Realm provides SDKs that help you connect your client apps to the Atlas App Services backend. The SDK provides the functionality needed to authenticate users with any of the built-in Authentication providers, call Atlas Functions, and directly access a MongoDB database.
When using the SDK to access the App Services backend, you start with an
App object. This object provides all other functionality related to
App Services. The
App object is
initialized with the App ID, which you can
find in the App Services UI.
To learn how to initialize the App client, see Connect to an Atlas App Services Backend - Node.js SDK.
One of the most challenging aspects of client development is implementing a robust and secure authentication system. With the Realm SDKs, however, you can use any of the App Services authentication providers with very minimal backend setup or client-side code required. With the authentication APIs, you can implement the following functionality:
Creation of new user accounts
User log-in and log-out
Multiple users logged on at the same time on the same device
Linking user accounts from different providers
Providing custom user data
To learn how to set up authentication with different providers, see Authenticate Users - Node.js SDK.
To learn how to manage multiple users, see Multi-User Applications - Node.js SDK.
To learn how to link user accounts, see Link User Identities - Node.js SDK.
To learn how to provide custom user data, see Access Custom User Data - Node.js SDK.
Functions enable you to define and execute server-side logic for your application. You can call these functions from your client applications via the Realm SDKs. These server-side functions can run under the context of the authenticated user, and thus honor the rules, roles, and permissions that you have assigned to your collections.
By using Functions, you provide a secure way for a variety of client applications to share complex functionality without having to reproduce that logic client-side.
To learn how to call functions, see Call a Function.
The Realm SDKs include APIs for accessing a MongoDB Atlas instance directly. With these APIs, you can perform all of the standard CRUD operations from your client. For security, you configure server-side data access rules to dynamically determine read & write permissions for every object that is accessed.
To learn how to use the MongoDB APIs, see Query MongoDB.