I’ve been experimenting many frameworks in order to find the one that better fits our needs and just a few days ago the official integration for Meteor Cordova, came out and I immediately thought it would be a good fit for us.
Just like the smartphone allows us to perform multiple tasks with only one device when we used to require several (like a camera, an MP3 player, a computer and a phone), Meteor Cordova brings together a wider support of web technologies and native resources such as the camera or the accelerometer, all under the same code. Plus, you can do this and write the server side with the same language and API.
##What is Meteor?
###Pros of Meteor
###Cons of Meteor
###What is Meteor good for?
Meteor is an entirely new concept, it can’t be compared with any other frameworks. It’s good for things that need real time synchronisation between clients like chat apps or collaborative documents. Check out telescope, it’s open-source and a good place to see what a big Meteor app looks like and what can be done.
##What is Cordova?
###Pros of Cordova
###Cons of Cordova
###What is Cordova good for?
Cordova is great for apps that are not CPU-bound and for prototyping, because with the same code base you can deploy to multiple platforms.
##Why should I use Meteor Cordova?
Cordova integration with Meteor brings a very easy and focused way of writing applications.
You can write a Meteor app and then simply package it with Cordova and deploy it to any device.
Moreover you’ll have native apps that are reactive, which means that all data will be synchronized between clients in real-time, so the amount of data transfered between client and server is also reduced to the minimum because Meteor only sends the information that changed.
If you are considering developing a mobile app, you should definitely give it a shot.
The advantages are numerous, documentation is really good and the Meteor team is continuously adding new features to it.
I used to develop native Android apps and so I didn’t believe that web technologies could create quality apps. Meteor Cordova was probably the first framework that got me excited about, and if you haven’t tried it yet it’s about time to give it a go.