A new show called Transmission just hit the iTunes store. It confirms our graving for Meteor Development Group (MDG) input. Its not that there was a lack of information about whats going on in the community. It just puts more human element to MDG. Things felt a bit more to corporate. Meteor doesn’t even consider Twitter for interactivity.
Testing is officially supported and new opinionated frameworks are appearing. It has been kind of neglected for non-meteor packages. MDG put a guide article out to get us, the community, exited about the new developments. I would call that document driven development. It seems kind of orchestrated how Meteor posted and communicated their work. But that is fine with me.
Meteor and NPM
Some of the news are that Meteor 1.3 will integrate npm, if it works out. I love the idea that people outside of the existing Meteor community can be exposed to and start using Meteor core packages – with Apollo being a prime example – and the clearer package independence with community commits.
New Server Layer
Another great subject is that MDG announced to build a reactive GraphQL layer with the name: Apollo. Meteor actually cooperates with Facebook and seem to get something really going here. This is big news! It’s designed to be database agnostic so it can be used with SQL databases, MongoDB, existing REST services, or any other data source you may have. And it’s designed from the ground up to scale predictably to very large numbers of simultaneous clients.
Apollo and Open Source
Apollo aims to be a complete data stack for modern apps, combining everything that’s good about Meteor with everything that’s good about GraphQL. It’s designed to be database agnostic so it can be used with SQL databases, MongoDB, existing REST services, or any other data source you may have. And it’s designed from the ground up to scale predictably to very large numbers of simultaneous clients.
Lets talk about the reactive GraphQL? It is a massive announcement. It won’t just work for Meteor since they work with Facebook. They are going to build a server layer for existing apps. So like Rails, Python, and all those apps will become a reactive data source. It could be a database or a RESTFul service. That is the hardest thing. Meteor will not have to get into the nitty gritty with PostgreSQL or Mini PostgreSQL. The issues here is that MiniMongo is very opinionated towards MongoDB. That layer will be disconnected to the client and that is a good idea. That is a very ambitious project and I hope they will get it done.
That means you won’t need to use Meteor for starter projects. Apollo will be a game changer as Meteor was back in time. We will see our community grow, A LOT! But how are you going to manage that? You sit in-between large frameworks and have trillion users coming through your door. So you need a significant portion of their attention which is dedicated to it.
Parts of Telescope.org turn into Nova
I am currently going to be engage in Telescope’s new architecture. Telescope is written pretty well, from an architecture standpoint. But Telescope will change into Nova. Nova is a compiled power source of knowledge and Best practices for Meteor apps.