Cloud Startup: Meteor To Speed Up Web App Development

Meteor to speed up Web App development

Straddling the ongoing OS fragmentation divide through a web app may sound like the best thing to do when developing such an app but straddling the interaction between the client, server, multiple devices and a ton of cloud services while still having to deal with legacy infrastructure isn’t as easy as it should be. This is exactly the thought of new startup Meteor as they look to rapidly speed up Web App development by making these processes available to developers in the most painless and elegant way possible. In essence the founders of Meteor are looking to create a modular framework unlike anything else on the market.

What marks Meteor so differently is that the team is comprised of former Rockstar developers for a number of other up-and-rising startups including Geoff Schmidt, Miro, Matt DeBergalis, Nick Martin and David Greenspan. Kudos have been given by numerous other big names including Garry Tan of Posterous, Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Asana and Facebook and a number of other major players in the web app development field. According to the main site, Meteor offers:

  • Pure JavaScript
  • Live page updates
  • Clean, powerful data synchronization
  • Latency compensation
  • Hot Code Pushes
  • Sensitive code runs in a privileged environment
  • Fully self-contained application bundles
  • Interoperability
  • Smart Packages

While the Pure Javascript aspect certainly makes it look very tempting for most web app developers, what really whets the appetite are the Fully Self-contained application bundles, Smart Packages, Interoperability and Hot Code Pushes. It not only means a framework that enables modular app packages that can be pushed onto both the server or the client or even cloud service but the ability to update your web app while your users are still on it without affecting their performance at all. This makes for a framework feature that is not available in even the larger web app developers much less a startup like Meteor.

Meteor is still currently in development itself and as such is still in preview mode. According to the site Meteor should be released any time between two months to a year and is licensed as open-source software under the GPL.

By Muz Ismial


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