Who is a MEAN Stack Developer?

Who is a MEAN Stack Developer?

To build dynamic web applications or web sites in this day and age, we have to rely on a software stack that makes web development possible. There are many open source web development stacks out there that ease the task of us programmers and help with web servers, libraries, database systems and front-end frameworks. These days, developers are looking for faster and operative web technologies and one of those is the MEAN stack.

Mean stack example
The MEAN Stack basically refers to: M = MongoDB, E = Express.JS, A = Angular.JS, N = Node.JS.

So what is the MEAN stack?

The MEAN stack refers to a set of JavaScript-based technologies used to develop web applications.

JavaScript, not to be confused with Java, is a dynamic programming language for client-side and server-side web application development. It runs on all levels of the application and gives an efficient and modern approach to web development. MEAN is in short for MongoDB, Express.js, AngularJS and Node.js. Together, we have a set of open source components that provide an end-to-end framework for building dynamic web applications.

Now let’s take a closer look at each component.

MongoDB

MongoDB is a high performance cross-platform document-oriented database program and a leading schema-less NoSQL database system. MongoDB saves data in a binary JSON format which makes it easier to pass data between client and server.

Express.js

Express.js is a lightweight framework used to build web applications in Node and supports a MVC architecture and has a cookie handling ability that has proved to come in handy when it comes to crafting web pages. It is minimal and simplistic in nature on purpose and provides many robust features for building server-side web applications faster. Express is inspired by the popular Ruby framework, Sinatra.

AngularJS

AngularJS is a Google-developed JavaScript framework. It is a front-end framework that provides some awesome features like two-way data binding and has allow the decoupling of any application logic from DOM (Document Object Model) manipulation. Apart from that, it uses the standard MVC (Model, View, Controller) idea and better yet, plain old Javascript objects, meaning you do not need to add additional getter and setter elements to bind AngularJS along with other data sources.

Node.js

Node.js is a server-side JavaScript execution environment. It an up and coming technology that is gaining popularity thanks in part to its ability for building scalable real time applications. It is fast in code execution, runs on various platforms and better yet, is a platform built on Google Chrome’s V8 JavaScript runtime. With Node.js, a web developer can build highly scalable real-time applications and concurrent applications rapidly. It can also use JavaScript as both front-end and back-end languages.

To sum up

MEAN Stack offers a modern and effective approach to web development. It is already used by companies like PayPal, Netflix, LinkedIn and is a good investment for building fast, strong and scalable applications. It is catching up with the other competitive tech stacks in the market and if you master these four components, you are a full stack MEAN developer, period. Never mind what others say!

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