Cloud Functions for Firebase
This week in Firebase is dominated by the beta launch of one of the coolest aspects of Firebase — Cloud Functions for Firebase. Almost every time I speak about Firebase, someone asks me if there’s any way they can add some intelligence to their database backend…when a field hits a value, can I trigger an event? Send a message with FCM? While codeless middleware is awesome, sometimes I need a little logic to add value, I don’t want to write it on my client, and I don’t want to manage a backend for it, so what do I do?
That’s what Cloud Functions for Firebase is all about. Learn more about it in the official blog post here.
Check out this video:
Google Cloud Next ’17
In addition to this, Firebase was present at the Google Cloud NEXT 17 conference, wrapping up today in San Francisco. Here’s a playlist of the Firebase related sessions, including my overview, and really amazing zero-to-app session showing how to use Firebase and Google Cloud better together. For more details, and to answer some questions on Firebase and Cloud — check out James Tamplin’s blog post.
And for a bit of fun, check out what might be the world’s first Firebase-powered robot: Freddy, used in my session on Geolocation.
In other Firebase news we released updates to Firebase Notifications to make it easier to choose the right audiences to send your notifications to. Details in the blog post here.
That’s it for this week’s roundup! I’ll have more next Friday (St Patrick’s Day!), with a return of posts about what folks in the community are doing? Can’t wait to see what you do with Cloud Functions for Firebase! 🙂