What Is The MEAN Stack and Why Is it Better Than LAMP?
Why the MEAN stack could be right for you.
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The MEAN software stack is a popular set of technologies for creating websites. It consists of MongoDB, Express.js, AngularJS, and Node.js. Each of these items provides vital features and time-saving tools for website development. Although another popular set of technologies known as the LAMP stack may be some developers’ preferred stack, this article will outline precisely why you will find more success with MEAN stack development.
The first letter in MEAN stands for MongoDB. You will use this for your website’s databases. You may store anything in the database from basic user credentials to shared information like the comments on a forum. MongoDB uses the file format JSON, which will be familiar and intuitive to you if you have ever used a JavasScript object. With helpful learning resources and solid documentation, MongoDB is an excellent choice for today’s web developers. In contrast, the relational database system in the LAMP stack is considered outdated by some and also much stricter, making MongoDB the ideal choice.
As a MEAN full stack developer, you will be exposed to many front-end frameworks; however, AngularJS stands out because it has simple architecture, it supports unit testing, and it provides a fast development environment. Additionally, AngularJS boasts a large community of fellow developers to help you with problems and share your work when it comes to MEAN stack development and the front-end UI.
Additional Benefits of the MEAN Stack
The MEAN Stack Is Intuitive
The MEAN stacks provides everything necessary to create a competitive web application, yet it is less complicated compared to the LAMP stack. Although it is possible to rely on strict schemas and format data very specifically, as required in the LAMP stack’s MySQL, it is not necessary in the MEAN stack. In fact, MongoDB allows the developer to easily add new information to some, but not all, of the items in a JSON file. This is in contrast to MySQL, where a developer simply must provide information to every item, even if the value is “undefined”, or absent.
The LAMP Stack Is Outdated
Another common criticism of the LAMP stack is that it can be considered outdated by some. PHP has fallen under heavy criticism for its overly complex practices and lack of industry experts. In contrast, the MEAN stack has become one of the industry standard stacks for small startups, rapid development, and successful, profitable corporations. As a developer, you will likely face all kinds of clients, including some who rely on older technology. Although PHP may be used in some cases, working with the MEAN stack is ultimately a better choice for any developer.
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