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1. Progressive Web Apps with React: Create lightning fast web apps with native power using React and Firebase (2017)

Key Features

  • Bring the best of mobile sites and native apps to your users with progressive web applications
  • Create fast, reliable, and engaging PWAs with React and Firebase
  • Create high-performance applications even with low connection speeds by leveraging modern web technologies

Book Description

For years, the speed and power of web apps has lagged behind native applications. Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) aim to solve this by bridging the gap between the web apps and native apps, delivering a host of exciting features. Simultaneously, React is fast becoming the go-to solution for building modern web UIs, combining ease of development with performance and capability. Using React alongside PWA technology will make it easy for you to build a fast, beautiful, and functional web app.

After an introduction and brief overview of the goals of PWAs, the book moves on to setting up the application structure. From there, it covers the Webpack build process and the process of creating React components. You’ll learn how to set up the backend database and authentication solution to communicate with Firebase and how to work with React Router. Next, you will create and configure your web app manifest, making your PWA installable on mobile devices. Then you’ll get introduced to service workers and see how they work as we configure the app to send push notifications using Firebase Cloud Messaging. We’ll also explore the App Shell pattern, a key concept in PWAs and look at its advantages regarding efficient performance. Finally, you’ll learn how to add offline capabilities to the app with caching and confirm your progress by auditing your PWA with Lighthouse. Also, you’ll discover helper libraries and shortcuts that will help you save time and understand the future of PWA development.

What you will learn

  • Set up Webpack configuration, as well as get the development server running
  • Learn basic Firebase configuration and deployment
  • Create routes, manage multiple components, and learn how to use React Router v4 to manage the flow of data
  • Use React life cycle methods to load data
  • Add a service worker to the app and learn how it works
  • Use a service worker to send Push Notifications
  • Configure Webpack to split up the JavaScript bundle and lazy load component files
  • Learn how to use the web Cache API to use your app offline
  • Audit PWAs with Google’s Lighthouse tool

About the Author

Scott Domes is a full stack developer who specializes in React, with a passion for building powerful and performant web applications, and for playing with shiny new technologies. Based out of Vancouver, when not coding he’s probably out hiking some mountain, or getting lost in a good book. Scott loves to teach and talk about web development, and is always looking to learn new things.

Table of Contents

  1. Creating Our App Structure
  2. Getting Started with Webpack
  3. Our App’s Login Page
  4. Easy Back-End Setup With Firebase
  5. Routing with React
  6. Completing Our App
  7. Making Our App Installable with a Manifest
  8. Adding a Service Worker
  9. Using a Service Worker to Send Push Notifications
  10. The App Shell
  11. Chunking JavaScript to Optimize Performance with Webpack
  12. Ready to Cache
  13. Auditing Our App
  14. Conclusion & Next Steps

Author(s): Scott Domes

2. Vue.js 2 and Bootstrap 4 Web Development: Build Responsive SPAs with Bootstrap 4, Vue.js 2, and Firebase (2017)

Learn how to combine Bootstrap with Vue.js to build responsive web applications.

About This Book

  • Build applications with a good architecture and clean UI with Vue.js and Bootstrap
  • Understand Bootstrap components and learn to integrate them with the Vue.js structure
  • Build, deploy, and test your code with various utility tools provided by Vue.js

Who This Book Is For

This book is for JavaScript programmers who are new to web frameworks and want to start learning it by developing interactive and responsive web applications.

What You Will Learn

  • Create and build web applications using Vue.js, Webpack, and Nuxt.js
  • Combine Bootstrap components with Vue.js’ power to enrich your web applications with reusable elements
  • Connect the Vuex state management architecture to the Firebase cloud backend to persist and manage application data
  • Explore the new grid system of Bootstrap 4 along with the far simpler directives in Vue.js
  • Test Vue applications using Jest
  • Authenticate your application using Bootstrap’s forms, Vue.js’ reactivity, and Firebase’s authentication API
  • Deploy your application using Firebase, which provides Backend as a Service

In Detail

In this book, we will build a full stack web application right from scratch up to its deployment.

We will start by building a small introduction application and then proceed to the creation of a fully functional, dynamic responsive web application called ProFitOro. In this application, we will build a Pomodoro timer combined with office workouts. Besides the Pomodoro timer and ProFitOro workouts will enable authentication and collaborative content management. We will explore topics such as Vue reactive data binding, reusable components, routing, and Vuex store along with its state, actions, mutations, and getters. We will create Vue applications using both webpack and Nuxt.js templates while exploring cool hot Nuxt.js features such as code splitting and server-side rendering. We will use Jest to test this application, and we will even revive some trigonometry from our secondary school!

