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Angular 2 vs Meteor: What are the differences?

What is Angular 2? One framework. Mobile & desktop. Angular is a development platform for building mobile and desktop web applications.

What is 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.

Angular 2 belongs to "Javascript MVC Frameworks" category of the tech stack, while Meteor can be primarily classified under "Frameworks (Full Stack)".

"It's a powerful framework" is the top reason why over 70 developers like Angular 2, while over 244 developers mention "Real-time" as the leading cause for choosing Meteor.

Angular 2 and Meteor are both open source tools. It seems that Angular 2 with 49.5K GitHub stars and 13.6K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Meteor with 41.2K GitHub stars and 5.03K GitHub forks.

Auto Trader, AgoraPulse, and Kalibrr are some of the popular companies that use Angular 2, whereas Meteor is used by Accenture, Rocket.Chat, and FashionUnited. Angular 2 has a broader approval, being mentioned in 259 company stacks & 237 developers stacks; compared to Meteor, which is listed in 195 company stacks and 157 developer stacks.

Decisions about Angular 2 and Meteor
Lucas Litton
Director of Strategy at DigitalSignal | 13 upvotes 路 166.1K 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
Angular 2

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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Pros of Angular 2
Pros of Meteor
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    It's a powerful framework
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    Straight-forward architecture
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    Great UI and Business Logic separation
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    Powerful, maintainable, fast
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    Amazing CLI
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    Great mvc
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    Powerfull Dependency Injection
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    Easy to build
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    Opinionated, batteries-included approach
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    All in one Framework
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    Solid Standard Setup.
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    Only for single page applications
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  • 250
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    Full stack, one language
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    Best app dev platform available today
  • 153
    Data synchronization
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  • 117
    Focus on your product not the plumbing
  • 106
    Open source
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    Hot code pushes
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    Live page updates
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    Latency compensation
  • 38
    Ultra-simple development environment
  • 29
    Smart Packages
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    Real time awesome
  • 23
    Great for beginners
  • 22
    Direct Cordova integration
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    Better than Rails
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    Less moving parts
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    It's just amazing
  • 10
  • 8
    Great community support
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    Plugins for everything
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    One command spits out android and ios ready apps.
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    It just works
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    0 to Production in no time
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    Is Agile in development hybrid(mobile/web)
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    Easy deployment
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    Coding Speed
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    You can grok it in a day. No ng nonsense
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    AngularJS Integration
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    Easy yet powerful
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    One Code => 3 Platforms: Web, Android and IOS
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    High quality, very few bugs
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    Easy Setup
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    Hookie friendly
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    Friendly to use
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    Stack available on Codeanywhere
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    Real time

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

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What is Angular 2?

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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Reviews of Angular 2 and Meteor
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I discovered Meteor thanks to my daughter who used it for a project at MIT. I was amazed at how much she had built in such a short time. I had also been trying to figure out how to build a browser-based crypto app so I jumped into Meteor and had an MVP for in a few short months starting from nothing. Learning Meteor really alters what you perceive as easy and difficult in full-stack development. It has an amazing ability to simplify your thinking and your code. Community support in terms of packages is outstanding as well which saves tremendous time. The quality of the software is outstanding with very few regressions cropping up during their frequent releases.

Being at the bleeding edge of the js community does have its downsides however. While early Meteor (with Blaze/handlebars templates) was exceedingly simple, Meteor have had to introduce support for both angular and react. In combination with the move to ECMAscript this has resulted in a lot of work for developers to just keep up with the evolution of the platform. Someone who was an expert 6 months ago might quickly find themselves being a newb again. If you're someone who doesn't like change you may want to stick to jQuery.

Living in the bay area I have the luxury of being able to attend Meteor events frequently. Having met many members of the MDG team, I have tremendous confidence in the future of the platform. This is a very solid group with a rare combination of broad vision and excellent execution.

Review of

Meteor is my favorite framework. It makes everything fun. Syncing data across devices is really easy and you don't have to mess around with sockets at all. You can insert data into the database on the client. There's tons of security options. There's over 3000 packages on the packaging system. Instant iOS and Android apps. Amazing, reactive routing. Free hosting. Easy deployment with Meteor Up. What's not to like?

Review of

Meteor is so powerful and flexible. I love it. In the near future, it will be the top-used framework.

Review of

We have gone "all in" on Meteor and I recommend you do to.

How developers use Angular 2 and Meteor
CloudRepo uses
Angular 2

The Angular 2 CLI is great, it's easy to get up and running with a project.

The really great thing about Angular 2 is it allows us to work with designers by augmenting their artifacts (html pages) with Angular directives. This allows our designs to go back and forth between designers and engineers without having to learn a new markup language (like JSX). uses

Without Meteor could not have been built as quickly by such a small team. Meteor was instrumental to getting an MVP up quickly and dealing with the complexities of browser-based encryption.

Andrew Miller uses
Angular 2

Angular 2 is a great framework for C# developers. Deeply rooted in OOP & MVC principles and full integration with TypeScript. My go-to for client-side dev now...

ShareThis uses

Built on Node.js, Meteor's real time reactivity and its wide package ecosystem allows us to quickly prototype and build apps in a lean way

Pascal Malbranche uses
Angular 2

Angular 2 is a beautiful and fast MVC Framework. We are using it for mobile, web and desktop development.

Giftstarter uses

We would like to make magic with Meteor for the future of GiftStarter.

Hooked uses

Hooked is built with Meteor as the primary application framework.

Daniel Kovacs uses
Angular 2

Webapp frontend development in enterprise projects.

IVS uses

Typical buzz tech. Nothing practical in here.

Harba uses
Angular 2

Frontend for administrative dashboard.