Want to learn Meteor? (updated with Winners!)

As I mentioned several months ago, Meteor  is a fantastic new JavaScript framework.

I like it so much that I just wrote a book about it.

I’m giving away a couple of copies for free, to celebrate and get the word out about Meteor.  If  you want to be entered in the contest…

Just post a comment on this thread, and I’ll select a couple at random. I’ll be picking the winners in 2 weeks.

Here’s a link to the book, if you want to give it a preview: http://link.packtpub.com/kDEOeS . It’s also available on Amazon and other fine retailers, I’m sure.

The book is meant for someone with at least some experience developing in JavaScript, and would like to find out what Meteor is all about. I walk through an entire application, and you’ll learn a lot about the major features Meteor has to offer.

No, I’m not working for Meteor in any way. I just really think the technology is solid, and deserves to succeed. Take a look, and tell me what you think!





Alright, I had a random-as-possible contest, and have picked 2 winners.  The process went as follows:

  • I numbered every entry 1-11, and put them into a weighted elimination bracket.
  • Each “battle” was the best of 3 coin flip, using a 1 euro coin – that means it had to land heads or tails 2 times out of 3 to declare a battle victor.
  • There was a losers bracket, where the top combatant got placed in the semi-finals
  • entry #6 got a bye in the first round, just by virtue of being entry #6
  • entry #1 got a bye in the first round of the losers bracket, because I had to pick someone and they were the first to respond

Now for the play by play—

  • The first round was dominated by tails. Only one combatant got through with 2-heads flips.
  • The same tails luck came through in the losers bracket, with only one of the matchups going to a 2-heads.
  • the 2nd round was dominated by heads. just when I thought the coin was broken, it broke 2-heads in 2 out of 3 battles.
  • The final round was all heads. #6 may have gotten a bye in the first round, but was on the top part of the battle when the 2-heads rolled.
  • Just to make sure #6 deserved it (even though he had already won a book) I put him to the test against the other winner, and sure enough, he won that.

Here’s a picture of the bracket(s) and how the flips went. A “top” win means heads prevailed. A “bottom” win means tails did.

The Meteor Bracket

Congratulations to #6 and #11:  dashouzhang and Tim Poppe!

I am sending your email addresses to my publisher as we speak, and they should be in touch with you shortly.


To all of you that didn’t win, I’m very sorry, but at least you got to see the transparent selection system. Now that I think about it, I should have made a Meteor application to do this, and released the source code…  Oh well, next time 🙂

Thanks for participating!


14 Responses to Want to learn Meteor? (updated with Winners!)

  1. Let’s do this!
    – Julien

  2. Jacob says:

    Sounds good – I’d be interested to hear more about Meteor!

  3. ALwin says:

    Sounds interesting.

  4. Pierre Lemperiere says:

    I would love getting a free book. Meteor is so interesting.
    Thanks Isaac !

  5. Mike says:

    I’d really love to check out your book, I’ve been doing web development as a hobby for years with PHP. I’m really trying to get involved with some new technologies and Meteor is about as new a technology as it gets. That being said there isn’t much out there just yet in the way of information other than the screencasts and the Meteor documentation. So this book would be a great start!

  6. dashouzhang says:

    I would love getting a free book. Meteor is so good,
    Very thanks

  7. Aziz says:

    Having created several intranet utility apps in Meteor, I was amazed by the ease of building something on the platform. However, I feel that the functionality expansion might require some additional knowledge. I would like to get a copy of the book.

    Thank you for your contribution.

  8. Howdy,

    I’d really like to get a hold of some handles with meteor. It’s so powerful that it’s tough to think properly about it, coming from a more traditional page oriented web. It’d be great to see if your book could help me to think in the meteor way!


  9. Inhji says:

    I’m in !

    Would love to give your book a read.

  10. teamo says:

    I started with meteor last week, and despite so many reviews putting it below ember, I think that I will use it, as the technology seems to be really cool. Would love to win the book!

  11. Strack says:

    2 days left! I’ll pick random winners on Wednesday.

  12. Tim Poppe says:

    Congrats on your 1st book release. You’re already rich with knowledge, but I sure hope it makes you cash rich as well. Congrats and thanks for putting it together.

  13. mak says:

    on no I missed opportunity! 🙁