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Shariq Ahmed
Shariq Ahmed

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Meteor.js — What is It?

In today’s age where people are gripped by AI’s fear, some people still talk about unpopular frameworks (sorry, not sorry) — Meteor.js. A quick Google search made me think about Meteor.js. And then…I started searching for it. And today, I am dumping down all the details here.

Okay, so Meteor.js is basically a framework that is built on top of Node.js. It was developed in 2011. But at that time, its name wasn’t Meteor.js, but Skybreak.

Anyways, Meteor.js uses Node not only on the server but also to deploy. But, it doesn’t use Node’s module-based system, it uses its own packaging system. And it’s a stretch to say that everything can be done easily using Meteor.js. But, yes. There are libraries in Meteor.js that can make your work a breeze.

But, it’s important to give credit where the credit is due. Meteor.js has this real-time updates feature that is GOLD for some social apps. It displays the changing data in the browser. Some of the websites that were built using Meteor.js include:

  1. Flowhub
  2. Forage
  3. CodeSignal
  4. Qualia
  5. Anyrun

According to the official website of Meteor.js, some benefits of using this framework include zero config, RPC APIs, real-time features, and built-in accounts. The best part? It has a cohesive framework. It also simplifies the process by giving automatic data syncing and cutting boilerplate code.

However since it has a specialized framework and a smaller ecosystem, many need help with certain functionalities or integrations. It’s also only better for small apps. But if you are a beginner and want to get a job, I wouldn’t recommend you to start learning Meteor.js. The chances of getting a job as soon as you learn Meteor.js are slim.

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