All you need to know about Firestore: A cheatsheetAll you need to know about Firestore: A cheatsheetDeveloper Advocate, GoogleProduct Manager

Firestore is a Document-model database. All of your data is stored in “documents” and then “collections”.  You can think of a document as a JSON object. It’s a dictionary with a set of key-value mappings, where the values can be several different supported data types including strings, numbers or binary values..

These documents are stored in collections. Documents can’t directly contain other documents, but they can point to subcollections that contain other documents, which can point to subcollections, and so on. This structure brings with it a number of advantages. For starters, all queries that you make are shallow, meaning that you can grab a document without worrying about grabbing all the data underneath it. And this means that you can structure your data hierarchically in a way that makes sense to you logically, without having to worry about grabbing tons of unnecessary data. 

How to use Firestore?

Firestore can be used in two modes:

  • Firestore in Native Mode:  This mode is differentiated by its ability to directly connect your web & mobile app to Firestore. Native Mode supports up to 10K writes per second, and over a million connections. 
  • Firestore in Datastore Mode: This mode supports only server-side usage of Firestore, but supports unlimited scaling, including writes. 


Whatever your application use case may be, if you want to build a feature or an application quickly using Firestore backend-as-a-service. For a more in-depth look into Firestore check out the documentation.

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