Firebase vs ws: What are the differences?
Developers describe Firebase as "The Realtime App Platform". Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds. On the other hand, ws is detailed as "A Node.js WebSocket library". It is a simple to use, blazing fast, and thoroughly tested WebSocket client and server implementation.
Firebase and ws can be primarily classified as "Realtime Backend / API" tools.
Some of the features offered by Firebase are:
- Add the Firebase library to your app and get access to a shared data structure. Any changes made to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.
- Firebase apps can be written entirely with client-side code, update in real-time out-of-the-box, interoperate well with existing services, scale automatically, and provide strong data security.
- Data Accessibility- Data is stored as JSON in Firebase. Every piece of data has its own URL which can be used in Firebase's client libraries and as a REST endpoint. These URLs can also be entered into a browser to view the data and watch it update in real-time.
On the other hand, ws provides the following key features:
- Simple to use
- Blazing fast
- WebSocket client and server for Node.js
ws is an open source tool with 12.4K GitHub stars and 1.6K GitHub forks. Here's a link to ws's open source repository on GitHub.
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