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Routing Emails Through Meteor Server

Some time ago I was adding email messaging to - a waste-reducing app that connects people with kitchen scraps to their composting neighbours. It turned out to be a tad bit trickier than originally expected. You see, I started with the simplest thing: a "click here to reply" link in the emails. Naturally, it turned a lot of

6 Tips To Becoming a Better (Web) Developer

Much like football is not just about kicking the ball, programming is not just about writing code. Below I've summarized six things I've learned over the last ten years as a professional programmer that will help you become a better developer not just in terms of the code you write but all around. 1. Make. Yourself. Comfortable. I can't stress

Ten-fold Query Execution Speedup For Larger Datasets In Meteor

Blaze's reactivity is an incredibly nifty feature of Meteor. It does away with a huge amount of boilerplate code and is mostly really nice to work with. However, nothing really comes for free, does it. The problem with reactivity is that unless you do some relatively awkward things, you may easily lose a lot of control over what gets called

Fine-Grained Reactivity Via Mongo Projections

MongoDB's find method allows us to specify a projection, i.e., what fields should be included in or omitted from the result set. Meteor, connected to a database on both the server side and client side, can benefit from using projection in two major and different ways. Published Cursor Projection (Server-side) The benefits of using projection on a published cursor

How To Crash Your Meteor Server: Unlimited Cursors

When it comes to determining what goes where from the server, Meteor does some pretty cool optimisations to be fast and effective. Yet, I’ve found in certain special cases - especially if you’re deploying to RAM-tight environments such as Heroku or DigitalOcean - it can be surprisingly easy to kill your server if you’re not a bit