What I’ve Loved, Learning MeteorJS
While I am a front-end developer I have become quite comfortable with building Ruby on Rails apps. MeteorJS is similar in that it is a full stack development framework. It’s very easy to get a new project created and running just like with Ruby on Rails. It even has it’s own packages which can be found on Atmosphere which could be considered to be similar to Ruby’s Gems and are just as easily added to the project.
MeteorJS’ live updating is a joy to behold and was one of the many little ‘wow’ moments I had when I saw it happen in real time. Having a bunch of different devices connected to my localhost then making a change on one and to see them all update instantly made me more giddy than I should really make publicly known.
I was surprised to find out that MeteorJS has a very strong community, good documentation and plenty of other material out there (Although I have seen a few Stack Overflow questions that needed updating since MeteorJS has changed quite a bit before it hit it’s recent v1.0 release) and the MeteorJS London Meetup was fully booked with over double as many people on the waiting list. That’s feels impressive to me for such a young technology.
Lastly, MeteorJS has simply been fun, relatively easy to learn so far and fast to get started with new projects. As I was halfway through my reading I decided to stop what I was doing and just put myself to the test. I created a new, very basic todo app and I was incredibly happy with what I had built with just what I could remember and without the aid of any learning materials. For me this is the biggest positive MeteorJS could have on me.
I have no doubt there will be plenty more benefits to MeteorJS as I become more knowledgeable about the framework but just for now, in this short week, these have been some that have stuck out for me.
MeteorJS Learning Material
I wanted to take the opportunity to list a few learning materials that I have found very useful in the last week and a bit. Some are free, some aren’t but I believe your money will be well spent.
Your First Meteor Application
This is a short book that I picked up very cheaply on Amazon but you can get even more cheaply (free!) online. It doesn’t go into too much detail but it was more than enough to peak my interest and dive deeper in. http://meteortips.com/book/introduction
This online resource gets listed in several places and was my next step. It covers many more aspects of MeteorJS and was a worthwhile read, one I will probably read through multiple times due its sidebars (extended reading). https://www.discovermeteor.com
If reading is not your thing then Evented Mind is more likely to be right up your street. It’s not free but has several hours of screencasts. The videos are still being updated, as of writing the latest being Feb 28th 2015. However MeteorJS development moves fast and there are videos that may be out of date. https://www.eventedmind.com
The MeteorJS documentation has been very useful for getting more information and having an understanding of what some of the packages such as Accounts-Password-UI abstract away. http://docs.meteor.com/#/full
Percolate Studio Blog
A great collection of MeteorJS blog posts. http://blog.percolatestudio.com
So far I am not regretting my decision to learn MeteorJS and there’s still plenty to learn and do. One week is nowhere near enough time to become an expert in anything but I feel I am currently on the right track. Here’s a few things I plan to do shortly:
Continue to learn more of MeteorJS and it’s various aspects fully. Hopefully this’ll mean I will be able to write more about what I learn with a little more authority.
Try ReactJS with MeteorJS instead of MeteorJS’ default templating solution, Blaze. It’s not that I don’t like Blaze, it seems perfectly fine but I would like to learn ReactJS also and you know, two birds, one stone.
Build a new MeteorJS app based on an old Ruby on Rails app I built several years ago called Checkr, it’s a little crude but it was a great learning experience.