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The Open Source Databases Platform

The Open Source Databases Platform

When we started the Database HUB project on Back4App our vision was: What if people could build and sustain Databases together in the same way they do with code? What if they can benefit each other from work together to get more accurate and complete data to use on their App projects?
 
The journey hasn’t been easy. We’ve been working very hard based on user’s feedback to transform the HUB on a Social Platform to build and use Databases.
 
We’re happy to see how developers are Connecting to a ready Database in a few clicks and using it on their Apps.
 
Even happier to see the users publishing their own Databases, sharing their work and collaborating with each other to build Better Datasets useful to many other developers. You can see users opening issues here at the World Continents, Countries, and Cities, for example.


Database Like Firebase

Database Like Firebase
database like firebase

Firebase brought innovation into application development through its real-time backend as a service.  Over the years, developers have leveraged the platform to create real-time mobile and web applications. The best part is that they do not have to mess with complicated protocols or write codes from scratch.

Some of the excellent features of Firebase include real-time database, push notifications, reliable APIs, and auto-scaling. Users of this platform also benefit from its user-friendly interface, free tier, and robust support for the Android and iOS platforms. 

Although Firebase presents developers with an excellent platform for expediting application development, it has inevitable shortfalls that can undermine development tasks. However, if you want a database like Firebase, there are many other options.

All application development projects require careful planning to achieve the best results. Given the massive number of mobile application development tools in the market, it is essential to make due diligence to choose the best tools. Mainly, the decision-making process involves selecting a database that works like Firebase for your app project. Selecting the right Backend as a Service (BaaS) goes a long way in determining the success of your app development project.

Two essential factors you need to consider while researching for a database like Firebase are your unique needs and budget.  Here are the issues we shall be discussing in this article:

  1. Top four Firebase alternative backends.
  2. List of the essential services of a backend provider.
  3. Guideline for selecting the best backend.
  4. Scenarios where backend services are most useful

Best Parse Server Hosting

Best Parse Server Hosting
Best Parse Server Hosting

What is Parse?

Parse is currently one of the top open-source frameworks that drive application backend. It helps developers carry out complicated programming assignments easily and quickly.  Parse has enjoyed massive support from its vibrant community since the platform became opensource in 2016. Rather than managing a self-hosted Parse server, many developers are choosing to use managed Parse Server option, so they won’t have to mess with backend tasks at all.


How to Build a Video Chat App

How to Build a Video Chat App

Just the other day I came across this awesome Twilio tutorial by Phil Nash explaining how to make a Video Chat using React Hooks, so I decided to run it in Back4app because it is free, it is awesome and can be integrated with Parse, so I could have free web hosting (free back4app subdomain included), host my App and use real-time data delivery to include chat features in the future.
This post is a walkthrough of what I did to get it working.