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Angular 2 vs Meteor: What are the differences?

# Key Differences Between Angular 2 and Meteor

**1. Architecture**: Angular 2 is a front-end framework that follows the component-based architecture, allowing developers to build complex UI structures using reusable components. On the other hand, Meteor is a full-stack platform that includes both front-end and back-end functionality, offering a more integrated approach to development.

**2. Language**: Angular 2 is based on TypeScript, a superset of JavaScript that adds static typing and other advanced features. Meteor, on the other hand, primarily uses JavaScript but also allows developers to use other languages like TypeScript and CoffeeScript.

**3. Data Management**: Angular 2 relies on services and observables for managing data within the application, providing a reactive approach to data handling. In contrast, Meteor includes a real-time data synchronization feature out of the box, making it easier to build applications that update in real-time.

**4. Community Support**: Angular 2 has a large and active community of developers, providing a wealth of resources, tutorials, and third-party libraries. Meteor also has a dedicated community, but it may not be as extensive as Angular 2's community.

**5. Learning Curve**: Angular 2 has a steeper learning curve due to its complex architecture and the use of TypeScript. Meteor, on the other hand, is known for its simplicity and ease of use, making it more beginner-friendly.

**6. Scalability**: Angular 2 is more suitable for large-scale, complex applications due to its modular architecture and extensive tooling support. Meteor, while capable of handling large applications, may face scalability issues as the application grows in size.

In Summary, Angular 2 and Meteor differ in their architecture, language support, data management approach, community support, learning curve, and scalability.

Decisions about Angular and Meteor
Lucas Litton
Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 13 upvotes · 550.9K views

Next.js is probably the most enjoyable React framework our team could have picked. The development is an extremely smooth process, the file structure is beautiful and organized, and the speed is no joke. Our work with Next.js comes out much faster than if it was built on pure React or frameworks alike. We were previously developing all of our projects in Meteor before making the switch. We left Meteor due to the slow compiler and website speed. We deploy all of our Next.js projects on Vercel.

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Dennis Ziolkowski
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I was first sceptical about using Angular over AngularJS. That's because AngularJS was so easy to integrate in existing websites. But building apps from scratch with Angular is so much easier. Of course, you have to build and boilerplate them first, but after that - you save a ton of time. Also it's very cozy to write code in TypeScript.

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Julius alvarado

It is a complete waste of time and life to learn a different framework to solve the same problem (Both AngularJS and Angular build A+ UI's, but both require a lot of time to learn). It's dumb to spend 200 hours learning AngularJS, then 200 hours learning Angular when you could spend 200 hours learning AngularJS and 200 hours learning how to solve a different problem (like AI/ML, Data Science, AR/VR, Digital Marketing, etc.)

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This basically came down to two things: performance on compute-heavy tasks and a need for good tooling. We used to have a Meteor based Node.js application which worked great for RAD and getting a working prototype in a short time, but we felt pains trying to scale it, especially when doing anything involving crunching data, which Node sucks at. We also had bad experience with tooling support for doing large scale refactorings in Javascript compared to the best-in-class tools available for Java (IntelliJ). Given the heavy domain and very involved logic we wanted good tooling support to be able to do great refactorings that are just not possible in Javascript. Java is an old warhorse, but it performs fantastically and we have not regretted going down this route, avoiding "enterprise" smells and going as lightweight as we can, using Jdbi instead of Persistence API, a homegrown Actor Model library for massive concurrency, etc ...

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Kyle Harrison
Web Application Developer at Fortinet · | 2 upvotes · 48.7K views

When deciding on a front end framework to build my bitcoin faucet project, I knew I needed something battle hardened, dependedable, but also feature filled and ready to go out of the box.

While I've written some smaller apps with ng2+, I've never gone full tilt with it so I knew there were still some things to learn, and most importantly: how to do them properly, such as proper component architecture and breaking old habbits from ng1.

