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Build a Hacker News Mobile App with Firebase

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Firebase provides a realtime Backend as a Service (or BaaS) that allows the developer to sync data instantly between the backend and all connected devices. In addition to being a database that’s accessible from anywhere, they also have a very useful JavaScript API that let’s you listen for events for when items are changed, added or removed from the database. The company was recently acquired by Google.

I’m very excited by the possibilities Firebase has for mobile apps. Using Onsen UI, AngularJS and Firebase I’ve made a simple app to illustrate how it can be used. Instead of creating my own database, I’ve used the Hacker News API since it already has a lot of data and new items are added frequently so we can try out the live syncing functionality in Firebase.