Exploring Best Practices for Managing Complex Queries and User Authentication in Web Development Platforms
The State Changers session focused on discussing best practices for handling database queries, especially in the context of 'Xano' and how to effectively manage user authentication in 'Bubble'.
In terms of queries, the key advice was to approach it with simplicity, using multiple smaller queries in sequence rather than large and complex ones. This is because joins in databases introduce high dimensionality and can be challenging to keep straight mentally, whereas smaller ones are easier to manage.
Regarding user authentication and log-in/out functionality, the session explored how modern web applications store local data, such as JSON Web Tokens (JWTs), within browser local storage to remember user sessions. 'Bubble' integrates this feature, allowing users to easily manage log-in/out actions. However, with the help of tools like 'Wiz' or 'WeWeb', this functionality can be achieved without being dependent on 'Bubble'. Authentication expiration was discussed, detailing how derived tokens hold valid until expiry, at which point the user would have to manually log back in.
The session closed with an exploration of the OAuth authentication standard, and how it's implemented in platforms like Auth0 and Xano. The advantages of using third-party services were highlighted, which carry out more sophisticated authentication processes. In suivolving this, they discussed setting up flow control response structures for when authentication checks return errors.