Advocates of platform-as-a-Service offerings promote how easy it is to deploy and manage applications without having to be - or to hire - a system administrator. But as with most things, there are inevitable trade-offs. The less you have to manage the platform you deploy to, the more you're tied to the stack the PaaS provides. Today AppFog adds a duo of supported services to their stack, bringing new database and email options to the company's developers.
In the past, if you wanted to build apps in minutes, you could rely on the Firebase API to do the hard work for you. But when it came to time to deploying the code, you were on your own. Not any more. Firebase changed all that by announcing a hosting solution. Firebase hosting is backed by a content delivery network (CDN), has SSL certificate provisioning “baked in” and works with custom domains.
Serverless frameworks, despite their name, are not really serverless. Of course, there are servers somewhere handling requests but you don’t have to worry about them. You just post a snippet of code and your hosting service takes care of the rest. But who could benefit from these frameworks?