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Build Real-Time JavaScript Web Apps

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Learn Meteor and build faster & simpler web apps, as we teach you how to build a real-time Meteor app from scratch.

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What People Are Saying

“This book is a magnificent complement to the Meteor documentation, and a great option for anyone wanting to learn Meteor.”
“This book is a tremendous introduction to Meteor. I wish we had it six months ago when we started working on Meteor and Gander. Every current and potential Meteor developer should read it.”

David Wihl

Gander
“You will learn so much and get through the book so quickly that you will want to develop your own web app with Meteor in an instant. Be warned: You will be giddy with excitement at how easy it is to get stuff done with Meteor.”

Richard Bovell

Javascript Is Sexy
The level of detail put into every aspect of this book is phenomenal. It's one of the few books I own that is educational, asset-rich, beautiful, and turns something somewhat complicated into a fun adventure.”

Cory Simmons

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So What's Meteor?

Meteor is at the forefront of a new wave of frameworks that make building web apps easier, simpler, and faster.

Not only is Meteor entirely real-time (meaning any change to your database is automatically reflected live in the browser), but the fact that it uses JavaScript on both the client and server means that you won't have to juggle with multiple languages and environments anymore.

No matter your programming experience, by following our step-by-step instructions you'll be able to get your own Meteor app up and running in a matter of days!

What We're Building

Launch Demo

A real-time social news app, complete with posting, voting and commenting.

We've learned a lot building Telescope, our open-source Reddit-style app (and one of the most popular Meteor projects). Now we'll use everything we learned to show you how to build your own social news app from scratch!

What You're Getting

14 Chapters

The book's main chapters take you through building Microscope, a social news app.

11 Sidebars

In between each regular chapter, sidebars focus on a specific aspect of Meteor.

17 Notes

We answer all your questions, and make sure you don't miss what's important.

18 Diagrams

Detailed diagrams explain concepts like reactivity and latency compensation.

45 Code Commits

We provide git commits for every code change to help you follow along.

45 Live Instances

Every commit is also linked to a live demo instance of the app at this stage.

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About The Authors

Sacha Greif

Sacha Greif is a product and web designer who has worked with companies such as Hipmunk and Le Monde. He now works on open-source Meteor app Telescope, and Sidebar, a design newsletter.

Tom Coleman

Tom Coleman is part of Percolate Studio, a development shop with a focus on quality and user experience. As the co-creator of Meteorite and Atmosphere, he's also one of the most active contributors to Meteor's open-source ecosystem.

It's Time to Discover Meteor!

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Will you provide free updates?

You bet! Meteor is constantly evolving, and we will of course make sure the book is kept up to date free of charge.

What if I'm not an experienced developer?

We cover all the basics. If you know HTML, CSS, and a little bit of JavaScript, you should be able to follow along just fine.

What if I don't like the book?

If you're not satisfied with the book for any reason, contact us and we'll provide you with a full refund.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

Thanks

We'd like to thank our awesome beta readers (Chuck, Richie, Thomas, Daler, Patrick, David, and all the others) for their great feedback, Julien Chaumond for contributing to the deployment section of the book, Chris Mather for his excellent screencasts, Andrew Wilcox, Thomas Sarlandie, and of course the Meteor team for putting together such a great environment and community!

Book cover photo credit: Perseid Hunting by Darren Blackburn, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.