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#A Fun Introduction to Meteor

###What is Meteor?
Meteor is a new(er) web framework. If one must put it simply, Meteor offers live data, all the time. Without digging into pull-and-diff, database theory, and other jargon, we can easily discern this: Meteor makes making live-data web applications simple. A chatroom can be implemented in fifteen minutes with a total of 3 files that are all very readable being used. For some ideas of examples, check out [Meteor's official examples](http://www.meteor.com/examples). At the time of writing Meteor is at 0.7.1 and I will update this to be compatible with all future releases, making a separate branch for each in case someone needs documentation referencing the project from an older state and has not upgraded.



###Why Meteor?
Meteor is a quick to pick up, simple to operate framework to rapidly build a simple prototype. It allows you to experiment, and is production capable! If you are interested in seeing this, check out these:

[Telescope](www.telesc.pe)

[PeerLibrary](http://peerlibrary.org/)

[MadEye](https://madeye.io/)

And even more at [Made With Meteor](http://madewith2.meteor.com/)


###What are we doing?
We are going to build a simple web application. It is nontrivial, but it shouldn't take more than an hour or so after some basic introduction if you know your JS.

#Getting Started

###Launching the base application

If you have not installed Meteor yet, begin by going to the [Meteor Quick Start Guide](http://docs.meteor.com/#quickstart). If you run windows, I'm sorry. But, thankfully folks nicer than me have put together a getting started guide for you [here](http://www.addthelink.com). For reference, we will NOT be using meteorite for this outside of styling with bootstrap (which can be worked around easily without using the smart-package), so you can still do the rest of this tutorial though many others may not work if you need Meteorite integration.

Start with:

meteor create yourAppName

if you are on Windows. However, from this point onward know that when you see use of "mrt" you should instead use "meteor". We are using Meteorite on the OSX/Linux side of things just to simplify adding bootstrap and going over package management and integration later. These will be asides you can ignore, due to the fact it will be later addressed.

If you are a user of an OS more pure, you should instead put in:

mrt create yourAppName

Now that we have a directory, lets navigate to it and take a look at what we've gotten ourselves:

cd yourAppName
ls
>yourAppName.html yourAppName.css yourAppName.js smart.json

Did you get the appropriate output? WOO, we've got hello world. Navigate the browser to localhost:3000 and you will be able to check it out.

A note to Windows users: you will not have smart.json. There will be no further differences until otherwise mentioned from this point onwards (so long as you remember our agreement about the use of meteor over mrt prior)