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Apple token-based Push Notifications available on Back4App

We are pleased to announce that the Back4App Push Notification service for Apple devices now supports the HTTP/2 protocol and the token-based authentication mechanism. The benefits of using the new connection mechanism are:

  • It is faster than the previous legacy binary protocol;
  • You can use the same token-key for all your Apple platforms(macOS, iOS, Apple Watch) and Apps;
  • You can use the same token from multiple provider servers;
  • The key doesn’t expire so it’s not necessary to update it every 12 months, as certificates did;

Understanding the Different Types of API Business Models

When creating a new API, there’s something your company needs to prioritize as much as its development: your strategy for monetizing the API product. Building an API costs money, and for sure, your company is looking for a return on its investment. But that entails more than simply releasing a product into the market and expecting it to earn. To get a handsome profit off of your API, you will need to do the following:

  • Understand the different ways that APIs make money,
  • Get to know the various business models that drive modern API consumption, and,
  • Choose the right model and monetization scheme for your own company’s API, based on what’s most appropriate for you. 

Below is a guide on the most common business models and monetization schemes for today’s APIs. After doing rigorous design work on your new product, such as with the Stoplight API editor, it’s now time to make good on your earnings. 


Firestore vs. Firebase

Firestore vs. Firebase
Firestore vs Firebase

Firebase is an amazing application development platform for mobile and web application development. It can provide an amazing variety of services and tools. These services and tools are meant to help developers in creating high-end and feature rich applications. So that they can get better opportunities to improve their user base as well as earn more revenue in the best possible time.

However, do you want to know more about Firebase? This article can let you explore much about similarities and differences between Firestore and Firebase. At the end, you will be able to make a bold decision of making the right choice with ease. 

Do you want to learn more? Let’s have a look at the information given below about this topic to get an even better idea about the things in this regard:


Does Firebase cost money?

Firebase is one of the premier cloud platforms for creating mobile and web applications. Google Acquired the platform from Firebase Inc in 2018. It has since grown to become one of the leading backend services for developers around the world.

This article will compare Firebase’s plans and explain the differences between free and paid products.

Keep reading to know more.


Firebase vs other service providers

Developing cutting-edge mobile and web applications requires a powerful and feature-rich backend. A robust backend platform enables developers to access advanced functionality for creating agile applications.

Firebase is now regarded as a top choice for developers across the world today. While it is the preferred backend for many, there are many others solutions worthy of consideration. This article will compare Firebase vs several other service providers.

Here is what you will learn reading this article:

  • Firebase Overview
  • Firebase Core Features
  • Firebase vs
    • Back4app
    • Parse
    • AWS
    • MongoDB
    • AWS Amplify
    • Heroku
    • Backendless
    • Kinvey
    • Dynamo DB
    • Fauna DB
    • MySQL
    • Pusher
    • OneSignal
    • Hasura
    • AWS Lambda
    • Auth0
    • Okta
    • Couchbase
    • Digital Ocean
    • Google Cloud Platform
    • Azure
    • Laravel
    • Meteor
    • Django
    • Express JS
    • Xamarin
    • Auth0
    • Cloudboost
    • Netlify
    • Deployd
    • Firestore

Read on to discover some of the best competitors and alternative services to Firebase BaaS. 


Is Firebase Free?

Is Firebase Free?
Is Firebase Free

Firebase is one of the best-known platforms for building mobile and web applications. Originally, this platform was developed as Firebase Inc. However, later on, Google purchased it in the year 2018. Till then, Firebase was being backed by Google.

Firebase is an excellent option for app development, but is Firebase free? This article will help you to answer this question and explore the details of Firebase’s pricing structure.

Let’s proceed below because here you will learn about:

  • Main pricing plans for Firebase 
  • Always free services by Firebase 
  • Firebase paid services pricing 
  • How to estimate your Firebase costs?

The 12 Emerging Web Development Trends You Must Know About

The 12 Emerging Web Development Trends You Must Know About
Emerging Web Development Trends

The newest web development trends involve more efficient chatbots. VEO. accelerated mobile pages, faster web apps, motion UI & serverless applications

Web development is a work that makes websites attractive and user-friendly. The trend of web development is evolving rapidly with the onset of new technologies. In this article, we will look into the top trends of web development that you should follow in 2020.

The functionality and attraction of a website depend on the adeptness of web development and design. A well-developed web page is bound to increase user interaction and help you with management. 

We did our fair share of market research to bring you the top 12 web development trends of this year.


Flutter vs. React Native – the battle of titans

Flutter vs. React Native – the battle of titans
flutter vs. RN

Developing effective applications have always been one of the biggest problems that all developers have had to pass through for all of eternity. Because of an ever-increase in the number of platforms available: Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Windows, and whatnot – it has become increasingly difficult for developers to port their applications to another platform. 

Though Apple intends to streamline the process for iOS and macOS, the most popular platforms: Android and Windows have nothing as simple as that. 

There are major platforms for cross-platform frameworks to this date: Flutter and React Native. This is going to be a Flutter VS RN battle, where we will be pitting one against the other to see which one will be a better choice for you – as a developer. Let us begin:


Firebase Databases | What is the best option for your app?

Firebase is a platform for web and mobile application development and provides a range of services and tools to developers so that they can create high-end apps, enhance their user base, and earn more revenue.

Firebase has two types of databases that are as follows.

  • Real-Time database
  • The Cloud Firestore

This article will explore the differences and similarities between these two database options. It aims to help you to make a more bold decision to select the correct database.

Here is summary of what you will learn reading this article:

  • Overview of a Realtime Database
  • Benefits of the Realtime implementation
  • Firebase Database Options
    • The Real Time Database
    • Cloud Firestore
    • Similarities
    • Differences

Want to know more? Please continue reading.


Angular vs React: Comparing Two Leading Frameworks for Developing Industry-specific Apps

When building apps, every industry has some specific choices and considerations. While building dynamic apps and single page web apps is popular across too many industries, not all frameworks and technologies are equally suitable for them.  

Both Angular Vs. React as the two leading JavaScript frameworks are popular for developing dynamic web apps. While both are powerful and loaded with features and many standalone advantages, their value propositions need a detailed comparison. 

Here we are going to compare these two technologies for developing industry-specific apps.