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Last night Des Moines Web Geeks had a code dojo focusing on Firebase, a tool I’d seen demoed by a few locals, including Brad Dwyer‎ from Hatchlings. In under 2 hours three teams each built a secret santa app using only client-side HTML5, CSS and Javascript. It was awesome.

Firebase makes this possible by providing an abstracted server side component accessible using a pure client-side javascript API. This is called a Backend as a Service (BaaS) or in some cases a Mobile Backend as a Service (mBaaS) platform.

Another BaaS I’ve used, and one that has been in the headlines this week, is Stackmob, which was just acquired by PayPal. I’ve used Stackmob and am quite fond of it. Now, having some exposure to both, I realize that Stackmob and Firebase are very different products offering unique types of services, even though both are considered BaaS products. I thought I’d write up a little comparison of the two. Continue Reading…

I’ve played with this for about 30 minutes now and my instincts tell me it is a great project. It borrows from the philosophies of other popular MVC frameworks such as Ruby on Rails and Backbone.js to create a server-side tool-suite to simplify the work of modern web developers, particularly front-end developers.

It’s called Sails.js and, from the fine manual: “Sails makes it easy to build custom, enterprise-grade Node.js apps. It is designed to resemble the MVC architecture from frameworks like Ruby on Rails, but with support for the more modern, data-oriented style of web app development. …Sails is especially good for building APIs, single page apps/sites, and realtime features like chat.” Continue Reading…