SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Zakia Bouachraoui, Liz McMillan, Carmen Gonzalez, Roger Strukhoff, David Linthicum

Blog Feed Post

5 Reasons to Choose MEAN.JS Stack When Building Your Next Web Application

5-reasons-to-choose-meanjs-technology-stack-articlehttps://easternpeak.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/03.10-250x103.jpg 250w, https://easternpeak.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/03.10-768x317.jpg 768w, https://easternpeak.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/03.10-700x289.jpg 700w, https://easternpeak.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/03.10-120x50.jpg 120w" sizes="(max-width: 800px) 100vw, 800px" />

Web development is a fast-paced and diverse environment. It may be hard to navigate in such a variety of frameworks and technologies, and choosing the technology that suits you best may also prove to be challenging.

Having built dozens of successful web applications for startups and businesses worldwide, we at Eastern Peak know the ins and outs of every web development technology out there. In this article we will shed some light on one of the most talked about stacks, MEAN.JS.

What is it, and why choose MEAN.JS for your next project? Read our insights below.

1. What is MEAN.JS?

MEAN.JS is a web development solution based completely on fullstack JavaScript. The name is an acronym, standing for MongoDB, Express, Angular, and Node.js.

meanjs-technology-stack-explained

  • MongoDB is an open source NoSQL database using a document-oriented data model. This means it relies on the architecture consisting of collections and documents instead of tables and rows (as in relational databases). Thanks to its architecture, this database is extremely scalable and can handle large volumes of data.
  • Express is a lightweight server-side JavaScript framework. As a part of the MEAN stack, it is used together with node.js to simplify the development process. It makes it easier to write secure, modular, and fast applications.
  • AngularJS (or simply Angular when referring to the latest versions of the framework) has long become a “default” web frontend JavaScript framework. Built and maintained by Google, the framework allows for rapid development of dynamic, single page web apps. Its modular structure simplifies development and testing, and allows for easy scalability.
  • Node.js is a JavaScript-based runtime built on Chrome’s V8 engine. By compiling the JavaScript source code to native machine code before the execution, it allows for building scalable and performant web apps. Node.js has a rich ecosystem of open source libraries and components, including an npm (Node.js package manager).

Why MEAN.JS? Rapid web development with Fullstack JavaScript

While each of the listed technologies can be used as a standalone solution, they really shine when used in a bundle. Namely, MEAN.JS stack offers the following benefits for business owners:

  • Reduced development cost
  • One of the main benefits a business can get out of using MEAN stack are overall lower expenses. Thanks to extensive code sharing and reuse within the stack (remember, MEAN is all about JavaScript), the development time can be reduced, leading to a lower development cost.

    Plus, MEAN.JS, as well as its rich ecosystem, are completely open source and free to use.

  • Fast MVP development and scalability
  • A large number of additional frameworks, libraries, and reusable modules available within the stack (npm registry alone lists almost 500,000 packages) contribute to an increased speed of development: Ready-made solutions can significantly save time while making the development less strenuous . That is why startups love this stack.

    In addition to a fast time to market, MEAN stack provides a solid foundation for building scalable software products.

  • Increased developer flexibility and efficiency
  • Hiring MEAN fullstack developers for your project gives you a competitive advantage: better flexibility and increased team efficiency. All of your team members will “speak the same language” (i.e. JavaScript); therefore they will be able to understand each other and seamlessly switch tasks, resulting in better productivity. This facilitates collaboration and eases project management efforts within your team.

    This works particularly well for smaller web projects, such as dynamic single-page applications, complementary business apps, or when you can assign the whole project to just one MEAN developer.

  • Excellent performance
  • Node.js, the heart of the MEAN stack, is known for its outstanding performance. According to a number of benchmarks, the technology outperforms a number of other backend programming languages, including PHP, Python, and Ruby.

  • Large talent pool
  • JavaScript remains the most popular programming language in the world, based on the annual StackOverflow survey. This makes hiring developers a little less challenging as there is a large talent pool. The number of job postings, as well as the number of developers searching for MEAN stack jobs, are steadily growing (as compared to another web development stack, LAMP).

mean-js-developers-talents-pool-job-searches-stats
Source – indeed.com

When should you choose MEAN.JS for your project? Best use cases

MEAN stack is perfect for building all kinds of applications, from dynamic single-page applications to complex enterprise and social media apps.

For example, it can be used in different types of apps:

  • complementary business apps;
  • enterprise apps;
  • web apps using big data;
  • multimedia streaming apps; and
  • real-time applications (social networks, chats, and forums).

While it is difficult to say which companies use MEAN.JS stack in its entirety, node.js has gained wide adoption among top tier companies including PayPal, LinkedIn, Netflix, Walmart, and Uber. If you are interested in giving MEAN.JS a try, contact us for a free personal consultation. Having vast experience in building scalable web applications, we can help you make the right decision by analyzing the pros and cons of using MEAN stack for your project.

Read also:

The post 5 Reasons to Choose MEAN.JS Stack When Building Your Next Web Application appeared first on Eastern Peak.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Valeriia Timokhina

Valeriia Timokhina is a blog editor and IT manager at Eastern Peak, a top-ranked custom software development company. Founded in 1999, PEAK-System is a leading provider of hardware, software, and services for the mobile and industrial communication sector with emphasis on the field busses CAN and LIN.

