I must agree with @peterfkruger - popularity in this survey should matter a lot less (though, kudos to @sacha, I think State of JS is a great snapshot of everything that matters in the ecosystem). I strongly believe that it would be a huge loss if Meteor was removed from the survey.
Gosh! There are actually significant positive findings that somehow have been missed in this thread:
- In itself, the fact that Meteor made it in the survey is a big deal. There are 20+ JS frameworks available and many are not even here.
Satisfaction has actually stayed the same from 2019 to 2020, which is a good thing. Each year before it has been falling 10% or more year-on-year. So the downward trend has been stopped. Yay!
- It generates more interest than Angular (which has the whole Google machinery behind it, right?).
- Its usage has stayed almost constant in the last three years, not bad considering the chronic underinvestment until Tiny acquired it. It was basically on life support. Other frameworks that can be considered “sexier” and definitely don’t have all the past bad publicity (e.g. Svelte, Preact) have only a few percentage points over Meteor (3% and 1% respectively).
- The graphs used, though pretty, offer a distorted view. Look here for example:
Meteor’s usage has been the same or better in the last three years, while satisfaction was constant in the last two, but they appear as if in free fall. And that is because it is represented in relative terms compared to others, some of them new entries. The visualisation is misleading. Besides, I would argue that Hapi, Strapi and Gatsby have a certain degree of overlap, which muddles things further (it is often than H&G or S&G are used together in projects). One could say that Hapi and Strapi are better suited to the Data Layer section.
Riiight, now sorry for the wall of text and thanks for the patience
Happy New Year everyone and happy coding!