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Firestore and its advantages
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  • Last Updated : 19 Feb, 2021
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Introduction :

Firestore is a NoSQL database developed by Google as an alternative to the firebase database which has gained massive popularity. It has been designed to provide a better developer experience and simplify the development process. It is a powerful tool for storing data.

Advantages :

Now, Let’s discuss the advantages of Firestore. 

Asynchronous Querying –

  • Through one of the essential features of a firestore, data can be retrieved from mobile and web in real-time.
  • When a query is performed one can attach a listener to it that receives real-time callbacks, hence query listener will be notified every time it changes.
  • Thus, real-time updates can be achieved from the document.

Offers Excellent data handling Capabilities –

  • With Cloud Firestore, it is easier to handle and organize data.
  • Firestore stores data in documents organized into collections and provides a high-performance query engine with which developers can run complicated queries against the NoSQL database.
  • Cloud Firestore is optimized for storing large collections of small documents to provide extensive flexibility in data structuring.

Offline Support –

  • Firestore provides offline synchronization which helps users to interact with the app when there is no network connectivity.
  • Hence, the users can store data offline and sync it to the database immediately when connected.
  • Firestore libraries handle all the syncing, data merging, notifications, and other problems that allow apps to run perfectly when they are not connected to the internet.

Designed to scale –

  • Firestore is a fast NoSQL database designed for scaling with the Google cloud platform offering automatic horizontal scaling as per load.
  • It offers global scalability and strong reliability

However, there are various databases available in the market and you can’t figure out which is the best. As with everything in programming — you need to wage pros and cons, consider the future and select what is best for your app. You have to understand your needs for your project.

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