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Meteor review by Erik U.
Erik U.
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"Most complette Javascript full-stack development framework and toolchain"

What do you like best?

Meteor provides an easy to setup full stack development framework.

Developers can choose what to use for front-end development: from Meteor native Blaze view layer to Angular and React.

Samples and tutorials provide a good base to get started in minutes.

Included support for Cordova enables building apps for both iOS and Android.

What do you dislike?

Developers need to take in account there is heavy ongoing development on several opensource projects included in this framework.

For market-ready products some time must be dedicated to review and assesment of utilized opensource modules.

Even if Meteor can be installed on Windows keep in mind that Windows PCs are still handicapped for modern full-stack developmnet.

Enterprise requirements for RDBMS can represent some blocking issues, but this should get improved with Apollo stack as the data stack for modern apps.

Support for Electron.js to buld desktop apps could be another plus for the Meteor framework.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's worth trying Meteor on some project that requires a vertical prototype (PoC). In most cases it will be the tool that will save you time (and money) but it is likley your prototype will evolve in a product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our challange is building an iOS and Android app quickly and with limited developer resources.

Meteor combined with Npm and its rich ecosystem of Javascript and Node.js libraries allows developers fast prototyping and unprecedented time-to-market for websites, APIs and mobile apps on both iOS and Android.

Challange remains convincing teams of developers and decision-makers that Javascript is one of best directions. All major corporations have allready realized this (just have a look at JS-based code editors/IDEs from GitHub, Microsoft, Facebook, Adobe ... ).

Meteor provides an easy way to start an ongoing invesment in full stack developmnet where knowledge of Javascript can be employed to develop anything from REST APIs to websites and apps.

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Meteor review by Guido G.
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"Real-time app in action"

What do you like best?

Meteor is a framework that allows the rapid development of applications, which can be deployed on the dominant platforms (web, ios, android). Its integration with MongoDB facilitates data storage and uses Distributed Data Protocol and a publish-subscribe pattern to automatically send any changes to the client without the need for the developer to write some synchronization code or client refresh. In the client, Meteor depends on jQuery and can be used with any library for graphical interfaces with JavaScript.

What do you dislike?

Being based on Node.js, we depend that it is installed on the server computer for its operation, therefore, applications made with Meteor can not be deployed on traditional web servers. This increases operating and commissioning costs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You must consider that meteor is a framework that is constantly evolving, so it is necessary to keep up to date in knowledge. If you give it a try, you will not regret it, it's best to create real-time applications.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Having a real-time application, clients do not need to reload the page to have the latest content, this is particularly desirable in companies where up-to-date information is their priority. Imagine that in company X have an activity control system, where the current activities should be reported to the immediate leader / leader, the leader / leader should not reload the page to find out what the staff on his team is, it will simply remain In the application and every time you look it will have the updated information. At least apply this in a freelance project

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Meteor review by Tyler M.
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"Meteor in light of 1.3 - Going Forward"

What do you like best?

Ease of configuration, especially since the introduction of native NPM modules in 1.3. Definitely a nice change from having to take the time to wrap the packages. Ease of OAuth configuration is also an absolute pleasure. Having Mongo as the DB is great for the number of projects I do which rely heavily on GTFS/geospacial data - combined with meteors reactivity, it can speed up development time on these projects immensely.

What do you dislike?

The direction MDG is taking Meteor - particularly in the scrapping plans for Postgres support in n favour of GraphQL.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you jumped on the Meteor bandwagon with the hopes that the rumours of SQL support coming were true, steer clear. I honestly do not agree with MDGs decision to entirely scrap the idea of building Postgres support in favour of GraphQL-like support. A number of changes in 1.3 have actually caused me to reconsider using Meteor in favour of Pyramid for certain projects going forward.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Speed of development by far the biggest. Being able to cut development time almost in half is huge for a company our size, and the workload we acquire. An active and supportive community is also very reassuring, and a big bonus as well, as we are also a company primarily consisted of Jr Devs.

Meteor review by Adam H.
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"Fun with meteor"

What do you like best?

