In this Tutorial, we are going to build an eBay-style e-commerce store that we will call Garage Commerce. It will be a store where users can upload and list items they would usually put up for a Garage Sale. Authenticated users can browse through the products and buy them.
Some of the interesting topics that we will cover are as follows:
- Using AWS DynamoDB and S3 to store our product information
- Using Facebook login and AWS’s Web Identity Federation to authenticate users
- Using the UI-Router to build nested views
Backend as a Service
Backend as a Service (BaaS), sometimes also referred to as Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS), is quickly gaining popularity as it helps application developers to quickly build client-side or mobile applications without having to worry about the database or server-side part of the application.
Some of the popular BaaS services are as follows:
- Parse (https://parse.com/)free
- Firebase (https://www.firebase.com/)free
- Kinvey (http://www.kinvey.com/) free/trial
- AWS (http://aws.amazon.com/) free for 1 year
Besides providing APIs to perform CRUD and query operations on a database, most of these BaaS offer additional benefits such as easier OAuth sign on using Facebook and Google.
Firebase is a nice tool that automatically syncs data across all connected devices. AngularFire is a helper library that makes it easy to integrate Firebase with angularjs.
While AWS does not project itself as a BaaS provider, one can make use of a combination of its various services to work like a BaaS.