While developing the app, you will go through the new grid system of Bootstrap 4 along with Vue.js’ directives. We will connect Vuex store to the Firebase real-time database, data storage, and authentication APIs and use this data later inside the application’s reactive components. Finally, we will quickly deploy our application using the Firebase hosting mechanism.

Style and Approach

Step-by-step tutorial

Author(s): Olga Filipova

3. Beginning Angular with Typescript (updated to Angular 5) (2017)

*Updated to Angular 5!

Angular is one of the leading frameworks to develop apps across all platforms. Reuse your code and build fast and high performing apps for any platform be it web, mobile web, native mobile and native desktop. You use small manageable components to build a large powerful app. No more wasting time hunting for DOM nodes!

In this book, we take you on a fun, hands-on and pragmatic journey to master Angular from a web development point of view. You’ll start building Angular apps within minutes. Every section is written in a bite-sized manner and straight to the point as I don’t want to waste your time (and most certainly mine) on the content you don’t need. In the end, you will have what it takes to develop a real-life app.

About the Reader

This book is for developers with basic familiarity with HTML, CSS, Javascript and object-oriented programming. No TypeScript or AngularJS experience needed.

About the Author

Greg Lim is a technologist and author of several programming books. Greg has many years in teaching programming in tertiary institutions and he places special emphasis on learning by doing.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Creating and Using Components
  3. Bindings
  4. Working with Components
  5. Conditional Rendering, Pipes and Ng-Content
  6. Template Driven Forms
  7. Model Driven Forms
  8. Introduction to Observables
  9. Getting Data From RESTful APIs with Observables
  10. Routing
  11. Structuring Large Apps With Modules
  12. C.R.U.D. with Firebase

Author(s): Greg Lim

4. Firebase Essentials – Android Edition: Second Edition (2017)

With 55 in-depth chapters, over 470 pages and 23 example app projects (including the source code), Firebase Essentials – Android Edition provides everything you need to successfully integrate Firebase cloud features into your Android apps. This book covers the key features of Android app development using Firebase including integration with Android Studio, User Authentication (including email, Twitter, Facebook and phone number sign-in), Realtime Database, Cloud Storage, Firebase Cloud Messaging (both upstream and downstream), Dynamic Links, Invites, App Indexing, Test Lab, Remote Configuration, Cloud Functions, Analytics and Performance Monitoring. The book is organized into chapter groups that focus on specific Firebase features, with each topic area consisting of a detailed overview followed by tutorial style examples that put theory into practice.

Author(s): Neil Smyth

5. The Definitive Guide to Firebase: Build Android Apps on Google’s Mobile Platform (2017)

Plan how to build a better app, grow it into a business, and earn money from your hard work using Firebase. In this book, Laurence Moroney, Staff Developer Advocate at Google, takes you through each of the 15 Firebase technologies, showing you how to use them with concrete examples. You’ll see how to build cross-platform apps with the three pillars of the Firebase platform: technologies to help you develop apps with a real-time database, remote configuration, cloud messaging, and more; grow your apps with user sharing, search integration, analytics, and more; and earn from your apps with in-app advertising.

After reading The Definitive Guide to Firebase, you’ll come away empowered to make the most of this technology that helps you build better cross-platform mobile apps using either native Android or JavaScript-based web apps and effectively deploy them in a cloud environment.

 

What You’ll Learn

  • Use the real-time database for a codeless middleware that gives online and offline data for syncing across your users’ devices
  • Master Firebase Cloud Messaging, a technology that delivers to connected devices in less than 500ms
  • Grow your app organically with technologies such App Indexing, App Invites, and Dynamic Links
  • Understand problems when they arise with crash reporting 
  • Fix user problems without direct access to users’ devices
  • Tie it all together with analytics that give you great intelligence about how users interact with your app

Who This Book Is For

Experienced Android, mobile app developers new to Firebase. This book is also for experienced web developers looking to build and deploy web apps for smartphones and tablets, too, who may be new or less experienced with mobile programming.

Author(s): Laurence Moroney

6. Build Mobile Apps with Ionic 2 and Firebase: Hybrid Mobile App Development (2017)

Learn to build hybrid mobile apps using Ionic and Firebase. You’ll build a Hacker News client app, which can view top stories in Hacker News, view comments of a story, add stories to favorites, etc. 
This introductory guide covers the whole cycle of hybrid mobile apps development. It’s organized around implementing different user stories. For each story, this book not only talks about how to implement it but also explains related Ionic and Firebase concepts in detail. Using Apache Cordova, developers can create a new type of mobile app―a hybrid mobile app.

Hybrid mobile apps actually run in an internal browser inside a wrapper created by Apache Cordova. With hybrid mobile apps, developers can have one single code base for different platforms. Developers also can use their existing web development skills. 

