I am making an auction application that will run on iOS/Android and the also the web if logged in through a browser. The key feature here is that it will need to be pretty much real time, just like eBay.

I am having a difficult time coming up with a solution for which backend to use, I have used Django in the past along with the Django REST framework for serving mobile devices. For static images I used an S3 bucket to store and keep references to the images in the Django DB (mySQL).

Given that this auction app will need to be fairly real time, I was thinking of using Node, angular, mongodb and express (MEAN) along with featherless and socket.io for real time updates and REST queries.

Now, I wanted to know whether this is a good approach or not, is there a better way of setting up the backend by using something that I am not aware of?

I would like to keep all of the business side logic on the server, would Node be good for that? In Django, I was able to do quite a lot of server side logic in python which was a real plus, but I'm not sure if I can get the same flexibility with Node.

Some other options are firebase by Google, which are fairly real time, but I lack the knowledge to incorporate them into a web app.

I will be using AWS but I don't mind switching to another service if there is need.

Any tips are appreciated, thanks.

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    "I would like to keep all of the business side logic on the server" - forget "like", you must. Since you are going with Angular, then Node.Js sounds like a good decision, unless you are already a PHP coder. Personally, I would not use a NoSql solution; I would go with MySql (perhaps Sqlite).
    – Mawg
    May 11, 2017 at 8:07
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    @Mawg It looks like we will be going with PHP and laravel/lumen. We were going to work with firebase but it isn't a relational database and it would make queries a huge pain.
    – return0
    May 11, 2017 at 23:08
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    You might want to post that as an answer, and accept it. If you did the research & made that decision, explaining it could help others in future.
    – Mawg
    May 12, 2017 at 6:44

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You mentioned in the Feathers Slack channel you were interested in Feathers. Ben Awad has a detailed and ongoing YouTube series about building a silent auction app with FeathersJS. Would that be useful?


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