MEAN – The next technology for building web applications!

What is MEAN


The term MEAN stack refers to a collection of JavaScript based technologies used to develop web applications.

MEAN is an acronym for:


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MongoDB is a schemaless NoSQL database system. MongoDB saves data in binary JSON format which makes it easier to pass data between client and server.

Express is lightweight framework used to build web applications in Node. It provides a number of robust features for building single and multi page web application.

AngularJS is a JavaScript framework developed by Google. It provides some awesome features like the two-way data binding. It’s a complete solution for rapid and awesome front end development.

Node.js is a server side JavaScript execution environment. It’s a platform built on Google Chrome’s V8 JavaScript runtime. It helps in building highly scalable and concurrent applications rapidly.

Why MEAN

  • Simplicity and common structure make your life easier. MongoDB offers a more flexible, accommodating layer for storing data. Node.js provides a better nexus for running your server, while Express.js helps standardize how you build your websites. On the client, AngularJS provides a clean way of adding interactive functions and AJAX-driven rich components.
  • Everything uses JavaScript – even the database! – One of the most popular programming language on earth.
  • One language for all your development needs – This allows front end developers, back end developers, and even semi-technical designers to collaborate.
  • A stack that’s rapidly improving, easy to collaborate around, and easy to learn.
  • Node.js development is inexpensive to test and deploy on any hosting or cloud providers.
  • High performance: Node.js distributes a small heap per connection, comparing to other server side solutions, which usually create a big thread for each incoming connection and complicates the performance.
  • Google for it and you’ll learn only more of its advantages!

MEAN v/s LAMP

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MEAN

LAMP

Technology

Mongo, Express, Angular & Node

Linux, Apache, MySQL & PHP

Database

MongoDB is built for the cloud. It offers a document structure that is far more flexible, fast and easy.

The strength of relational database like MySQL are joins. But JOINs can be tricky for some and hard on RAM, and though it’s still a good idea to isolate and access data in separate tables through JOINs, there’s not as much need to save disk space now that disk drives are measured in multiple terabytes. The space is so cheap that some database designers end up denormalizing their data because the JOINs are too slow. Once you do that, you don’t need a relational database as much. Why not use MongoDB instead?

MySQL (RDBMS):  Conventional database system

Relational databases like MySQL have been around for three decades and they surely have their place. It is just a matter of the application’s objectives.

Server side Language

Node.js lets you to write server side applications by using Javascript thereby releasing Javascript from the shackles of the web browser.

Node.js is also faster and more scalable than other server side technologies including LAMP because of its non-blocking architecture.

PHP the traditional language, It’s flexible, easy to develop applications with, easy to deploy, customizable, secure, and comes with a huge support community. LAMP’s open source nature is also one of its greatest benefits.

Client side Language

AngularJS is an open source client-side Javascript framework  that is developed and maintained by a few smart people at Google.

It’s not exactly fair to compare the “A” in “MEAN” with anything in the LAMP stack because LAMP doesn’t include an analog. If you want to do anything on the client side, you’re on your own. Sure, there are plenty of good PHP-based frameworks that work with MySQL, but each is a bit different and moving in its own direction. WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal, for example, offer differing strategies, and it’s hard to switch between them, let alone port code from one to the other. Anointing one client framework adds consistency and stability.



Conclusion

Converting to the MEAN stack gives your development team a number of benefits, the three most significant being a single language from top to bottom, flexibility in deployment platform, and enhanced speed in data retrieval. MEAN Stack is surely an innovative, new and cutting-edge technology package that will perhaps conquer the market shortly.

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