This tool is an easy to use coding platform with cross-platform compatibility. Developers can utilize one language for web, Android and iOS applications reducing the hassle of writing thousands of lines of coding.
This platform allows you to make web applications similar to Facebook or Twitter, complete with posting, voting and commenting features. The cross-platform functionality makes it easier for the developer to make his/her app available to millions of users worldwide. Users can collaborate seamlessly, reducing the development time from weeks to just a few hours.
It doesn’t send HTML over the network instead the server sends data and lets the client render it. With this new open source platform you can access your database from the client or the server. There is no need of deploying API endpoints in the cloud or manage a database. The client pre-fetches data and simulates models to make it look like a server, resulting in very low latencies across all platforms.
It has been easier to integrate with existing open-source tools and framework but Meteor makes it as simple as browsing the web. The simple and easy-to-understand APIs is just what the developer needs. You can make your own application on a weekend or a caffeine driven Hackathon. A reactive programming model extends all the way from database to the user’s screen resulting in writing 10 times less lines of code than before.
The Unified package system of Meteor is a ground breaking platform that works identically on browsers, servers and mobile devices. Users can publish their application with just one command instead of individually publish it through the Play Store or App Store.
At the time of writing, there have been 316,000 installs, 12,572 questions asked on Stack Overflow, 5,776 packages available and 14 professional service providers with Meteor. It is a big community spread across the world with more than 35,000 members. Regular meetups has allowed the community to expand across 210 cities in 74 countries.
For the first time, Meteor has arranged a meetup through Google Hangouts in Africa. Rahul Choudhry, a well-known Meteor expert gave guidance to fellow community members in Casablanca and talked about in-depth functionality of using Meteor. A lot of members attended the meetup and learned a great deal of knowledge from the expert.
You can develop your own Meteor app in 12 easy steps:
- Installing Meteor
- Meteor supports Windows, Mac and Linux. Download and install the latest version of Meteor to get started.
- Creating an app
- It’s time to create your own app through the terminal. You can use the trial and error method by simply checking the app on your browser.
- You can make use of pre-defined templates and modify them according to your liking.
- Collections are Meteor’s way of storing persistent data. The special thing about collections in Meteor is that they can be accessed from both the server and the client, making it easy to write view logic without having to write a lot of server code.
- Forms and events
- Developers can add different HTML forms and events to their app.
- Update and remove
- Update and remove different documents you have inserted in your application.
- Deploying your app
- Once completed, it’s time to deploy your app on the internet and get some feedback.
- Running on mobile
- Once you are satisfied with your web app, it is time to optimize it for mobile (Android and iOS).
- Temporary UI state
- In this step, you’ll add a client-side data filtering feature to your app.
- Adding user accounts
- Meteor comes with an accounts system and a drop-in login user interface that lets you add multi-user functionality to your app in minutes.
- Security with methods
- It’s time to set permissions to user accounts so no one alters anything without your consent.
- Publish and Subscribe
- Publish and subscribe to your app. You can also change what data the server sends to the client. This is particularly important for users who are concerned about privacy data.
It takes just 12 steps to develop your application using Meteor. It is an ideal platform for any beginner and with a very friendly community, you never run out of helping hands to polish your application. Within a few days you will be able to publish your app on the web, Android and iOS using Meteor.