How To Make Multi-Page Applications with Meteor: A Beginner's Tutorial

by David on September 15, 2014

How To Make Multi-Page Applications with Meteor: A Beginner's Tutorial

When beginning developers are getting started with Meteor, they often wonder: “How do I make a multi-page application?” It’s the sort of thing that should feel obvious but, without prior experience, it’s not.

To make multi-page applications with Meteor, we need to talk about the concept of routing. This is something I’ve covered before, but:

  1. It’s better explained in video form.
  2. I’ve put together a video with Learnable.

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A Beginner's Guide to Iron Router, Part 2

by David on August 11, 2014

A Beginner's Guide to Iron Router, Part 2

In the first part of this series, I introduced Iron Router – a third-party package that allows you to create routes within your Meteor application.

We learned that:

  1. Routes are used to create multi-page applications.
  2. Routes might seem counter-intuitive to a beginning web developer but soon become extremely practical and convenient.

We also learned how to install third-party packages, how to create basic routes (by attaching a path to a template), and how to link routes together without hard-coding the links.

In this tutorial, we’ll talk about attaching data to routes and about dynamic routes. These are not sexy-sounding topics but they’re surprisingly fun.

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5 Useful Mac Applications for Meteor Developers (I'm Using #5 Right Now)

by David on July 29, 2014

5 Useful Mac Applications for Meteor Developers (I'm Using #5 Right Now)

In just about every discipline, tools can provide more burden than benefit, with many people becoming so obsessed with having the “best” tools that they forget they can’t play like Jimi Hendrix just by picking up his guitar.

That said, some tools are downright handy, and that’s what we’re going to cover today — the few that make a difference to a Meteor developer.

Just don’t get (or stay) in the habit of expecting the perfect tool to come into your life and make all of your troubles float away.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Iron Router, Part 1

by David on July 10, 2014

A Beginner’s Guide to Iron Router, Part 1

When I first came into contact with web application frameworks, I was caught off-guard by the notion of routes. I had two questions:

  • What are they?
  • Why do I need them?

This is the explanation I wish someone had offered me:

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