Fast and easy to get started. I can implement new features and make changes to my existing code base very quickly. Meteor is very opinionated, but because it was built on nodejs, you have the entire catalog of NPM at your fingertips.

Meteor is also incredibly easy to learn.

It's an SPA framework, so it shifts a lot of the computational power away from my server and onto my user's device. This is great because I can spin up a tiny VM and still serve plenty of users.

What do you dislike?

It's too closely tied to mongodb. I could use npm to import other db drivers like postgres, but I would lose a lot of the native support for mongodb that meteor baked in (e.g. minimongo on the client, meteor accounts, etc.).

Some people don't like Blaze (the reactive front-end templating system that comes with Meteor), but I personally love it. Also, meteor does integrate well with angular and react.

It's a bit of a memory hog. An idle server requires 200-300mb of RAM. Furthermore, you need to be careful what you "publish/subscribe". My understanding is that anything you "publish" from your server gets put into RAM, so if you have a lot of users who are subscribing, you'll quickly blow through the memory on your server.

The phonegap integration is great, but it's done some handwaving to achieve the appearance of a native integration. When you run into a problem, you have to learn "the Meteor way of doing things" to fix your problem rather than relying on the plethora of phonegap build solutions you can easily find on stackoverflow.

Recommendations to others considering the product

One additional comment. Meteor is very young (it just released v1.0 roughly a year or so prior to the writing of this review). For that reason, it is constantly changing things. For instance, a few months ago, they announced they were dropping support for Blaze (their reactive templating engine) in favor of react, only to recant a few weeks later after significant community backlash.

Also, they've been promising things like native SQL integration for months but haven't delivered.

It can sometimes be frustrating as a developer for the future of the framework to be developed SOMEWHAT in the dark. I say somewhat because they do have a Trello board and are pretty good at communicating with the community.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Speed, speed, speed.

Meteor allows me to spin up new features and apps incredibly quickly. It may not be the best choice for a large team of distributed engineers, but for small teams it's incredibly valuable!

Meteor review by David H.
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"1 Year of Using Meteor to build web apps"

What do you like best?

The best feature of Meteor is hands down the triple-binding it offers by default. Where other frameworks have two-way binding between the views and their controllers (in this case html files and JS logic), Meteor takes this one step further and allows you to bind views, controllers, and datastores. Essentially this boils down to saving database queries to a variable.

In practice you might have an information store. In Meteor you can say "var x = my_datastore.fetch_contents()" This variable is now bound between the controller and the mongo database in Meteor such that they are always in sync. Further, if you make x editable by the client through the view Meteor handles a lot of basic state saving to keep all three in sync.

What do you dislike?

Not a good tool for rapid prototyping. Every change can take seconds to tens of seconds to reload. Further the native templating language is horrible. UI work with basic Meteor is painful and cumbersome. Thankfully Meteor allows the user to choose a UI framework of their choice. I would definitely recommend dropping the native blaze templating methodology in favor of something like React or AngularJS.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Why not, could be awesome! :)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Currently using Meteor to build apps for clients of all types. They need secure, stable, webapps that can be run across devices and even on embedded touchscreens. Meteor provides them a standard deployment procedure that makes it quick to handle deployments over different devices. Meteor is absolutely fantastic for small teams making big products.

Meteor review by Robert B.
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"Solid Platform for any JavaScript Application"

What do you like best?

1.) Batteries-included data stack. No need to implement custom realtime synchronization or handle optimistic updates yourself, Meteor uses it's Livedata Protocol to offer a hassle-free realtime data solution that relies on MongoDB for data storage.

2.) JavaScript like it's supposed to be. With Meteor 1.3 and it's NPM integration, there's now absolutely no overhead to using the popular package manager, thus allowing all JavaScript libraries to be used on the server as well as the client side. No need for a configuration-heavy alternative like Webpack.

3.) Not Only Rapid Development. Although Meteor is the go-to framework for prototyping since it's very easy to get started with development and there's no need for much boilerplate, the platform goes a step further to ensure that your applications can be made future-proof, with many guidelines driven by the community and native testing support coming in Meteor 1.3.

