Meteor Monthly Update — March 2022

Meteor Monthly Update Blog Series — March 2022.

With the first quarter of the year coming to a close, the second quarter of 2022 looks even more exciting than the last! In particular, we will have more announcements regarding Meteor.js, Meteor University and Meteor Cloud. As for the Meteor community, it’s continuously growing and many Meteor developers are still active in our forums, so we are excited about what 2022 brings for all of us!

Another great news is this will be a new monthly blog series where we highlight what has happened and share upcoming announcements or important milestones. One of our biggest goals for the year as Meteor Software is to be more transparent, more communicative and more open about our work behind the scenes. With that being said, we would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to all of the amazing contributors to Meteor. As Simon Sinek best put it, we’re in this for the “infinite game.”

Huge shout out to all of our awesome contributors!“A company that plays the infinite game isn’t playing to win or lose — they’re playing to transform the world and help others.”

Let’s get right into the nitty-gritty details, shall we?

First Quarter of 2022

Before we dive into the items for the month of March, let’s quickly summarize a few major updates that happened in the past three months.

Meteor 2.6

This version of Meteor was released in February of 2022 which includes MongoDB Node.js driver upgrade, MongoDB Server 5.x support, and a new launch screen key on iOS for Cordova Apps. You can find more information about the upgrades in this blog post. If you’re looking for a step-by-step guide to migrating your app to Meteor 2.6, check out our migration guide.

Meteor 2.6 Release

Meteor University

In 2022, we decided to put more energy and focus into education because it’s a great way to help developers enhance their skills and learn about “modern-day” Meteor for those who are not so familiar or previously just scratched the surface of the framework.

Our first course, Meteor 101: Fundamentals, is now open for registration here. There are a total of ten sections inside the free course but currently, only section one is available. Not to worry though, because we’re working on the next section and it will be released very soon. You can find more about our Meteor instructors by clicking here.

Meteor University is now open for registration!

What’s New This Month? 🤔

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about the fear and uncertainty of Meteor. First things first, we want to emphasize that Meteor is STILL GOING STRONG, as the Meteor framework just hit 10 years since the initial release in 2012 by Meteor Development Group. As mentioned, we will be putting more attention on transparency and collaboration with the Meteor community so that Meteor will continue to prosper.

Let’s start by addressing Meteor Software’s team.

Meteor Team

First and foremost, we want to apologize once again to the Meteor community for how we handled Filipe Névola’s departure as CEO of Meteor. From our point of view, we wanted to find the best possible way to communicate this news to the community, but we ended up taking longer than we should have. Members of our community were able to find out on social platforms that Filipe is no longer working for Meteor and this sent all a bad message. Even after he left, Filipe is still collaborating with us and clarifying several existing plans.

Another team member who is leaving Meteor is Renan Castro, a senior developer with strong experience in native app development, who will be following his goal of working in artificial intelligence! We also want to wish him well and good luck in his journey. The PRs in progress that Filipe and Renan were working on will be handed over very soon, as we have a network of developers and companies from the community who are willing to collaborate.

On the topic of collaboration, and again about Filipe, he is the founder of Quave, a company with several private and open-source Meteor projects. We are discussing the possibility of starting a partnership for specific collaboration demands. The same plan is being discussed with Vazco, a company where Radosław Miernik works as a Software Architect and has contributed to Meteor for many years and is open to collaborating with our team. We hope to give you fantastic news about it very soon.

On the lighter side of things, Frederico Maia has been promoted to CTO of Meteor! Fred is a full-stack developer with over 12 years of experience focused on web apps. Throughout his career, he has been always present in communities, and he made his first Meteor presentation at a Brazillian conference back in 2015. We are going to tell you more about him at another time. During this transition, Fred is also handling all the business matters.

“Since Tiny’s acquisition in 2019, Meteor is constantly growing at a solid pace.”

Moving forward, we will be more open and expressive when it comes to sensitive information such as this. This will be beneficial for everyone and facilitates more engagement, happiness, stronger culture and values. We hope to see past, current, and future Meteor developers contribute in any way possible as we will continue to keep growing Meteor. 🤝

Sponsorship

In relation to being more open to the community, we wanted to let you know that we are also starting to sponsor long-time contributors. To begin with, we have started sponsoring Jan Dvorak (aka Storyteller), a community engineer and Meteor developer, and we’re excited to continue progressing the Meteor framework with his support. Hey, don’t tell anyone but we will talk to Jan very soon to show him a marketing plan where he and another developer can officially contribute to the growth of Meteor.js.

Coming Soon to Meteor 👀

We have big plans for Meteor in 2022 and since our team is also growing, we’ll have more hands on deck to ship out new features, improvements, and fixes altogether. Of course, with the help of the Meteor community, we can also improve better and much faster! Before we conclude this month, below are just a few things coming to Meteor very soon.

Meteor 2.7

Meteor 2.7 is out and it will be the recommended version in a few days, it includes updates like 2FA, TailwindCSS 3 support, and much more! You can follow us on our social channels to be notified of when it’s recommended.

Next Section of Meteor 101 Course

For those who have been waiting patiently for the next section of Meteor 101: Fundamentals, it is a work in progress and we plan to launch it in April. We are open to partnerships on this to co-create more courses and also open for sponsorships. For more information about partnering with us or sponsoring, please contact [email protected].

Our first course, Meteor 101: Fundamentals.

Meteor Impact 2022

Meteor Impact, the biggest online conference for the Meteor framework, will be back again this year! The dates are set which will take place on October 13th-14th and will be led by Storyteller. Last year, we had over 490 attendees across the globe and over 40 speaker sessions across the two-day event. You can find more information about it in our forums or you can go to the Meteor Impact website.

Meteor Meetups in 2022

There will be more community events this year as well as engagement throughout our social platforms. The next event which consists of two workshops is being held on April 19th at 6:00 pm EST hosted by Alim Gafar and Justin Krup. Topics include Deploying your JavaScript Apps with Kubernetes with Ravi Lachhman and Microservices with Meteor — Jan Künster. You’ll get a chance to do some networking and socializing with fellow developers as well.

We have one more event that will be the first of the Meteor Brazil Meetup for this year on April 27th at 4:00 pm EST with Frederico Maia and Henrique Schmaiske. There will be a presentation about Starting With Meteor and another session for networking with Brazilian developers. This event will be held in Brazilian Portuguese (PT-BR).

Click here to sign up for Meteor meetups.

Enter the Metaverse with Meteor ☄️

On Saturday, April 2nd at 9:00 am EST, Jan Dvořák will be doing a live stream on his YouTube channel about building a Web3 login package for Meteor!

For all of you blockchain and Web3 enthusiasts, this is an event you don’t want to miss! Click here to turn on the reminder for the live stream event.

Watch the live stream on Jan’s YouTube channel!

That concludes pretty much everything for March and it was quite a memorable one, to say the least! We still have more to share, so follow us to stay informed. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or comments.

If you would like to help out, you can contribute to the open-source repositories of Meteor today and also our issues for first contributions (or the ones that we encourage pull requests) to know where your help would be welcome. You can also stay updated by signing up for our forums.

Thank you all for taking the time to read this and we’ll see you in the next monthly Meteor update! 👋

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