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Meteor vs Sails.js: What are the differences?

Meteor: An ultra-simple, database-everywhere, data-on-the-wire, pure-Javascript web framework. 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; Sails.js: Realtime MVC Framework for Node.js. Sails is designed to mimic the MVC pattern of frameworks like Ruby on Rails, but with support for the requirements of modern apps: data-driven APIs with scalable, service-oriented architecture.

Meteor can be classified as a tool in the "Frameworks (Full Stack)" category, while Sails.js is grouped under "Microframeworks (Backend)".

"Real-time" is the primary reason why developers consider Meteor over the competitors, whereas "Data-driven apis " was stated as the key factor in picking Sails.js.

Meteor and Sails.js are both open source tools. Meteor with 41.2K GitHub stars and 5.03K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Sails.js with 20.7K GitHub stars and 1.85K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Meteor has a broader approval, being mentioned in 195 company stacks & 156 developers stacks; compared to Sails.js, which is listed in 32 company stacks and 13 developer stacks.

Decisions about Meteor and Sails.js
Lucas Litton
Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 13 upvotes · 259.8K 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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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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Pros of Meteor
Pros of Sails.js
  • 250
    Real-time
  • 198
    Full stack, one language
  • 182
    Best app dev platform available today
  • 153
    Data synchronization
  • 151
    Javascript
  • 117
    Focus on your product not the plumbing
  • 106
    Open source
  • 105
    Hot code pushes
  • 100
    Live page updates
  • 92
    Latency compensation
  • 39
    Ultra-simple development environment
  • 29
    Smart Packages
  • 28
    Real time awesome
  • 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
    Easy deployment
  • 4
    Coding Speed
  • 4
    Is Agile in development hybrid(mobile/web)
  • 4
    You can grok it in a day. No ng nonsense
  • 2
    Community
  • 2
    One Code => 3 Platforms: Web, Android and IOS
  • 2
    AngularJS Integration
  • 2
    Easy yet powerful
  • 1
    Real time
  • 1
    Friendly to use
  • 1
    High quality, very few bugs
  • 1
    Easy Setup
  • 1
    Free
  • 1
    Nosql
  • 1
    Stack available on Codeanywhere
  • 1
    Hookie friendly
  • 47
    Data-driven apis
  • 45
    Waterline ORM
  • 35
    Mvc
  • 31
    Easy rest
  • 23
    Real-time
  • 19
    Open source
  • 18
    Service-oriented architecture
  • 17
    Scalable
  • 9
    Convension over configuration
  • 8
    Node machines and machinepacks
  • 8
    Rails-like asset pipeline
  • 6
    Easy route/controller generation
  • 5
    Ruby on Rails basic stuff for JS devs
  • 2
    CLI for scaffolding project pieces
  • 2
    WebSocket support

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Cons of Meteor
Cons of Sails.js
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    Hard to debug issues on the server-side
  • 4
    Heavily CPU bound
  • 4
    Does not scale well
  • 4
    Waterline ORM
  • 3
    Defaults to VueJS
  • 0
    Standard MVC

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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.

What is Sails.js?

Sails is designed to mimic the MVC pattern of frameworks like Ruby on Rails, but with support for the requirements of modern apps: data-driven APIs with scalable, service-oriented architecture.

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