Firebase Announces Platform Upgrades at Annual Summit

Today at Firebase Summit 2019 in Madrid, Spain, Firebase announced various upgrades to the company’s mobile and web application development Platform. The updates are highlighted by new tools that aim to accelerate application development while also reducing coding errors. 

The first major announcement from the conference is the introduction of Firebase Extensions, a collection of pre-packaged code snippets designed to accelerate development times by solving common tasks for users ahead of time. The bundles of code specifically address tasks that may need to be done many times, like resizing images or shortening URLs. Extensions are open source and configurable, allowing for customized implementation across Firebase and Google Cloud Platform products. Developers can browse through Extensions on the company’s Extensions Directory page.

The Firebase Emulator Suite has received several upgrades including hot reloading for changes to Security Rules, as well as increased support for client and server-side SDKs. The company also added support for Realtime Database triggered Functions. Firebase has open-sourced several SDKs over the past several months, today the company has announced it will be open-sourcing the Web SDK releases for Remote Config and Analytics.

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