I’m kind of a nobody, but I fell in love with Meteor a couple year ago. Last year, I officially retired from nearly 15 years working with PHP and committed entirely to Meteor.
After a bit of a break from the keyboard, I have returned. And, I am as confident as ever that Meteor is the right choice not only for my future, but for the future of many aspiring and experienced programmers alike.
I’ve been working my way back into my Meteor projects, but to be honest… it really does take a lot of brain space. And browser tabs!
For some reason, when I am working with Meteor, there is just such a steady stream of awesome new stuff to check out along the way that at times it can be hard to stay focused (I fire links into a to-be-read-later browser profile now).
One thing I have noticed, now as ever… is the endless debate, is Meteor super awesome? Is it still super awesome? Aren’t these other 30 shiny objects awesome tho? And, of course, the haters who couldn’t figure it out because they didn’t have Meteor Guide yet, or want to coerce it to do things they haven’t thought of yet (deal with it, I do!), etc…
Everything has problems.
When I first started exploring Meteor, I experienced a lot of breakage on my app. Lots of it was my fault, but some beyond my control. Packages that flaked out or had major version changes that seemed too much to pile on all the rest of the learning curve. Or worse yet, a Meteor update breaking the crap out of everything.
That was circa .6-.8, so who can bitch about that? I am more prone to writing an API than using an API, so for the most part I rely on very few packages anyway.
I also strive to stay as close to Meteor core as possible. It was my belief that these two methodologies would help me write more stable software.
And it did.
I got back to Meteor circa 1.0+ and got real serious about it. I really poured a lot of time into three projects in particular. I did not 1.0 any of them, but two of them are quite usable and one was… but based on autoforms which has been, for me, just too much to rely on. It breaks too much.
So, after a six month hiatus, I was pretty concerned that everything I had done before would be so broken that I would want to just trash it.
They still run great, and aside from being not having any ES6 code in them, the code is still quite nice. There are a few things here and there that are throwing stack traces that weren’t there before, but big deal.
They point is… Meteor has just gotten better. Many of the problems I had to spend hours figuring out how to solve are solved.
The undocumented features are now documented. The missing features for passing data context and state around have been ‘finished’, or at least now you can complete a full circle around your app without any weird tricks.
And, while the Guide is opinionated and in some ways that I disagree with… it’s a great compliment to the Docs. It’s a great read in general, and would be especially useful diving into Meteor for the first time.
It also shows that Meteor is striving to solve problems in the most efficient way possible and is fully open to integrating alternative options when they may prove to solve problems better, or are so popular as to be considered the One True Way (at the time). All while still maintaining Meteor Core with firm commitment.
And rightly so, because Meteor Core can be relied upon in a much more long-term fashion than can the shiny package of the day.
So, with 1.3 right around the corner… I’m really looking forward to dusting off, brushing up on ES6 & modules, and kicking some more Meteor ass in 2016.
I did a lot of research on Meteor. It took me three times to try it. This will be my third try at living it. I am confident it will define my next ten years, as well as shape our sci-fi-esque-immediate-future in immense ways.
There are a lot of imitators out there, but most of them are held together with spit and glue from a bunch of things written by several sets of disparate developers trying to equal Meteor. But Meteor is a comprehensive package, it’s finally really showing some maturity… and it’s core team is solid. There has not been a lot of turnover internally and their mission has stayed true to itself. Try to find that in a Linux distro, lol.
What is the state of Meteor?
Still awesome. And getting better.
And will one day run my spaceship.