Don’t believe the hype
The Meteor website is full of claims about how amazingly easy the framework will make web developer’s lives. It will allow us to build “top-quality web apps in a fraction of the time.” Its demo applications require “no programming knowledge.” What “once took weeks, even with the best tools, now takes hours.” In fact, you can “build a complete application in a weekend.”
If building a world class web application was really something that could be done in a weekend, wouldn’t everyone and their dog be CEO of their own Internet startup? If the barrier to entry was as low as the Meteor team would have us believe, then business owners would have no need for developers at all – a few hours of training and they’d have all the skills required to build their own app or website.
Obviously that’s not the case. Success in any field is hard earned, and it bugs me that some of our industry’s leaders perpetuate the idea that there are short cuts to becoming an accomplished web developer. Sure, it’s possible to build a killer app in a weekend, but to do so requires years of experience and a deep knowledge of your tools, and many more days, weeks, or months are required to turn that prototype into a robust website or application.
In reality, web design and development are highly specialised disciplines that take years of practice to master, and require ongoing training to stay abreast of the near-constant advances in the field. I don’t think it does our industry any favours to pretend that mastery can be achieved in a weekend. If we don’t take our own professional expertise seriously, why should anyone else?