In a way, it is. Meteor has been built on concepts from other frameworks and libraries in a way that makes it easy to prototype applications. Essentially, it makes web development easier. It’s flexible and requires less code, which means less bugs and typically a higher quality and more stable end result.
Meteor is easy to learn and quick to build with—making it a new favorite for many developers. So what are the top things that make this framework a favorite? Let's take a look at the best reasons to build with Meteor.
Some say that Meteor has too many features. Renowned author and innovator Arthur C. Clarke said:
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
Agree with Clarke’s point of view or not, many believed Rails to be “magic” when it first emerged. Yet today there is a vibrant and thriving business structure around Rails.
Other people believe Meteor makes it too easy to build web applications. Yes, to achieve an end-result with Meteor compared to other frameworks typically involves less code. (However, less shouldn’t necessarily be equated with easy.) Nonetheless, less code generally means less time involved. With that, there is more time and resources to dedicate for other parts of business. Furthermore, less code means less liability in the long run for businesses.
Some prefer frameworks with rules and structure. However, there are plenty of dev languages and frameworks that have evolved as we learn about programming, and best ways to do it. We actually have increased flexibility to explore these ideas with Meteor. Nevertheless, there are many resources on Meteor "best practices". But, ultimately the individual decides which to adopt.
Scaling comes down to your app and how it manages data. It is not a problem for Meteor web applications alone. Scaling is an issue that can be found across languages and frameworks.
However, Meteor has some advantages when it comes to scaling because of its reliance on DDP. With DDP, one can easily separate out and build a new system that just has to adhere to the API for DDP to work with a Meteor app. This means that when the time comes, it easier to swap out node for other backends.
Still, while building Meteor apps there needs to be diligence on behalf of the developer to only put relevant data into the publication rather than publishing everything. And fortunately, there are tools available like meteorhacks:aggregate to help with Mongo aggregation.
Meteor makes is possible for a single person to build and launch entire projects quickly and painlessly. It's what web development should've always been like!Sacha Greif Co-Founder, Discover Meteor
We build our Meteor apps in half the time compared to other frameworks we used to use, and with far superior user experience. It has been a game changer for our startup!Ry Walker Founder, Astronomer
I knew Meteor was special from the moment I saw it in action. It has fundamentally changed how I approach and build software for the web now.Josh Owens Founder, Meteor Club