By now, you’ve probably heard of something called the MEAN Stack. A web app development framework that’s swept through established tech giants and small startups alike in the past five years. In case you’re unaware, a stack just refers to any combination of application or programming toolsets used in combination. MEAN is the pet-name for the development stack consisting of Mongoose, Express, Angular, and Node.
Over the past few years, why has this framework become so popular and extensively employed. Both among individual hobby developers and tech companies? In order to answer this question. We need to have a look at the best benefits of using this stack as opposed to more historic modes of application development.
Java Script Object Notation, also known as JSON, is used for both Angular and Node. Additionally, the relational database framework, MongoDB, saves information in a JSON-friendly and readable format. For all you developers sitting in the back, can I hear you say: “No tricky integration problems!”.
That’s right, developers. MEAN is totally free and no expensive licensing requirements are necessary, either for the hobbyist of the mega tech company. In contrast with other development environments, such as Oracle’s soon-to-be-monetized Java 11, MEAN is highly cloud-compatible and can be adopted with no start-up costs. As companies continue to grow, there doesn’t need to be any concern about the cost scalability of employing the MEAN stack.
It’s no wonder why companies are drawn to MEAN – it’s an incredibly flexible language that can be optimized for many development and employment environments.
Aside from the Mean Stack Development flexibility, the stack is also optimized for developments that stress real-time performance. Unlike historic stacks, MEAN utilizes single-page application solutions. This means that web pages don’t have to be continuously updated or refreshed for minor changes; rather, changes are naturally configured in both client-side and back-end extensions.
In this way, MEAN maximizes the open-closed principle of software development: “open for extension, closed for modification”. This is a proven time-saving measure for developers and therefore naturally cost-saving for companies – it’s no secret that Web App Development is better off with this optimization.
Another strong reason to transition to MEAN is that it’s simple to switch client-side and back-end environments. No third-party or potentially costly software, like Apache development environment, is necessary to make the transition.
Node allows developers to makes calls directly to the server using an integrated development environment. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this clear advantage promotes quick development cycles, seamless error catching, and cost-efficiency.
In short, it’s no secret why MEAN has ascended to the top of both hobbyists’ and companies’ Web App Development environments. MEAN is a strikingly simple, optimized, and sleek solution to historic problems with older technology and application frameworks.
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