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We are starting to work on a web-based platform aiming to connect artists (clients) and professional freelancers (service providers). In-app, timeline-based, real-time communication between users (& storing it), file transfers, and push notifications are essential core features. We are considering using Node.js, ExpressJS, React, MongoDB stack with Socket.IO & Apollo, or maybe using Real-Time Database and functionalities of Firebase.

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Timothy Malstead
Junior Full Stack Developer at Freelance | 7 upvotes 路 393K views
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FirebaseFirebase

I would recommend looking hard into Firebase for this project, especially if you do not have dedicated full-stack or backend members on your team.

The real time database, as you mentioned, is a great option, but I would also look into Firestore. Similar to RTDB, it adds more functions and some cool methods as well. Also, another great thing about Firebase is you have easy access to storage and dead simple auth as well.

Node.js Express MongoDB Socket.IO and Apollo are great technologies as well, and may be the better option if you do not wish to cede as much control to third parties in your application.

Overall, I say if you wish to focus more time developing your React application instead of other parts of your stack, Firebase is a great way to do that.

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Hello Noam 馃憢,

I suggest taking a look at Ably, it has all the realtime features you need and the platform is designed to guarantee critical functionality at scale.

Here is an in depth comparison between Ably and Firebase

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Hey Noam,

I would recommend you to take a look into 8base. It has features you've requested, also relation database and GraphQL API which will help you to develop rapidly.

Thanks, Ilya

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Pros of CometD
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    • 217
      Real-time
    • 141
      Event-based communication
    • 141
      Node.js
    • 102
      WebSockets
    • 101
      Open source
    • 26
      Binary streaming
    • 21
      No internet dependency
    • 10
      Large community
    • 9
      Fallback to polling if WebSockets not supported
    • 6
      Push notification
    • 5
      Ease of access and setup

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      • 11
        Bad documentation
      • 4
        Githubs that complement it are mostly deprecated
      • 3
        Doesn't work on React Native
      • 2
        Small community
      • 2
        Websocket Errors

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      What is CometD?

      It is a web server to push data to a browser, without the browser explicitly requesting it. It is an umbrella term, encompassing multiple techniques for achieving this interaction.

      What is Socket.IO?

      It enables real-time bidirectional event-based communication. It works on every platform, browser or device, focusing equally on reliability and speed.

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