The Ionic framework builds on top of Apache Cordova and provides out-of-box components which make developing hybrid mobile apps much easier. Ionic uses Angular as the JavaScript framework and has a nice default UI style with a similar look and feel to native apps. Firebase is a realtime database which can be accessed in web apps using JavaScript. With Build Mobile Apps with Ionic 2 and Firebase you’ll discover that  just need to develop front-end code, there’s no need to manage any back-end code or servers. 
 
What You’ll Learn
  •    Create content-based Ionic mobile apps
  •    Discover the advanced features of the Ionic framework
  •    Use Firebase as a mobile app’s back-end storage
  •    Build, test, and continuously delivery Ionic mobile apps
  •    Publish and analyze Ionic mobile apps
Who This Book Is For
Front-end developers and mobile app developers

Author(s): Fu Cheng

7. Beginning React (2017)

Developed by Facebook, React is one of the leading frameworks to build efficient web user interfaces. You use small manageable components to build large-sale, data-driven websites without page reloads. No more wasting time hunting for DOM nodes!

In this book, we take you on a fun, hands-on and pragmatic journey to master React from a web development point of view. You’ll start building React apps within minutes. Every section is written in a bite-sized manner and straight to the point as I don’t want to waste your time (and most certainly mine) on the content you don’t need. In the end, you will have what it takes to develop a real-life app.

About the Reader

This book is for developers with basic familiarity with HTML, CSS, Javascript and object-oriented programming. No React experience needed.

About the Author

Greg Lim is a technologist and author of several programming books. Greg has many years in teaching programming in tertiary institutions and he places special emphasis on learning by doing.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Creating and Using Components
  • Bindings, Props, State and Events
  • Working with Components
  • Conditional Rendering
  • Building Controlled Forms
  • Getting Data From RESTful APIs with Axios
  • Routing
  • C.R.U.D. with Firebase

Author(s): Greg Lim

8. Firebase Cookbook: Over 70 recipes to help you create real-time web and mobile applications with Firebase (2017)

Key Features

  • A Solution based approach that would help you create high-quality apps for your businesses
  • Harness the power of real-time database to create apps that work on multiple platforms
  • Build a customized solution for your app development challenges with Firebase

Book Description

Do you feel tired just thinking or even hearing about backend technologies, authentication or the tedious task of deployment? Firebase is here to change the way you develop and make your app a first-class citizen of the cloud.

This books takes a solution based approach by providing you recipes that would help you understand the features of Firebase and implement them in your existing web or mobile applications.

We start-off by creating our first Firebase application and integrating its services into different platforms and environments for mobile as well as web applications. Then we deep dive into Real-time Database and Firebase Storage that allows your users to access data across various devices with realtive ease. With each chapter you will gradually create the building blocks of your application from securing your data with Firebase Rules to authenticating your users with O-Auth.

Moving along we would explore modern application development techniques such as creating serverless applications with Firebase Cloud Functions or turning your traditional applications into progressive apps with Service workers.

Finally you will learn how to create cross-platform mobile apps, integrate Firebase in native platforms, and learn how to monetize your mobile applications using Admob for Android and iOS.

What you will learn

  • Use Firebase Diverse Authentication systems
  • Integrate easy, secure File Hosting using Firebase Storage services
  • Make your application serverless using Firebase Cloud Functions
  • Use the powerful Firebase Admin SDK for privilege management
  • Use Firebase within NativeScript apps for cross-platform applications
  • Modify, structure, save and serve data in and from Realtime Database
  • Get acquainted with the newly introduce Cloud Firestore, a scalable database for your web and mobile applications

About the Author

Houssem Yahiaoui, a backend engineer at Xapo from Algeria, has almost 4 years, experience in building everything from backend services to mobile apps using Hybrid, Not so Hybrid and Native Approaches. Houssem is also a Telerik Developer Expert title holder and community power believer. He’s also a Google Developer Group Lead Organizer, Algeria Tech Community (Community Manager), and speaker at numerous national and international events from DevFests to DroidCon, sharing his experience of web technologies, and a love for serverless approaches and Firebase.

Table of Contents

  1. Firebase-Getting Started
  2. Firebase Real Time Database
  3. Files Management with Firebase Storage
  4. Firebase Authentication
  5. Securing Application flow with Firebase Rules
  6. Progressive Applications powered by Firebase
  7. Firebase Admin SDK
  8. Extend Firebase with Cloud Functions
  9. We’re done, let’s Deploy
  10. Integrate Firebase with NativeScript
  11. Integrate Firebase with Android/iOS Natively
  12. Hack Application’s Growth
  13. Add Analytics and Maximize Earrings

Author(s): Houssem Yahiaoui

9. Firebase Jumpstart (Angular University) (Volume 4) (2017)

This book is aimed at developers that want to get a practical understanding of the Firebase Realtime Database. If you are trying to find an introduction to the Firebase and AngularFire ecosystem and would like a quick introduction to JSON Data Stores, Firebase Data Modeling, and the Firebase SDK, then this book is for you.

