Welcome to the fourth edition of #FirebaserFriday!

We’re happy to introduce you to another member of the Firebase community, Kirupa Chinnathambi! He started out his journey with Firebase on a project a few years ago, needing a quick way to get user input into a database. Read on to hear the rest of his story!

An animated GIF of Kirupa Chinnathambi
An animated GIF of Kirupa Chinnathambi

Paulette McCroskey What are you working on right now?

Kirupa Chinnathambi

As the Product Manager, I spend a lot of my time exploring how to address the needs and desires many developers (like yourself!) have in a way that still makes building on Firebase easy and fun... while still being scalable!

Paulette McCroskey How did you get started with Firebase?

Kirupa Chinnathambi

For a project I was working on a few years ago, I needed a quick way to get user input into a database. I had always heard about Firebase being a great development platform that abstracts away the messy details of pulling something like this off, so I decided to use this opportunity to give Firebase a shot. I was instantly hooked with the ease-of-use, and I've been a fan of Firebase ever since.

Paulette McCroskey What 3 pieces of advice would you give yourself when you first became a developer?

Kirupa Chinnathambi

1) When stuck, there is no better time-saver than learning how to effectively search Google. 2) Development is hard. Getting stuck is inevitable and OK. Go at your own pace, learn the basics, and have fun along the way! 3) Build small apps/projects. Nothing gets you more familiar with a concept than using it as part of a larger end-to-end solution.

Paulette McCroskey What's a book / movie / TV show that you think more people should see?

Kirupa Chinnathambi

It's hard to pick just a few here, so I'm going to break the rules and make two suggestions: 1) Something fun: I'm one of those people who loves the Marvel superhero movies. More specifically, the first Iron Man. 2) Something serious: Invisibles by David Zweig. It presents a different view of success that goes against the trending narrative we see today.

Paulette McCroskey Where can we find your work?

Kirupa Chinnathambi

You can find me on Twitter here. You can also check out my blog and YouTube channel.

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