Always heavily consider open source alternatives (something which didn’t exist for Firebase at the time… but now alternatives like Horizon and Backendless exist, for example.
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Full disclosure, I’m one of the creators but you might want to check out https://feathersjs.com/. We even had an article back in the day about how you can use Feathers as an alternative to Firebase: https://blog.feathersjs.com/using-feathersjs-as-an-open-source-alternative-to-firebase-b5d93c200cee.

Things have evolved quite a bit since then and you can do everything Firebase does but in an open source way. 😁

Thanks for writing such a great article HomeAutomation!

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