Mastering Meteor: Reactive Full Stack JavaScript
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Mastering Meteor: Reactive Full Stack JavaScript

Master one of the most exciting full-stack JavaScript platforms to build powerful, reactive applications
3.7 (48 ratings)
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528 students enrolled
Created by Packt Publishing
Last updated 1/2016
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Develop a complex, feature-rich application ready for production by the end of the video
  • Define dynamic layouts and implement single page routing for smooth, responsive applications
  • Secure your application by implementing authentication and securing data on the server
  • Publish database information from collections to expose it from the server
  • Build reactive templates and reusable components using Spacebars
  • Work with helpers and events to make applications dynamic and reactive to user activity
  • Test with Cucumber and Jasmine, employing continuous integration testing
  • Integrate a third-party framework like PayPal
  • Deploy your application on various platforms: locally from the Meteor server and as an Amazon instance
  • Incorporate RESTful service endpoints to connect to external services
  • Troubleshoot development on the client and server
Course content
Expand all 37 lectures 03:14:05
+ Introduction and Structure
3 lectures 09:35

This video will offer an overview of the course.

Preview 01:47

Understanding what makes Meteor different and explaining web sockets and reactivity.

What Is Meteor?

A folder setup can be almost anything. We show a proven structure.

+ Routing and Layout
3 lectures 15:43

Understanding single page applications

Preview 01:18

We set up routing so that our sample application can use URLs

Routing URLs

Sometimes, it is necessary to deviate from the route

Callback Methods
+ Roles and Authorization
3 lectures 27:18

Without authorizing, our application is insecure. So, secure the application.

Preview 08:15

More information than just an e-mail is required from the user. Add profile information.

User Profile and Avatars

Specific areas of the application should be accessible to administrators only.

Add Roles and Authorization
+ Collections and Publications
3 lectures 22:07

Without collections, you can't make any data persist. So add collections.

Preview 06:38

Database functions performed from the client are not secure. Add methods to the server.

Forcing Server-side Operations

Applying additional information to every query is necessary. Add a hook before an insert.

Hooks, Helpers, and Relationships
+ Subscriptions and Queries
3 lectures 14:50

Templates are not modular, but they still need a route to get the data context

Preview 04:51

Listing products shows all products

Route-based Subscriptions

We have a more complex filter

Complex Query Syntax
+ Templates and Spacebars
4 lectures 19:34

Adding dynamic variables in a template requires a handlebars type language.

Preview 06:19

Some elements can repeat throughout the application.

Reusable Components

Replacing template data dynamically requires helpers.

Helper Functions

Managing application state can help to make the application more responsive.

Using Variables for Application State
+ Helpers and Events
3 lectures 13:09

Templates use dynamic placeholders

Preview 03:57

Define where to place any template callbacks

Best Practices

Where should we intercept events within the application?

Template Events
+ Server Methods
4 lectures 19:41

Database interaction is not secure when done from the client

Preview 03:06

Methods should incorporate some permissions logic

Securing Data on the Server

Before invoking a server method, you should validate the data coming in


Create, read, update, and delete are all common functions applied to a collection

CRUD Functions
+ Testing Your Application
2 lectures 08:05

There are several testing frameworks to choose from

Preview 03:18

Testing your application is only useful with useful tests

Writing Useful Tests
+ Deploying Your Application
4 lectures 14:08

Building a Meteor application is most quickly facilitated by developing locally first

Preview 04:06

Testing on the Internet would normally require you to purchase hosting and a domain

Deploying to the Meteor Server

Deploy to an enterprise-level hosting provider

Deploying to the Amazon EC2 Instance

Making changes and hot code push

Update Your Deployed Application
  • All that is expected is a working knowledge of JavaScript.

Meteor is a powerful platform that enables end-to-end, client and server-side web application development entirely in JavaScript. It enters as an alternative to popular full-stack options such as MEAN and offers developers the opportunity to vastly simplify development concerns while building applications on the run. Meteor's reactive approach to development makes good to create real-time applications with, and the platform provides an excellent option for deployment to mobile.

This course gets right under the hood of the Meteor platform, demonstrating how to take advantage of its powerful development engine to build exciting, versatile applications.

We start by carefully designing an application structure, building a single page layout with multipage routing, and adding authentication. We’ll expose database data, and then look at how to work with subscriptions and queries. Then, we dive into the options for templating, with a look at dynamic Blaze templates and the Spacebars templating language. You’ll learn event handling and then test our application using Cucumber and Jasmine. After that, we deploy our application locally on the Meteor server, and then to Amazon to set it up for frequent updates and hot code deployment. Finally, you’ll learn how to work with third-party integrations, and set up REST endpoints to interact with other external services such as PayPal.

This course will help you to work at your own pace while mastering the patterns used to define all of the critical pieces of a web application.

About The Author

George Mcknight started programming as a hobby with his brother in 1983, and began working in the software industry in 1994.

He currently works as V.P. Product Development for a multinational integration company, which has built over 200 corporate web applications since 2008.

He hosts an instructional Meteor YouTube channel, with over 3,700 subscribers, and more than 220,000 views.

Who this course is for:
  • If you've already played around with Meteor and want to take that next step toward building complex, feature-rich applications with the platform, this course gives you that opportunity.