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Last updated on 2015-05-21

About the Book



Meteor is open source platform for building web and mobile apps in JavaScript, HTML and CSS.

Meteor is full stack framework which means that it takes care of Client, Server and DB side of your application.

Meteor home page is at https://www.meteor.com.


Book content

This book is collection of standalone tutorials.

This means that each tutorial contains minimum amount of code needed to explain specific functionality.

This is in contrast to building a single application where each new functionality is added on top of already explained ones.

Each tutorial has minimum amount of supporting text making emphasis on the code example to do the explaining.


How to use this book

This book can be used as an introduction to Meteor framework covering all of the basic core functionalities.

In addition book will be updated with more tutorials covering more specific subjects.

Book is also intended as Just In Time Support so that user can learn what it needs when it needs it.

This is why tutorials are standalone and minimalistic focusing only at one problem at the time.

You should however first go through the main features of Meteor to familiarize yourself with the core concepts.

This can be done by first going through the main chapters as deep as you see fit.

Then later you can come back to explore other more specific chapters as you need them.

About the Author

Ivor Online
Ivor Online




"Things are only as complicated as they are badly explained." 

Proper documentation is essential to avoid struggle and frustration when working with simple things that only seem complicated by not being properly documented and explained. 



"Working example is worth thousands of words."

Just like the picture is worth thousands of words the same goes for the working example. Documentation in the form of working examples is proved to be the fastest and the most effective way of transfering knowledge. Sometimes an example is all you need to get the things done. And if there are some accompanying comments that explain what is going on even better. This is the approach I use when creating tutorials. This results in rapid learning which you can apply when you need it in the spirit of Just In Time Support. 

Table of Contents

1. Introduction


1.1        Features

1.2        Install

1.3        Create Meteor Application


2. Meteor Core


2.1      Meteor Tool

2.1.1        Application         Create         Start         Deploy to Meteor Server

2.1.2        Package         Create         Publish to Atmosphere         Add from Atmosphere         Remove from Application

2.1.3        Accounts         Log in         Log out

2.2      Client

2.2.1        isClient

2.2.2        Client Directory

2.3      Server

2.3.1        isServer

2.3.2        Server Directory

2.4      Directory structure

2.4.1        Access public resources

2.5      Session

2.5.1        Property         Set         Get

2.5.2        Other         Session As Reactive Data Source

2.6      MongoDB

2.6.1        Collection         Create - On MiniMongoDB and MongoDB         Create - Only on MiniMongoDB         Clear – MiniMongoDB Collection         Clear – MongoDB Collection – Initiate from Server         Clear – MongoDB Collection – Initiate from Client

2.6.2        Insert

2.6.3        Remove

2.6.4        Update         Replace document         Set property         Increment property

2.6.5        Retrieve         Document         Array         Cursor         Cursor - Filtered         Cursor - Sorted         Cursor - Get number of retrieved documents

2.6.6        Publish & Subscribe         Publish collection         Publish partial collection         Publish specific properties         Publish multiple partial collections         Subscribe using parameters

2.6.7        Allow & Deny         Allow         Allow & Deny         Allow & Deny – Multiple callbacks per DB command

2.6.8        Other         MongoDB As Reactive Data Source

2.7      Spacebars

2.7.1        Templates         Inclusion Template         Inclusion Template with Single Parameter         Inclusion Template with Named Parameters         Inclusion Template with variable name         Block Template         Block Template with Single Parameter         Block Template with Named Parameters

2.7.2        Helpers         Reference helper from body template         Reference helper from custom template         Helper property         Helper function         Helper function with parameters

2.7.3        Operators         !         >         #         #each         #if         #unless         #with

2.8      Events

2.8.1        Assign Event

2.8.2        Reference document selected from a list

2.8.3        Reference HTML elements

2.8.4        Form with multiple buttons

2.9      Meteor Methods

2.10   Authentication

2.10.1      this.userId – Inside Meteor Method

2.10.2      this.userId – Inside Meteor Publish

2.10.3      Accounts package

2.11   Packages

2.11.1      Expose template

2.11.2      Expose variable


3. Packages


3.1      Insecure

3.1.1        Add insecure package

3.1.2        Remove insecure package

3.1.3        Insecure application

3.1.4        Secure application

3.2      Autopublish

3.2.1        Add autopublish package

3.2.2        Remove autopublish package

3.3      Accounts

3.3.1        Add accounts package

3.3.2        Add User Accounts

3.3.3        Publishing based on user

3.4      AppCache

3.4.1        Add AppCache package

3.4.2        Example application

3.5      GroundDB

3.5.1        Add GroundDB package

3.5.2        Example application

3.6      Meteor Persistent Minimongo

3.6.1        Add Meteor Persistent Minimongo package

3.6.2        Example application

3.7      View Model

3.7.1        Create View Model Application

3.7.2        Create Model View Template

3.8      Iron Router

3.8.1        Add Iron Router package

3.8.2        Create Iron Router Application

3.8.3        Create Static Route

3.8.4        Create Dynamic Route

3.8.5        Retrieve Route URL

3.8.6        Call route from JavaScript

3.8.7        Attach Static Data to Route

3.8.8        Attach Dynamic Data to Route

3.8.9        Layout Template

3.8.10      Layout Template with multiple regions


4. Demo Applications


4.1      Tasks

4.1.1        Authentication based on this.userId

4.1.2        Add task to current user

4.1.3        Show only user tasks

4.1.4        Switch to Accounts package

4.2      MVC

4.3      Event Driven

4.4      Reactive


4. Appendix

5.1      Cons

5.2      Links

5.3      Cheat Sheets

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