The open source platform supports development of apps for the "modern" Web and mobile space, Meteor co-author Matt DeBergalis said in a blog post today. These applications have live-updating interfaces and subtle but essential touches like dialog boxes and popups, and they feel more like desktop apps than websites, he noted.
In an interview, DeBergalis explained the significance of the 1.0 release: "The important part is it marks stability in the platform so that from this point forward, we will support apps built on these APIs."
Meteor Development Group, which supports the open source Meteor project, aims to make it possible to write applications much faster with less-specialized knowledge. The organization also is developing its Galaxy service to run, monitor, and scale Meteor applications running in the cloud, said DeBergalis, who is a co-founder of Meteor Development Group.
Currently available for free, a commercial version of Galaxy is planned. No date is set yet for availability of the commercial implementation.
So far, Meteor has been used by ventures such as Workpop, which offers a job marketplace, and Verso, which provides a mobile application for educational services via iOS and Android devices.
Meteor 1.0 was initially targeted for release in early 2014, but it simply took longer to complete, DeBergalis said. Meteor is now available on the Meteor website via an MIT license.