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Cloud Functions for Firebase lets you automatically run backend code in response to events triggered by Firebase features and HTTPS requests. Your code is stored in Google’s cloud and runs in a managed environment. There's no need to manage and scale your own servers.

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Key capabilities

Integrates the Firebase platform The functions you write can respond to events generated by these other Firebase and Google Cloud features:

You can integrate with third-party services by writing your own webhooks. Cloud Functions minimizes boilerplate code, making it easier to use Firebase and Google Cloud inside your function.
Zero maintenance Deploy your code to our servers with one command from the command line. After that, Firebase automatically scales up computing resources to match the usage patterns of your users. You never worry about credentials, server configuration, provisioning new servers, or decommissioning old ones.
Keeps your logic private and secure In many cases, developers prefer to control application logic on the server to avoid tampering on the client side. Also, sometimes it’s not desirable to allow that code to be reverse engineered. Cloud Functions is fully insulated from the client, so you can be sure it is private and always does exactly what you want.

How does it work?

After you write and deploy a function, Google’s servers begin to manage the function immediately, listening for events and running the function when it is triggered. As the load increases or decreases, Google responds by rapidly scaling the number of virtual server instances needed to run your function.

Lifecycle of a function

  1. The developer writes code for a new function, selecting an event provider (such as Realtime Database), and defining the conditions under which the function should execute.
  2. The developer deploys the function, and Firebase connects it to the selected event provider.
  3. When the event provider generates an event that matches the function's conditions, the code is invoked.
  4. If the function is busy handling many events, Google creates more instances to handle work faster. If the function is idle, instances are cleaned up.
  5. When the developer updates the function by deploying updated code, all instances for the old version are cleaned up and replaced by new instances.
  6. When a developer deletes the function, all instances are cleaned up, and the connection between the function and the event provider is removed.

Implementation path

Set up Cloud Functions Install the Firebase CLI and initialize Cloud Functions in your Firebase project.
Write functions Write JavaScript code to handle events from Firebase services, Google Cloud services, or other event providers.
Deploy and monitor Deploy your functions using the Firebase CLI. You can use the Firebase console to view and search through your logs.

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