It’s a common pattern that every developer has programmed — iterate across a dataset, and update each record. How can we do that with Cloud Functions?

A simple example is to set the lastProcessed time with the current timestamp. Doing this in MySQL can be really simple UPDATE userTable SET lastProcessed = NOW(); but how do we do it in Firebase?

Iterative Update

An easy way to update a bunch of records is to fetch all records and update the lastProcessed property via a loop.

This can become fairly intensive. If you have 20 users you’re going to make 21 requests…

Michael Kimpton

FinTech / Blockchain Enthusiast

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