Serverless Logic with Realm: Introducing Realm Functions
Today we’re announcing Realm Functions, a new part of Realm that makes building server-side functionality a lot easier for mobile developers. Now, you can make server-side features without enlisting backend developers, plus you get all the benefits of building on top of the Realm Mobile Platform: you don’t need to add another endpoint to a server, and then write the serialization and networking code that would let you connect with it. You just connect your app to Realm, write a Realm Function in your web dashboard, and watch your code execute reactively as data streams in. Today’s release is a beta, and it’s available today to everyone, whether you’re building an app in an enterprise-scale team or for a small side project.
Performant data storage and realtime data synchronization are important parts of building a great app, but there’s an endless world of possibilities when you can add custom logic to your server. You can write functionality that needs to be protected from tampering, call and coordinate countless other APIs, or use your app’s aggregated data to power machine learning systems. Unfortunately, sophisticated server-side features are hard to build, and hard to integrate with your mobile apps. Even a basic streaming API requires lots of work from the backend developers who will build out the server-side code, and a lot of attention and maintenance so that your apps and server can communicate the data your users need.
Write code that does work, not code that makes work
Realm is deeply committed to getting rid of the roadblocks between you and great apps — and up until now, the bulk of our work has revolved around data. The data you work with in your apps should be easy to save, easy to sync, and easy to respond to as it changes — wherever it changes, and whoever changes it. With Realm Functions, we aim to make it just as easy to create the logic that your app is built on so that you can focus on delivering hard, important features.
Try out Realm Functions
Task object. Check out the video, and continue below to get started yourself.
To try it out yourself, just head over to our Realm Tasks repository and follow the instructions there to get started with the Realm Mobile Platform and Realm Functions. Or if you’d like, you can jump right to the Realm Functions documentation.
Realm Functions is a powerful way to add server-side logic to your app through a simple web interface. All Realm Mobile Platform users get access to the Realm Functions beta, and you can start using it today. Today’s beta release lets Developer Edition users try Realm Functions for free with up to three concurrent running Functions; Pro and Enterprise Edition customers have an unlimited number of Functions they can implement. We’re excited to see what you can build using Realm Functions!