4.) Backwards-Compatible Updates. Even though the platform is rapidly evolving, the developers always take good care of applications written for previous versions. This means that you can start writing your app today and even though the platform most probably will change certain preferences in terms of what the default view layers, data stacks, etc. should be, your applications that rely on the previous technologies will continue to work just fine in years to come.

What do you dislike?

1.) Rapid Evolvement. The platform evolves so quickly that Meteor apps from one year ago look completely different and new applications follow entirely different guidelines, which can result in difficult decisions in terms of what technologies to rely on and whether or not you want to go through the hassle of changing in order to go with the currently suggested stack. However, this issue is mitigated somewhat by the fact that no matter what technologies you go for, Meteor always makes sure that it stays backwards-compatible so you can be sure that it will continue to work.

2.) Enforced Realtime. Currently (as of Meteor 1.3) there's no way to make realtime data selective and turn it off for certain pages, i.e. if you'd like to create a more static experience and live data synchronization is not really a priority for you, Meteor doesn't provide a guideline for how you would handle that situation. This can be an issue in terms of scalability, as continuous connections cost a lot more than the good old request-response model.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you write an application from scratch, there's no reason not to go with Meteor. Many guides are available that simplify the learning curve, and the aspects of the platform that seem magic at first will very rapidly start to become very logic and obvious.

As of the day of this writing (March 2016), I suggest using the Meteor 1.3 release candidate in order to get access to upcoming features like ECMAScript 6 Modules, and I can also recommend the usage of React as the component layer.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were using Meteor for the prototype of a product of ours, and currently are using Meteor for a web application written from scratch for a customer. The reasons listed above really sold the framework and the development team (including me) are very satisfied with our choice. We use Meteor in conjunction with React and the integration works like a charm.

Meteor review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Meteor, a (young) node framework"

What do you like best?

One of the best part of meteor is it's modernity, on the tech side, it's using node with blaze for templating, mongo for the database. But the best part is the packages! There is a LOT of packages for meteor, for routing to editors, well, everything, you can also use NPM packages which is nice, even better, with meteor 1.3, they will work out of the box.

What do you dislike?

A lot of people like the hot reload, and it's nice if the project is small or if you have a mac (it's fast on osx, don't know why). But on Linux it can be sometime really slow. An other problem is the poor support for Windows, and finally, the fact that the framework is young mean you can sometime have strange bugs

Also as a sysadmin, it's really easy to deploy meteor with meteor up!

For me the product will get better if enough time, and with the additions of new component like react for exemple, it's really ahead of is time!

Recommendations to others considering the product

You should really know about javascript before switching to node js

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I do with meteor most of my client websites, I've done a lot of community website, some business presentation website and I'm currently even doing an e-commerce website.

I've also used meteor for an API (for an android app)

Meteor review by Enmanuel D.
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"Amazing, simple and fast development platform based on Javascript."

What do you like best?

Meteor gives you everything you'd need normally need on a development platform based on Javascript, here are some of my favorite features:

1) It has already auto implemented a live reload feature, so if you make a change on your html, javascript or even css code it'll automatically update the page and show you the changes, something like nodemon package or browser sync.

2) you will never have to point/require code files, static files, or files in general because meteor auto detects what is new in your app, if something changes it'll automatically include it in your app ready to be used without passing a single line of code, like an image, css files, html...

3) Meteor uses reactivity for almost everything (if not everything) on your age, so your code and app changes are reflected in real time, if you don't understand this you can think about it like sockets.

4) You can render js code easily only for selected templates without executing it in all of them, I mean, for example, you can pass a function in jquery and use it in only one template/route by calling a function like Template.mytemplate.rendered and this will automatically call the code for that template only an not all the scope, it's possible without meteor too, but I have to admit it's really easy and cleaner.

5) it has implemented handlebars with spacebars, but you can coustomize your frontend with angular or react without major problems.

6)A great commmunity, meteor has atmospherejs a great site where people upload packages ready to be used in meteor, and this is something that I love because you find almost everything herel, it has around 10.000 packages.

7 Straight to the point, when you want to start a new project you can do it by using the meteor create command and it'll give you everything ready to start coding (I'm not lying) you literally start making your app code after creating your project without configuring anything else.

