flexible and fun. There are some tricks you need to know, however.

  • Authentication and Storage

    In this part we tidy things up, plugging in Authentication and hooking our download service into Firebase Storage.

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