Want to learn Meteor.js? These books will help.

Let me guess, you have finished learning the basics of Javascript and now you want to build something meaningful? Short on time because, like me, you have kids or a busy family life?

Well, if you have landed here then I guess that somewhere along your coding travels you have bumped into Meteor.js. You gawked at the coolness of Meteor.js and how much you can accomplish with Javascript alone.

Awesome, ditto for me.

Meteor.js, the ultimate app development platform for time pressured people

Every day I try to find ways to learn more about coding. I am no wizard, yet. Sure I have completed a lot of courses over at Codeschool, dipped my toes in a few others at Team Treehouse and am getting curious about EventedMind, but I still like to read books and tutorials on coding.

In my pursuit to teach myself Javascript I came across Meteor.js. Like MEAN stack, it is a 100% Javascript platform. This means that you don’t need to learn several different programming languages in order to be a productive developer.

What got me excited about Meteor.js, over MEAN stack, is two fold:

  1. First, the amount of resources on MEAN was pretty limited when compared to Meteor.js. There are a few good books out there, Scotch.io’s being my favorite. In terms of online course, the languages that make up MEAN stack are taught separately and not necessarily as one unified solution, like Meteor.js.
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    Installing Meteor, faster than changing a diaper!

    Second, Meteor.js is compact, contains everything you need to get up and running quick(er). When working with MEAN stack, you still need to install and configure 4 packages just to get started. With Meteor.js, simply install one package and an example project and your set. Time saved. In theory I could install Meteor.js in the same time it takes me to change a diaper (hey, I’m a dad, give me a break on the bad metaphores *wink*).

Books for Meteor.js Beginners

Like I said, I enjoy taking online courses. The video tutorials and code challenges offered have been worth every penny so far. Call me old fashioned, but I also still enjoy have books to reference or read while ‘offline’.

In my quest so far, I have come across several Meteor.js books worth sharing with you. I have read some, ordered others, but all-in-all I am very happy to have found these. I am sure that there is a Meteor.js book out there for the complete beginner like me, to more skilled developers like yourselves.

So, in random order (and this is not a complete list):

Your First Meteor Application by David Turnbull

The first book I purchased to learn Meteor.js was a safe bet so to say. The book Your First Meteor Application by David Turnbull is a great concise book.

In the book David works with you to expand the functionalities of one of the Meteor project templates which are free to install. The Leaderboard project is dissected in great detail to teach you how Meteor works.

From Templates to Helpers, Events to Sessions and many more topics.

Now the good news… The book is free, in PDF format and can be downloaded here (click GREEN button). If you are a Kindle junk like me, David does sell the book on Amazon in Kindle format for just a few dollars. I found his book on Leanpub and paid more, but I can tell you, it was a great primer for me, worth every dollar.

If you don’t like reading, or lack time, David also offers his book in video format. This will cost you only $39.

Discover Meteor by Sacha Greif & Tom Coleman

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The most complete book for beginners on Meteor.js

After having read Your First Meteor Application I found Sacha Greif’s & Tom Coleman’s Discover Meteor.

Where David Turnbull’s book was great to prime anyone interested in learning Meteor development, Sacha and Tom’s book Discover Meteor will give you everything you need to get started for real.

Discover Meteor, which I am currently still reading, is truly helping me understand all aspects of Meteor. Consider the fact that I am quite new to programming, with only, albeit sound, knowledge of HTML/CSS and Javascript. Sacha and Tom’s book answers all my questions while working through the tutorials setting up a Telescope clone from scratch.

The Discover Meteor book will cost you $29 and can be bought here. Another worthwhile investment if you are looking to master Meteor.

Not convinced? Watch the 1-minute Discover Meteor intro video:

Meteor in Action by Stephan Hochaus & Manuel Schoebel

A book that I ordered before discovering Sacha Greif and Tom Coleman’s Discover Meteor, was Manning Publications’ Meteor in Action.

I have always been curious about the quality of Manning books but after having read some open positive support from several key players in the Meteor.js environment I knew that I would need to buy the book.

An added bonus is that this book is written by fellow Europeans. Coding communities always seem to be huge in the US (I am a US citizen) and I miss it. I am glad that some EU local boys have taken up the challenge to write a book on a topic of interest to me, and like other authors and teachers, I will support their efforts.

So many books… going a little nuts there buddy?

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Youtube’s recommended watching… thanks kids.

Yeah, I guess you’re right. The one thing that I am missing with the other books I own, is that they are ebooks, not printed. I am always dependent on having another device with me in order to reference it. As some of you might have seen on Instagram, my devices, especially my iPad quite often get confiscated by my kids.

While working mostly on a laptop, giving up screen real estate for a book is difficult on a 13″ screen. Printed books are always a great solution though. That is probably why I am looking for ways to print a copy of Discover Meteor for my books shelf. Tips anyone?

Other Meteor.js Books for Beginners

I find it awkward to write about books that I haven’t read or purchased, but I don’t want to withhold other potentially interesting books from you.

The following is a list of books that look interesting and, for those that are published, have received good reviews:

Know of other good Meteor.js books for beginners, please do let me know in the comments.

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