8) Scalability is just amazing with meteor.

if you liked what you read until now, there are a lot of really cool features about meteor that you can find in their official website.

What do you dislike?

Some things I don't like that much about meteor are:

1) Meteor is "relatively new", it's no precisely a bad thing but it's something you can find a little bit counterproductive, why? because some tiny problems are not yet solved in stack overflow for example and you'll have to figure a way to solve it on your own (but let's face it we are programmers so we deal with this kind of situations everyday)

2) It uses a mongodb version (mini-version if I'm not wrong) included by default, if you want to use another database it's possible but sacrifices a couple of features, like reactivity in some ways, so it's something you have to take in count when developing your project structure.

3) The livereload feature can be a little be slow when you are developing (I'm not sure if it's based on your computer specs, I have an i3 PC and i5 Laptop and the performance is pretty much the same in both of them)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Meteor is great for fast development and scalability, also it works with javascript which is a plus in my personal book. If you are looking to switch to a platform with this features, I recommend you to give it a chance, you'll probably love it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are currently using meteor on a couple of projects in one of the companies I'm working on, we switched to it because it's really easy to scale and also it's really fast to develop almost anything, our team seems to like it a lot, I'm developer and it's been a charm. I'm also using it in some personal projects and I have no complaints.

Meteor review by Eddie K.
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"Meteor - A Javascript application framework to move FAST"

What do you like best?

Meteor makes it easy to build real-time applications, it has a large community with many custom packages. It supports the use of NPM packages as well. There are plenty of tutorials and posts covering a wide variety of topics.

What do you dislike?

Meteor's package system can be an impediment sometimes, but this is usually mitigated through the use of the appropriate NPM equivalent.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps build real-time applications from concept to production in very little time and allows developers to focus more on the business logic.

Meteor review by User in Research
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"Excellent Full Stack Framework"

What do you like best?

With Meteor you can develop full stack application very easily in minutes. Seriously, if you are interested in developing a Web Application with Javascript-MongoDB, Meteor is your framework to go. The Meteor community is amazing, and the support is very good. Meteor also comes with React support.

What do you dislike?

The flexibility to switch databases.

The tutorials, probably are not clear enough.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As always first analyse your problem, Meteor is a framework that allows your to implement WebApps very fast. However sometimes is better to analize the options you have and then proceed. Meteor is just another node-based framework, and you can use any modules that you like, via npm or yarn.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Developing Web Applications that are reactive and responsive with a beautiful design in mind.

Meteor review by G2 Crowd User in Computer Software
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"Great framework for quickly building rich real-time applications"

What do you like best?

It's extremely easy to get started with Meteor, and required configuration is kept to a minimum. Everything you need is either built-in or easily installable with a simply command. You're free to organize your project however you like, as Meteor gathers together all code into a single bundle. There is a large amount of help available in the community.

What do you dislike?

The framework tends to be a bit monolithic, since it combines all code together. It's a relatively closed ecosystem (although the situation is improving with NPM support). Large applications can run slowly and get unwieldy to develop due to long build times.

Meteor review by Idraki M.
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"The best full stack framework for web and mobile development "

What do you like best?

The out-of-the-box reactivity make it the best framework to be used for application. Other tools might take so much to get this reactivity as a standard

What do you dislike?

The uncertainty of MDG with the direction of the whole framework

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It enable a software development to be accomplished in a much shorter time frame, with powerful data reactivity and optimistic UI

Meteor review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"My first javascript framework that I've used and I love it"

What do you like best?

- Easy to set up

- Great tutorials and documentation

- Love the package system where you can just download whatever you need.

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What do you dislike?

- It does take some time to learn how it works but once you do, you can create apps really fast.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it at try. It is very simple to install and it has great documentation to get you started!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mobile applications. I recently made my first app ever using Meteor.

Meteor review by Agency in Information Technology and Services
Agency in Information Technology and Services
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"Easy and fast"

What do you like best?

The ability to fast prototype apps with server connection is cool.

What do you dislike?

I dont like that it takes some time to compile my application on an omser computer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it. Its awesome.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Benefits are that you can write one application in the same language on the client and server.

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