I didn't opt for React in this case, simply due to the need to stack more and more things on top of it to do what I'd need it to do. I wanted a framework that was going to take over routing and execution of complex UI controls, and keep items outside of a component's scope updated and react to events. This framework needed a comprehensive event emission system, data acquisition and handling, bi-directional data binding, state, and a series of things that you'd need to install separately for React to match up to what's already in the box with Angular.

I opted to stick to Angular instead of Vue for the fact that Angular also already has it's entire build system ready to go and comprehensivly built to deliver the tiniest version of it's deliverable. I was hosting this thing in a google cloud instance, so I needed to make sure the app stayed as small as possible, and could automatically trim out the cruft. This is where Angular's built in Tree Shaking took precedence for me.

Vue is more than capable of handling everything I'd need, and it was something I took serious considerion of. For instance, Vue poweres Cointiply, another bitcoin faucet application that's highly reactive and high componentized just like I wanted.

But I'd still need to learn Vue, I'd still need to configure it's build system, and I still wanted to use SCSS and TypeScript.

So Angular it was. ng8 is a great platform for building very complex user interfaces, and has many of the problems you'd inevitably face integrating a user interface to an application already figured out, and complete with a best practice recommendation.

React and Vue, given enough time and energy, are super capable platforms. No one can deny that. Angular's "A-Z Batteries Included" approach to the whole development process is what made it especially enticing this time.

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Pros of Angular
Pros of Meteor
  • 109
    It's a powerful framework
  • 53
    Straight-forward architecture
  • 48
    TypeScript
  • 45
    Great UI and Business Logic separation
  • 40
    Powerful, maintainable, fast
  • 39
    Amazing CLI
  • 33
    Great mvc
  • 29
    Powerfull Dependency Injection
  • 19
    Easy to build
  • 16
    All in one Framework
  • 15
    Opinionated, batteries-included approach
  • 11
    Schematics
  • 10
    Solid Standard Setup.
  • 8
    Structured
  • 7
    Performance
  • 5
    Complex
  • 4
    Only for single page applications
  • 3
    Builders
  • 2
    RxJS
  • 2
    Ng upgrade
  • 1
    React
  • 252
    Real-time
  • 200
    Full stack, one language
  • 183
    Best app dev platform available today
  • 155
    Data synchronization
  • 152
    Javascript
  • 118
    Focus on your product not the plumbing
  • 107
    Hot code pushes
  • 106
    Open source
  • 102
    Live page updates
  • 92
    Latency compensation
  • 39
    Ultra-simple development environment
  • 29
    Real time awesome
  • 29
    Smart Packages
  • 23
    Great for beginners
  • 22
    Direct Cordova integration
  • 16
    Better than Rails
  • 15
    Less moving parts
  • 13
    It's just amazing
  • 10
    Blaze
  • 8
    Great community support
  • 8
    Plugins for everything
  • 6
    One command spits out android and ios ready apps.
  • 5
    It just works
  • 5
    0 to Production in no time
  • 4
    Coding Speed
  • 4
    Easy deployment
  • 4
    Is Agile in development hybrid(mobile/web)
  • 4
    You can grok it in a day. No ng nonsense
  • 2
    Easy yet powerful
  • 2
    AngularJS Integration
  • 2
    One Code => 3 Platforms: Web, Android and IOS
  • 2
    Community
  • 1
    Easy Setup
  • 1
    Free
  • 1
    Nosql
  • 1
    Hookie friendly
  • 1
    High quality, very few bugs
  • 1
    Stack available on Codeanywhere
  • 1
    Real time
  • 1
    Friendly to use

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Cons of Angular
Cons of Meteor
  • 9
    Overcomplicated
  • 9
    Large overhead in file size and initialization time
  • 2
    Ugly code
  • 2
    CLI not open to other test and linting tools
  • 5
    Does not scale well
  • 4
    Hard to debug issues on the server-side
  • 4
    Heavily CPU bound

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What is Angular?

It is a TypeScript-based open-source web application framework. It is a development platform for building mobile and desktop web applications.

What is Meteor?

A Meteor application is a mix of JavaScript that runs inside a client web browser, JavaScript that runs on the Meteor server inside a Node.js container, and all the supporting HTML fragments, CSS rules, and static assets.

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