Build a Google Firebase Web Application (Coursera)

I want to improve my Firebase skills, so I’ve started the Build a Google Firebase Web Application course on Coursera.

I’ve had to fix a problem halfway through – the instructor’s video shows one link in Firebase to “Database”, but the current version of Firebase splits the options into two – “Firestore Database” and “Realtime Database”.

Worse yet, the firebaseConfig object automatically created when setting up the project does not include a databaseURL property needed by firebase.initializeApp(firebaseConfig), causing the script to throw an error when run:

[2022-04-30T17:23:35.218Z]  @firebase/database: FIREBASE FATAL ERROR: Can't determine Firebase Database URL.  Be sure to include databaseURL option when calling firebase.initializeApp().

I was able to figure out the problem – copy the URL from the Realtime Database page in the Firebase console:

I then added it to the firebaseConfig object:

const firebaseConfig = {
  apiKey: "AIza...",
  authDomain: "<PROJECT_NAME>",
  projectId: "<PROJECT_NAME>",
  storageBucket: "<PROJECT_NAME>",
  messagingSenderId: "12########06",
  appId: "1:12########06:web:84******************db",
  measurementId: "G-*********H",
  databaseURL: "https://<PROJECT_NAME>"

I then re-ran the script, and the database populated with the first test records. Woo-hoo!

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