Mastering Meteor: Reactive Full Stack JavaScript

Master one of the most exciting full-stack JavaScript platforms to build powerful, reactive applications
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  • Length 3 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • All that is expected is a working knowledge of JavaScript.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • 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.

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Introduction and Structure

This video will offer an overview of the course.


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


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

Section 2: Routing and Layout

Understanding single page applications


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


Sometimes, it is necessary to deviate from the route

Section 3: Roles and Authorization

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


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


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

Section 4: Collections and Publications

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


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


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

Section 5: Subscriptions and Queries

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


Listing products shows all products


We have a more complex filter

Section 6: Templates and Spacebars

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


Some elements can repeat throughout the application.


Replacing template data dynamically requires helpers.


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

Section 7: Helpers and Events

Templates use dynamic placeholders


Define where to place any template callbacks


Where should we intercept events within the application?

Section 8: Server Methods

Database interaction is not secure when done from the client


Methods should incorporate some permissions logic


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

Section 9: Testing Your Application

There are several testing frameworks to choose from


Testing your application is only useful with useful tests

Section 10: Deploying Your Application

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


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


Deploy to an enterprise-level hosting provider


Making changes and hot code push

Section 11: Troubleshooting Meteor

Finding problems can seem difficult


Where can you look when there are problems with the server code?

Section 12: Integrating Other Frameworks

Our store needs to facilitate a checkout


Connecting to data outside of Meteor


Discussing frequently occurring issues and external resources.

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