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Mastering MeteorJS Application Development

By : Arturas Lebedevas, Jebin BV
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Mastering MeteorJS Application Development

By: Arturas Lebedevas, Jebin BV

Overview of this book

The web is dead – applications now rule our online experiences. But how are you going to build them? Well, if you’ve been paying attention, you might already have tried your hand with MeteorJS, the JavaScript framework that helps you build complete full-stack web applications that are responsive and fast with ease. Mastering MeteorJS Application Development shows you how to do even more with MeteorJS – if you’re ready to try a comprehensive course through one of the most exciting frameworks in web development today, this is the book you need. Designed to take you through the entire process of building an advanced multipage application with Meteor, you’ll be able to bring your web development ideas with surprising ease. You’ll not only learn how Meteor makes web development easier, but also how you can make using Meteor easier, by automating and simplifying tasks so you can be confident you have full control of everything in your workflow – especially everything that could go wrong. From automated testing to integrating other useful frameworks such as Angular and D3, each chapter covers a crucial element in the Meteor development process. Discover how to integrate animations using Meteor’s Blaze, to give your UI designs the edge, and explore reactive programming to effectively harness RESTful systems in your projects. You will also learn how to deploy and scale your application, two crucial aspects of modern development and vital in a changing digital environment with users expecting a product and experience that delivers. With further insights on developing for mobile – and how Meteor can help you tackle the challenges of the trend – and details on incorporating SEO strategies into your application, this book isn’t just a code tutorial – it’s about creating a product that users love.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Mastering MeteorJS Application Development
About the Author
About the Reviewer

Chapter 1. Building a MeteorJS Web Application

The need for omni-presence has increased dramatically and the Web is the primary means of being really omni-present. This has led to tremendous advancements in the technology that subsequently gave us a window to the ever-growing Web, which is browsers. To develop something interactive in the browser, we end up with the ultimate language, JavaScript. Though it is the most underestimated and misinterpreted language, it has gained enormous value in the last decade. The rise of libraries and frameworks, such as jQuery, YUI, Backbone.js, Angular.js, Ember.js, and so on, have transformed the way applications are developed today. It didn't stop there, and the language found its space in the server as well, with the introduction of Node.js. Now, the language also manages to find a warm welcome in IoT space, with the introduction of, Windows 10, and so on. This is a better time than ever to become a JavaScript developer.

There is a trend where backend, that is, the data access layer, is developed with other languages, while the whole app is rendered and managed using one of the MV* JavaScript frameworks in the browser itself. With Node.js, JavaScript applications started becoming isomorphic. Node.js is very popular because of the default asynchronous behavior. Frameworks such as Express.js helped to create isomorphic applications.

Still something was missing. Even after all these improvements, we developed applications with a lot of redundancies in terms of code. For example, data fetching, data binding, view to model reactivity, and so on, are not really that efficient. So, a group of developers gathered around and found a powerful solution called MeteorJS. This book is about mastering your skill to develop applications using MeteorJS.

In this chapter, we will learn the following parts of MeteorJS by developing an application:

  • MeteorJS internals and working principles

  • How to build a customized login solution

  • How to create routes, templates, and layouts

  • Handling forms from the template handlers

  • Persisting the data to a database

  • Data handling between the client and server and reactive variables

  • How to use multiple layouts in the application