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Constructing POST HTTP Firebase Cloud Messages for dummies and YOU

Don’t get me wrong, the Firebase Cloud Messaging docs are great. It’s all very extensive and the code’s everywhere. That’s EXACTLY why I’m going to make this post. Because I don’t understand a bloody bit of it mate. It takes me a full 4 hours just to understand one section of it. By the way mate,…
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Device Group Messaging with Firebase Cloud Messaging

Device Group Messaging allows you to send a single message to all devices that belong to a single user, otherwise known as a group. Quite frankly, a group can be the devices that belong to more than a single user, we are however limited to 20 devices per group, so that sucks. Use Cases Why though? Why…
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Topic Messaging with Firebase Cloud Messaging on Android

Topic Messaging is used for sending messages to people subscribed to well, topics. Perfectly suited for publicly available information like news, weather, and the sort. As such, we need to provide a way for users to subscribe before anything else. Subscribing to the Topic

Doesn’t get any simpler than that. A  subscribeToTopic method passing in the…
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Getting Started with Firebase Cloud Messaging on Android

We’re back to our Getting Started series in an aim to cover all the Firebase services on Android. As big as Cloud Messaging is, it leaves me to wonder why I didn’t cover this sooner. Cloud Messaging in a Nutshell Cloud messaging is your standard go-to service for increasing user engagement. You use it to…
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Firebase Security Crash Course in a Nutshell

Just recently, Firebase started their Firebase Pro Series on their YouTube channel. “Because this is Google, we’re going to build a new chat app” This one stood out to me. Mike McDonald covered what probably most of us (myself included) did not know about the Firestore Security Rules. It is however bundled in a 12-minute…
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The Books, YouTube Channels, etc that helped me grow

This week I said I’ll be doing something special and here it is. This past year has been HUGE for me. It’s a year I decided things needed to changed, a year where I’ve gone down a long road of constant self-improvement (which I’m nowhere near the end of yet). I owe so much to…
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Getting Started with Firebase In-App Messaging on Android

You heard it. One of Firebase Cloud Messaging‘s biggest weaknesses was its inability to send messages inside the app. If the user had their app open, chances are the message wouldn’t even show up. Now in comes Firebase In-App Messaging. The service that allows you to do… exactly that! One of the best parts is that its piss…
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Getting Started with Firebase Authentication on Android

Although I have covered using Firebase Authentication with FirebaseUI, I figured I haven’t covered the traditional way of implementing Firebase Authentication which allows you to use your own authentication screen. Back to the basics! This one is going to be quick and easy. You don’t want to waste time reading useless jargain and I don’t…
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How and why you should use Firebase Dynamic Links in your Android App

URLs used to be straightforward. You’d type one in, and most times, you’d be taken to a website. Simple, right? Enter the mobile age where much of the operating system is powered by apps outside of the traditional browser. Deep Links were a theory that could make browser-application integration seamless. You’d click a deep link from…
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Getting Started with Firebase Cloud Functions on Android

Cloud functions are rather… different. They work with pretty much any platform and that’s because they’re executed on the cloud. That does however make it easy to be confused when getting started with it. I sure was. Here we’ll simplify it down as much as possible so you can start navigating your way around cloud…
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