Warning: this post is old and might not reflect the current state of the art
Meteor is built upon the following seven principles. They’re listed in the project documentation and they’re fundamental principles so we’ll report them here.
Principles always matter when they’re respected in the everyday life.
Data on the Wire
Meteor doesn’t send HTML over the network. The server sends data and lets the client render it.
You can use the same methods to access your database from the client or the server.
On the client, Meteor prefetches data and simulates models to make it look like server method calls return instantly.
Full Stack Reactivity
In Meteor, realtime is the default. All layers, from database to template, update themselves automatically when necessary.
Embrace the Ecosystem
Meteor is open source and integrates with existing open source tools and frameworks.
Simplicity Equals Productivity
The best way to make something seem simple is to have it actually be simple. Meteor’s main functionality has clean, classically beautiful APIs.