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User Segmentation 2: Sending Targeted Cloud Messages with Firebase

The easiest thing you can do with user segmentation, in my opinion, is Cloud Messaging. It’s a simple send everyone a message through their notifications. If you came here without checking the first part of the course and you don’t know what user segments are or how to make them, this won’t make much sense unless…
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User Segmentation 1: Defining User Segments with Firebase Analytics

Welcome to this new mini-course, User Segmentation! I’ll be covering the power of splitting users into segments to leverage features like A/B Testing, targeted Cloud Messaging, and the like. This introduction is the only one you need to see before looking at any of the other parts of this mini-course. Once you know how to…
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Getting Started with Firebase Crashlytics on Android

Some form of crash reporting in any app doesn’t only help. It’s essential. Not knowing when and where crashes occur in your app by your users can be very destructive. It can lead to uninstalls, bad reviews, and you’re not going to get much success out of that. So what does a crash reporting service need…
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Getting Started with Firebase Cloud Storage on Android

Cloud Storage can be real frustrating if you don’t know what you’re doing. Thankfully, Firebase simplifies it down to as simple as it can be. We’ll go over why you’d want to use Firebase Cloud Storage over other cloud storage services, and the different ways to go about it. As with my other tutorials, this…
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Getting Started with Firebase using AngularJS

A few things here and there have pushed me to learn AngularJS. It was all easy and simple I had to start implementing Firebase (because that’s what I do). Now if you’ve done this already (in which case, I don’t know why you’re reading this article), you might think “What are you on about? It’s…
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Understanding Cloud Firestore Security Rules

Cloud Firestore improved on many things over its predecessor, Realtime Database. One of which is security. Cloud Firestore’s security rules are more flexible and easier to write than those of the Realtime Database, especially without the trouble of cascading rules. Read on and I’ll let you decide for yourself which set of rules you find…
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Why Every Software Developer NEEDS a Blog

So it’s been a couple months since I started this blog. This is almost no time at all, and immediately, I started seeing results. I started getting different sorts of jobs and offers. And it’s not just me. There’s a pretty strong correlation between the most respected developers and them having a blog. Simple Programmer…
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Understanding Firebase Realtime Database Security Rules

After implementing your Realtime Database, you’re going to want to set up some security so your users’ data is in safe hands. It took me a long time to get my head around writing these rules. There’s nothing wrong with the official docs on the subject, but the details span over so many pages. Let’s…
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Getting Started with Cloud Firestore on Android

Let me just get this out there. Firestore is amazing. I only found out about it recently and it is new (it’s still in beta as of now) but its documented structure is ingenious! Now I see it as an almost definite replacement to the Realtime Database. By the way, out of topic as it may…
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Firebase Realtime Database vs Firestore: Which is better?

They’re both Cloud Databases made by Firebase. They can both work in real-time, both offer offline support, so what’s the difference? Firestore is nicer to work with because of its various data types. Since it’s built on GCP Cloudstore, it’s HIPPA compliant, unlike Realtime Database. (Thanks anater for this info). Firestore stores data in documents,…
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