Web Programming TutorialsGetting Acquainted with MeteorJS

Getting Acquainted with MeteorJS

JavaScript is a development language designed for use in browsers. We’ve been talking a lot recently about Java, which is distinct from JavaScript and jQuery. The main things to remember here is that JavaScript is used for web development and is mainly used for development in browsers and servers. Java, meanwhile, is a language that functions in application-based projects. jQuery, meanwhile, is a script extension library for JavaScript, which means that it doesn’t actually function on its own without JavaScript’s support. Another interesting note is that, because JavaScript can be used with a program called Node.js, it can be used for both front-end user based development and back-end server side programming tasks. In this article, we’re going to talk about Meteor, which can really help when you’re trying to write complex code. We’ll talk about what Meteor is, how it works, what it can do, and how it can help you create interesting and powerful code.

What is Meteor?What is Meteor

MeteorJS is a comprehensive JavaScript framework that supports a templating engine and form processing (including data processing and collections) and generally provides all the facilities you need to build a complete front end JavaScript app for both mobile and desktop platforms. It’s built on top of Node.js, which means that it can be used to support both front and back end development. The real benefit of using MeteorJS is that it functions in real-time and it can develop simultaneous content for both mobile and non-mobile devices.

Features of MeteorFeatures of Meteor

In addition to what I’ve outlined already, some of its key features are that it supports syntax suggar such as CoffeeScript and LiveScript, it uses an Isomorphic code that can be shared between the client and server, it has its own unique packaging system called Atmosphere, which also supports Isomorphic code, and it’s easy to deploy on both mobile and non-mobile devices.

Another benefit of using MeteorJS is that its community is very active and supportive. There are a lot of people out there who are passionate about using Meteor and helping other use it as well. Finding support or help on various Meteor topics is pretty easy, and you just need to go to any number of support sites or forums to find someone who might be able to give you a hand. Finally, another important feature of Meteor is that it has a built-in front-end solution, which means that you won’t need to use external programs like Angular or Ember.


Meteor is for everyone
As I mentioned a little already, it has a very strong and supportive community. This really makes it a lot easier for new users to get into. Additionally, it’s a framework that’s very easy to learn, but that doesn’t keep it from being complex and powerful in its higher-level applications. Meteor is also very adaptable in that it can be used for both front and back end development. Obviously, it’s not possible for one framework to fit literally every situation, but Meteor is certainly a dynamic system framework that many people can put to good use.

How to install MeteorHow to install Meteor

Installing Meteor is a fairly simple process – generally, just go to the Meteor website (https://www.meteor.com/install) and follow the instructions there. You can download an installer tool from their website, which will give you all the relevant files you need. The website also features tutorials you can use to get started if you’re not already familiar with how Meteor works.

Awesome open-source apps
There are some cool open-source MeteorJS apps out there that you can use as a beginner to get started. I’ll list a few of them here and provide links to them as well.

  • The first is Ralph Chat, which is a free chat app that functions in a browser. It was built by someone who was learning to use Meteor, so looking at its source code here might be useful for a beginner.
  • The next app is Songroll Sky, which is sort of an experimental app. It lets you listen to music, watch videos, and chat with people from all over the world all in the same browser-based system. Songroll can be found here.
  • fm is a very simple app that lets you listen to tracks that you collect from Soundcloud, Hype Machine, and Exfm. Myfaves.fm can be found here: https://github.com/plapier/myfaves.fm. HTML to Jade is an app that, just like it says, converts HTML to Jade. It also features handlebar support, and can be found here.
  • The last app we’ll talk about here is Microscope, which is a simple social media app that lets you share, like, comment and vote on items that appear in a descending view order that you and your friends can see. Microscope can be found here.

All of these apps give you a good idea of what can be done with Meteor.

Helpful resources to help with your app
As I mentioned before, there are quite a few support places to find help with Meteor. A few of these are the official tutorial that I linked earlier, Stack Overflow, a forum where you can ask questions, the official Meteor forums, and GitHub, which is a repository with the source code for MeteorJS and many other things.

Hopefully, this article can help you get started with Meteor. It’s a powerful tool and a great resource for anyone who would like to accomplish web development tasks that are simple or complex. It’s especially useful in situations where you want to make sure that your front-end development is accessible by people who are using different browsers or both mobile and non-mobile devices. It’s also useful for simplifying your development structure so that it’s easy to maintain, which can save on upkeep costs and maintenance later.


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