This Week in Meteor #23

by Rishi Goomar

Welcome to issue #23 of TWiM!

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Updates in Meteor Core (MDG)

ECMAScript 2015 Core Package

This ECMAScript 2015 package should be included by default in a future Meteor release (1.2) and allows you to write in the newer standards without having to do anything! No need to include a package or tell it to point to your .js files, this will do it all for you.

LESS Package Improvements

The official LESS package has had some issues when it came to importing less files from packages and stopping the tool from compiling every single .less file that it finds. This newer LESS package should release with the improved build tool. Take a look at the README in the link above to see the new usage for importing LESS files from packages. It’s something that I have definitely been waiting for.

Is Galaxy Approaching Initial Release?

This is a branch on the meteor repository that is dedicated to a release of Meteor that is meant to work well with Galaxy. I’m guessing that this means Galaxy is coming in the near future! For those of you unfamiliar with Galaxy, it is MDG’s commercial hosting solution.

Adventures in Angular ft. Uri Goldshtein

Uri Goldshtein talks about Angular integration for Meteor and Meteor itself in this podcast. He goes through a small overview of the Meteor platform and then how Angular can integrate well with it. It is a really great podcast and definitely worth listening to.

Updates in the Meteor Community

Easily Debugging Meteor.js

This is a fantastic blog post by Josh Owens that goes through various methods of debugging a Meteor application and the use cases for each. I would highly recommend reading it as it may open your eyes to debugging methods that you have not been exposed to before.

How I Develop MeteorJS Apps Part 1

This is a very detailed and very well written blog post on how to develop Meteor applications. It goes through the package-based architecture (which I think is very good) and this is only the first part. It is very long, but definitely worth the read.

FlowKey - Built on Meteor

This is an awesome video that demonstrates on very good use case for Meteor and the use of Meteor in production. I highly recommend watching it.

Writing an API

This is a fantastic tutorial by Ryan Glover AKA The Meteor Chef that goes into incredible detail about how to build an API for your Meteor application. It is very extensive and goes through a lot of features you or a consumer would want on an API. Very well written as usual.

The Dark Side of the Moon

This is a blog post that sheds a lot of negative light on Meteor. There are points that are valid, but are being fixed as we speak. I would say that you should read the blog post, then read the comments posted on crater regarding this post.

Meteor Pack

This is a limited time offer that allows you to buy various Meteor goodies at a discounted price. You can actually save quite a bit of money if you buy the packs rather than each product individually. But, there are only 2 days left to get it.

Continuous Delivery with Meteor

This is a great blog post that shows you how to utilize mup and travis-ci to continuously deliver your Meteor application. It shows you the exact configuration steps and can be very helpful for developers looking to automatically deploy.

That’s all for this week! Tune in next week for more updates in the Meteor universe.

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