1. 1. Firebase vs Parse Server
  2. 2. Firebase vs Parse Server Google has recently released a new version of Firebase. It provides a unified platform to build Android, iOS, and web Apps. Admob, Analytics, Authentication, Indexing, Test Lab, and Notifications are some of the new features introduced in the latest version of Firebase. Parse Server is a better choice to build new apps or APIs. Read on to get a sense of comparison between the two and to understand why Parse Server is still better. You can read the original publication on:
  3. 3. Firebase There are still many Android and iOS apps that have Parse as their backend. But since Facebook has given a deadline to migrate these apps, developers are on a constant lookout for alternatives. Firebase from Google is one such alternative that can host web apps. Below are some of the striking features of Firebase that seem to be advantageous to the developers.
  4. 4. Firebase Firebase stores the data in JSON format. JSON data is readily available through REST APIs or by using client libraries. The data is stored in the cloud and thus can be accessed from anywhere. Data Storage
  5. 5. Firebase Firebase is designed with a model-observer scheme which is most useful for interactive apps. Any change in data done on the server is updated to the registered clients in real-time. The data syncs almost instantly on the client devices. Cloud messaging and remote customization of apps enables to update the app variables instantly. Real-time data sync
  6. 6. Firebase It is robust, cross-platform APIs for Android and iOS apps. It also supports Javascript with highly flexible security API. Authentication through Twitter, Facebook, and Google are validated. Authentication and data security
  7. 7. Firebase The users need not have to worry about hosting data as Firebase will take care of it. With a central database, Firebase can update all the users with real-time data. Central Database
  8. 8. Firebase vs Parse Server Google is supporting Firebase similar to how Facebook supported Parse. But now, Facebook has shut down Parse and developers have been presented with the open source version of it. Here are some of the best features of Parse Server.
  9. 9. Parse Server Parse Server is the open source version of Parse that has been supported by a strong community of open source developers. In fact, Parse Server has worked on the shortcomings that were present in Parse and retained the good things that were present in Parse. With the Parse Server self-hosted by the users, it can be the best platform to develop new Android or iOS apps or APIs.
  10. 10. Parse Server Parse Server needs infrastructure that runs on Node.js and it supports Express web app framework. Once you have the data ready in the database, you dont need any significant changes to the client code to run your applications. Easy to deploy
  11. 11. Parse Server Parse used MongoDB to store data and Amazon S3 bucket to store file system. Parse Server has enhanced database functionalities such as performance refactoring, data backup and restore, and indexing. With Parse Server, users can choose a file system of their choice. There is also an option of storing files in JSON format as a backup. These JSON files can be imported whenever needed. Parse had a cap on the number of queries, cloud functions, and database triggers but Parse Server has no such limitations. Data Storage
  12. 12. Parse Server Parse Server has managed to ensure data security without changing client code. Pointer permission is one of the most recent updates for the Parse Server and is available in the latest version of Parse Server. Pointer Permission
  13. 13. Parse Server Parse was well-known for its dashboard and Parse Server has all the amazing dashboard features of Parse. The dashboard enables users to manage and configure their apps and send push notifications. Dashboard
  14. 14. Parse Server Users need not make the same queries every time they need data. Users can construct a query and Parse Server will fetch real-time data as and when the resulting data changes. Live Queries
  15. 15. Firebase vs Parse Server The advantage of open source development environment is that the developers have full control over the source code. They have the power of migrating the data to different platforms when they require. When Facebook announced the shutdown of Parse, developers had to migrate data and application to another BaaS or MBaaS. With such an experience, trusting any other BaaS may seem unacceptable to them anymore. Vendor Lock-in
  16. 16. Firebase vs Parse Server Parse Server has long-term stability compared to any such vendor-based platforms. With a strong community background and feature-rich open source platform, Parse Server is undoubtedly better than Firebase to develop Android, iOS or web application APIs. Vendor Lock-in
  17. 17. Firebase vs Parse Server Firebase can host Android, iOS and web applications and so does Parse Server. But as far as Parse Server is concerned, it has all the features of Firebase and much more advantages that it can offer to the users. Users of Firebase will not have full access to their source code and IP ownership of app components is denied. With embedded platforms, REST APIs of Firebase cannot be implemented quickly. Quick Comparison
  18. 18. Firebase vs Parse Server Reporting tools are not strong enough in Firebase. Data migration is not as easy as Parse Server. Firebase does not support simple Geo queries. Parse Cloud Code is much superior compared to even the latest version of Firebase. Above all, Firebase users are vendor-locked. Quick Comparison
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