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Meteor update

Meteor 1.1 looks to grow community with Windows support

Coman Hamilton
Meteor image via Shutterstock

The latest update to the open-source Javascript platform looks to build its community with support for Meteor development on Windows.

As far as updates go, the latest Meteor upgrade is far from minor – especially if you’re a Windows user.

Meteor 1.1 (which is fully compatible with version 1.0) brings a number of meatier (har har) changes to last October’s major release, along with the usual bugfixes.

Opening new windows

Perhaps most importantly, the platform has turned its efforts to adding Windows users to its community base. Previously only available on OS X and Linux, Meteor has now finally brought support for developers on Windows 7, 8.1, Server 2008 and 2012, whose only limits in Meteor are building mobile applications with PhoneGap or Apache Cordova.

There’s also a native installer for Windows users, meaning programmers can get started fast. On the Meteor blog, Meteor founder Matt DeBergalis said that the latest release was designed to let code work unchanged “on any combination of Windows, OS X and Linux computers”.

We’ve added Windows machines to our build farm, so package authors — on any platform — can publish their libraries for Windows developers right alongside the builds for OS X and Linux. And you get all your favorite parts of the Meteor toolchain on Windows, including the meteor mongo database tool, meteor shell, and access to our free application hosting servers using meteor deploy.

DeBergalis also said the Meteor team was “eyeing integrations with Visual Studio […], Azure, and other parts of the Microsoft ecosystem.”

MongoDB 3.0

The latest release has revised the Version Solver, which ensures that applications have the right versions of Meteor packages. Here, the performance and maintainability have been improved thanks to a complete rewrite of the code and a new algorithm based on the open-source SAT solver MiniSat.

The addition of MongoDB 3.0 support will now also allow the Meteor community to use the database’s new WiredTiger storage engine, as well the new release’s significant reduction in memory requirements.

Meteor’s collection of JavaScript libraries and open-source projects like Node.js have made it a popular platform in the JavaScript community, helping it achieve the rank of GitHub‘s tenth most-starred project.

Author
Coman Hamilton
Coman was Editor of JAXenter.com at S&S Media Group. He has a master's degree in cultural studies and has written and edited content for numerous news, tech and culture websites and magazines, as well as several ad agencies.

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