Category: Android

Vanilla Firestore vs RxFirestoreKT

RxFirestoreKT is a great library for combining RxJava (Kotlin) and Firestore together, but what I noticed about Firestore is that it already contains many of RxJava’s advantages as it is. Firestore works asynchronously, it can map documents to POJO objects, and can keep a continuous stream of data flowing, handles errors well, and it does…
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Firebase In Use 1: Dynamic Admin-User Roles with Authentication

If you know my man Sam Stern who’s popped up a couple times around my Reddit, you probably heard his talk with Kiana McNellis on Integrating back-end systems with Firebase for better app management. This sparked an idea for what could be a new series here on this blog, Firebase In Use where I go over…
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Getting Started with Firebase Invites for Android

Okay I know I said the Getting Started series has been completely covered and concluded in the Performance Monitoring post. “And that about sums it up for the ‘Getting Started With’ series. I’m preparing a whole variety of changes here at EricDecanini.com that you should be excited about.” Of course, it’s me we’re talking about…
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Building Firebase Dynamic Links with the Android Builder API

I may have almost forgotten about my promise in my first Dynamic Links post I never did Until I started working with Dynamic Links again for one of my own upcoming apps where I’m using email-invites as a way for people to collaborate on a single shopping list. If you know Dynamic Links, you know the drill.…
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Planning a $0 Budget Android App Marketing Strategy with Firebase

Chances are, you’re an indie Android Developer. You just finished an app and are about to release it on the Play Store then it hits you: you don’t have a way to get those downloads going. It hits you so hard that you might as well as gone well back in time and and fought…
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Getting Started with Firebase Performance Monitoring on Android

We are on the LAST installment in our ‘Getting Started With’ series and it is on performance monitoring! Now there’s a reason why this was the last for me to cover, and probably the last that many of you would pay attention too (but please, correct me if I’m wrong). For many of us, performance just isn’t…
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Conducting Robo Tests with Firebase Test Lab

We all know testing is important. Very important. While it seems simple on the surface, it goes way deep. There are so many different methods of testing like say, unit tests, integration tests, UI tests, the list goes on. In comes Firebase Test Lab which lets you perform a couple of these on real physical devices running in a…
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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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