Latest Stories
Moroccanoil®, the global leader in oil-infused beauty, is thrilled to announce the NEW Moroccanoil Color Depositing Masks, a collection of dual-benefit hair masks that deposit pure pigments while providing the treatment benefits of a deep conditioning mask. The collection consists of seven curated shades for commitment-free, beautifully-colored hair that looks and feels healthy.
The textured-hair category is inarguably the hottest in the haircare space today. This has been driven by the proliferation of founder brands started by curly and coily consumers and savvy consumers who increasingly want products specifically for their texture type. This trend is underscored by the latest insights from NaturallyCurly's 2018 TextureTrends report, released today. According to the 2018 TextureTrends Report, more than 80 percent of women with curly and coily hair say they purcha...
The textured-hair category is inarguably the hottest in the haircare space today. This has been driven by the proliferation of founder brands started by curly and coily consumers and savvy consumers who increasingly want products specifically for their texture type. This trend is underscored by the latest insights from NaturallyCurly's 2018 TextureTrends report, released today. According to the 2018 TextureTrends Report, more than 80 percent of women with curly and coily hair say they purcha...
We all love the many benefits of natural plant oils, used as a deap treatment before shampooing, at home or at the beach, but is there an all-in-one solution for everyday intensive nutrition and modern styling?I am passionate about the benefits of natural extracts with tried-and-tested results, which I have used to develop my own brand (lemon for its acid ph, wheat germ for its fortifying action…). I wanted a product which combined caring and styling effects, and which could be used after shampo...
The precious oil is extracted from the seeds of prickly pear cactus plant. After taking out the seeds from the fruits, they are adequately dried and then cold pressed to obtain the oil. Indeed, the prickly seed oil is quite expensive. Well, that is understandable when you consider the fact that the seeds are really tiny and each seed contain only about 5% of oil in it at most, plus the seeds are usually handpicked from the fruits. This means it will take tons of these seeds to produce just one b...
Steaz, the nation's top-selling organic and fair trade green-tea-based beverage company, announces its 2017 "Mind. Body. Soul." tour, which will bring authentic experiences inspired by the brand's signature Mind. Body. Soul. tagline to life across the country. The tour will inform, educate, inspire and entertain through events, digital activations and partner-curated experiences developed to support the three pillars of complete health and wellness.
The platform combines the strengths of Singtel's extensive, intelligent network capabilities with Microsoft's cloud expertise to create a unique solution that sets new standards for IoT applications," said Mr Diomedes Kastanis, Head of IoT at Singtel. "Our solution provides speed, transparency and flexibility, paving the way for a more pervasive use of IoT to accelerate enterprises' digitalisation efforts. AI-powered intelligent connectivity over Microsoft Azure will be the fastest connected pat...
There are many examples of disruption in consumer space – Uber disrupting the cab industry, Airbnb disrupting the hospitality industry and so on; but have you wondered who is disrupting support and operations? AISERA helps make businesses and customers successful by offering consumer-like user experience for support and operations. We have built the world’s first AI-driven IT / HR / Cloud / Customer Support and Operations solution.
ScaleMP is presenting at CloudEXPO 2019, held June 24-26 in Santa Clara, and we’d love to see you there. At the conference, we’ll demonstrate how ScaleMP is solving one of the most vexing challenges for cloud — memory cost and limit of scale — and how our innovative vSMP MemoryONE solution provides affordable larger server memory for the private and public cloud. Please visit us at Booth No. 519 to connect with our experts and learn more about vSMP MemoryONE and how it is already serving some of...
Darktrace is the world's leading AI company for cyber security. Created by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Darktrace's Enterprise Immune System is the first non-consumer application of machine learning to work at scale, across all network types, from physical, virtualized, and cloud, through to IoT and industrial control systems. Installed as a self-configuring cyber defense platform, Darktrace continuously learns what is ‘normal' for all devices and users, updating its understa...
Codete accelerates their clients growth through technological expertise and experience. Codite team works with organizations to meet the challenges that digitalization presents. Their clients include digital start-ups as well as established enterprises in the IT industry. To stay competitive in a highly innovative IT industry, strong R&D departments and bold spin-off initiatives is a must. Codete Data Science and Software Architects teams help corporate clients to stay up to date with the mod...
As you know, enterprise IT conversation over the past year have often centered upon the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration system. In fact, Kubernetes has emerged as the key technology -- and even primary platform -- of cloud migrations for a wide variety of organizations. Kubernetes is critical to forward-looking enterprises that continue to push their IT infrastructures toward maximum functionality, scalability, and flexibility. As they do so, IT professionals are also embr...
Platform9, the leader in SaaS-managed hybrid cloud, has announced it will present five sessions at four upcoming industry conferences in June: BCS in London, DevOpsCon in Berlin, HPE Discover and Cloud Computing Expo 2019.
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
When you're operating multiple services in production, building out forensics tools such as monitoring and observability becomes essential. Unfortunately, it is a real challenge balancing priorities between building new features and tools to help pinpoint root causes. Linkerd provides many of the tools you need to tame the chaos of operating microservices in a cloud native world. Because Linkerd is a transparent proxy that runs alongside your application, there are no code changes required. I...