In this article, I’ll be sharing the technical expertise and help you understand all that freaky on the first sight staff. There will be information about stacks, frameworks, programming languages etc., – everything that can help one understand aspects of developing tools that are commonly used in web development agencies.
What is MEAN stack development?
MongoDB – database.
Express.js – application server, used for the backend.
Angular.js – web application framework, used for the frontend.
Node.js – web server.
The MEAN stack today is a modern and more flexible analog of LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) web development stack. While LAMP requires special OS, MEAN can be developed on every OS – Windows, Mac, Linux.
Technical features of MEAN technology stack
Why we prefer using the MEAN stack over LAMP?
During the last 10 years of our existence, we have always been trying to improve our development process. We rejected ineffective, slow or narrow-oriented tools and worked hard to deliver only high-quality results. We tried using LAMP and actually we still use it in some projects, but the transition to MEAN stack development is where we are heading to. Why? Here is the answer:
- On AngularJS it is convenient to make rich client applications that do not require reloading of pages (MVC, event model, routing, the possibility of creating components + this killer-feature: two-way data binding).
- On Node.js in conjunction with Express framework, it is good to do RESTful API backend. When the server sends only the data to JSON, and the client itself is engaged in the submission. This reduces the connectivity of the client and server + simplifies the creation of a mobile application in the future (it will come in handy with the same API). Of course, the RESTful API can be done in PHP, but the PHP process will be created and terminated with each request, spending resources on initialization, while the process on Node.js hangs in memory all the time.
- Asynchrony. Even the fact that any mean stack example can be implemented two times faster because of asynchrony, make us believe, that is one of the best options.
- Node.js does not block the current process when accessing external resources (for example, the database). This allows, among other things, to execute several requests in parallel.
- Node.js has a cool NPM package manager and a cool package community. Under any task, be it PDF generation or Email sending, it’s easy to find a package with a concise interface and add it to your application.
So with these technologies, the MEAN stack developers can build applications with higher quality in less time so that they can deliver a quick result to the customer while fewer resources are used.
The author of this article – Liza Kerimova, internet marketer at Artjoker, software development company, that specializes in web development. Our goal is to turn clients’ ideas only to excellent results!