I spent my evenings this weekend tinkering with the beta of a new service called Firebase, a Y-combinator company which is now trying to become the back-end infrastructure for real-time applications. I was attracted by the idea that one could whip together fast prototypes to test out ideas/MVPs.
I’m not (yet) very back-end savvy, so am still trying to digest their docs, but as a start I made a simple little website “Quote Inspiration” that allows anyone to post an inspirational quote and others will see it in real-time.
It has also been amusing to see how people poke at it. The Internet is a giant social experiment. 🙂
The Firebase tech is in beta (all the back-end data is insecure right now), and of course there is the issue that if you do everything on the front-end, your code is totally exposed to the client even if minimized, but Firebase is definitely a company I am going to keep an eye on especially for fast prototyping and initial idea validation.