Building an application completely from scratch is a tall order. This is one of the main reasons you might consider using Meteor in the first place - you can focus on writing the code that is specific to your app, instead of reinventing wheels like user login and data synchronization. To streamline your workflow even further, it makes sense to use community packages from npm and Atmosphere. Many of these packages are recommended in the guide, and you can find more in the online directories.
With the release of version 1.3, Meteor has full support for npm. In the future, there will be a time when all packages will be migrated to npm, but currently there are benefits to both systems.
Atmosphere packages are packages written specifically for Meteor and have several advantages over npm when used with Meteor. In particular, Atmosphere packages can:
If your package depends on an Atmosphere package (which, in Meteor 1.3, includes the Meteor core packages), or needs to take advantage of Meteor’s build system, writing an Atmosphere package might be the best option for now.
Meteor comes with npm bundled so that you can type
meteor npmwithout worrying about installing it yourself. If you like, you can also use a globally installed npm to manage your packages.
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