What is the core value proposition of this book?

Sit down in one evening with this book (this Jumpstart is condensed to 36 pages), and learn some of the key aspects of both JSON Data Stores in general and Firebase, in particular, in one read. Get a general overview of why JSON Data Stores and Backend as a Service are both the likely future of web development, and why Firebase should be a major player in that space.

Why a Fast-track Guide to Firebase?

Firebase, with some data modeling patterns on top of it, is a great solution for building the backend of any web application in general. But right now there isn’t a lot of training material available on Firebase, and especially covering things like Data Modeling. This book could potentially spare you numerous days of overall information gathering, and give you a good overview of the Firebase ecosystem, and why and how you could use the Firebase Realtime Database in your projects. After reading this Jumpstart, you will be in a much better position to start using Firebase and AngularFire. You will also have a solid understanding of how to make the most of a Backend as A Service platform, and you will be familiar with several JSON Data Store Data Modeling Techniques.

Author(s): Angular University

10. Firebase Essentials – Android Edition (2017)

With 55 in-depth chapters, over 470 pages and 23 example app projects (including the source code), Firebase Essentials – Android Edition provides everything you need to successfully integrate Firebase cloud features into your Android apps.

This book covers the key features of Android app development using Firebase including integration with Android Studio, User Authentication (including email, Twitter, Facebook and phone number sign-in), Realtime Database, Cloud Storage, Firebase Cloud Messaging (both upstream and downstream), Dynamic Links, Invites, App Indexing, Test Lab, Remote Configuration, Cloud Functions, Analytics and Performance Monitoring.

The book is organized into chapter groups that focus on specific Firebase features, with each topic area consisting of a detailed overview followed by tutorial style examples that put theory into practice.

Author(s): Neil Smyth

11. Beginning Ionic Mobile Development (2017)

Ionic is one of the leading frameworks to develop mobile apps and Progressive Web Apps in HTML5. Ionic is especially useful if you are familiar with web development HTML, CSS, JavaScript and would like to build mobile apps, but don’t fancy having to learn Objective C and/or Swift for iOS, Java for Android, etc. 

In this book, we take you on a fun, hands-on and pragmatic journey to master Ionic. You’ll start building Ionic apps within minutes. Every section is written in a bite-sized manner and straight to the point as I don’t want to waste your time (and most certainly mine) on the content you don’t need. In the end, you will have what it takes to develop a real-life mobile app using Ionic. 

About the Reader

This book is for developers with basic familiarity with HTML, CSS, Javascript and Angular.

About the Author

Greg Lim is a technologist and author of several programming books. Greg has many years in teaching programming in tertiary institutions and he places special emphasis on learning by doing.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Ionic
Chapter 2: Setting Up Our Development Environment
Chapter 3: Building Our Notable Notes App
Chapter 4: Building Our Notable Notes App (II)
Chapter 5: Deploying to a Device
Chapter 6: Storing Data
Chapter 7: C.R.U.D. with Firebase
Chapter 8: Authentication in Firebase
Chapter 9: Authorization in Firebase
Chapter 10: Cordova Plugins and Ionic Native
Chapter 11: Deploying to the AppStore
Chapter 12: Deploying to a Web Server
Chapter 13: Building a Progressive Web App Appendix A: Themes

Author(s): Greg Lim

12. Beginning Angular 2 with Typescript (2017)

*Updated to Angular 5!

Angular 2 is one of the leading frameworks to develop apps across all platforms. Reuse your code and build fast and high performing apps for any platform be it web, mobile web, native mobile and native desktop. You use small manageable components to build a large powerful app. No more wasting time hunting for DOM nodes!

In this book, we take you on a fun, hands-on and pragmatic journey to master Angular 2 from a web development point of view. You’ll start building Angular 2 apps within minutes. Every section is written in a bite-sized manner and straight to the point as I don’t want to waste your time (and most certainly mine) on the content you don’t need. In the end, you will have what it takes to develop a real-life app.

About the Reader

This book is for developers with basic familiarity with HTML, CSS, Javascript and object-oriented programming. No TypeScript or AngularJS experience needed.

About the Author

Greg Lim is a technologist and author of several programming books. Greg has many years in teaching programming in tertiary institutions and he places special emphasis on learning by doing.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Creating and Using Components
  3. Bindings
  4. Working with Components
  5. Conditional Rendering, Pipes and Ng-Content
  6. Template Driven Forms
  7. Model Driven Forms
  8. Introduction to Observables
  9. Getting Data From RESTful APIs with Observables
  10. Routing
  11. Structuring Large Apps With Modules
  12. C.R.U.D. with Firebase

Author(s): Greg Lim