In that same essay from four years ago, I also wrote:
I believe that we have that framework today, albeit still in its early days (Preview 0.8.3 at the time of writing). That framework is Meteor (sometimes called Meteor.js). If you haven’t checked it out yet, I encourage you to do so. I see many parallels between Metor today and Rails in early 2005.
Despite what Rails haters will tell you, this is a very good thing. Success requires a healthy dose of marketing and from what I have seen, these guys know how to promote their framework. I know, I know, your allergy to marketing is flaring up, dear programmer, but it is a necessary component for the long term success and adoption of a framework.
Expanding further on that thought, I see three similarities to Rails’ early days that make Meteor likely to become very popular in the future:
It has the X factor. I don’t know any developer who isn’t impressed by watching the short demos on the homepage. The ability to update the content of a page that’s already loaded without refreshing is rather impressive on its own.
The folks behind it understand marketing. It’s already one of the top Github projects, thanks to the fact that they invited people to favorite it. You might not like it, as a developer, but this point tells me that these guys are serious about marketing their project and having it succeed. They are also fairly organized when it comes to officially sanctioned meetup groups.
It’s not a copycat of existing frameworks. It’s not your typical MVC Rails clone applied to language X. It introduces new and arguably simplified ways of developing applications very rapidly (take a look at the authentication screencast to see what I mean).
TL;DR: Keep an eye on Meteor. 😉
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Antonio Cangiano is a Software Developer and AI Evangelist at IBM. He authored Ruby on Rails for Microsoft Developers (Wrox, 2009) and Technical Blogging ( The Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2012, 2019). He is also the Marketing Lead for Cognitive Class, an educational initiative which he helped grow from zero to over 1 Million students. You can follow him on Twitter.