Understanding the MEAN Stack Environment: Is it Right for Your Development Project?

If you are not familiar with MEAN Stack as a development environment, you are probably wondering why anyone would name a product ‘MEAN’. In fact, the term MEAN refers to the four components of the development environment: Mongo, Express JS, Angular and Node. This product is particularly suitable for complex projects requiring scalable architecture.

MEAN Stack development services leverage the power of Angular JS and MEAN Stack to develop scalable, high-performance applications for desktops, tablets, smart phones and smart watches and as such it is ideal for cross-platform, hybrid approaches to mobile application development.

Let’s take a minute to examine the four components that comprise the MEAN environment, so you can understand what MEAN does and how the various tools and components will support your software developers and your project.

Mongo DB is a NoSQL, scalable, flexible database. MongoDB is a distributed, document based database suitable for most general purposes. It is designed for modern application development and for the Cloud. It allows the business to filter and sort by fields, even those that are nested within a document. Mongo DB provides support for aggregation and geo-based, text and graph searches.

Express JS enables large scale web and mobile applications using micro services architecture. Express is a flexible Node.JS web application framework with support for web applications and mobile applications. It is open source and easily accessible. It has a library of numerous plugins and acts as the back-end of MEAN Stack, working in concert with the Mongo DB and a JavaScript front-end library or framework.

Angular JS is a rich, popular framework with powerful tools for cross-platform application development. The Angular JS open-source front-end web framework leverages JavaScript development and is used as the front-end for the MEAN stack or other programming languages and frameworks.  It simplifies development and testing using client-side Model View Controller (MVC) and Model View ViewModel (MVVM) architectures.

Node JS streamlines server-side scripting for fast, scalable processing. Node.js is open-source. This cross-platform, back-end runtime environment executes JavaScript outside a web browser environment, providing the opportunity to run JavaScript everywhere. Node.js is designed to build scalable network applications.

What Makes MEAN the Right Choice?

There are a lot of reasons to choose MEAN for your cross-platform development project. In this article, we will focus on three advantages.

Uniformity and Consistency – Using MEAN stack app development tools, software developers can establish a solid foundation with uniform language across the entire stack. This approach ensures easy code maintenance and seamless operation.

Cost-Effective Solution and Tools – The Mean Stack leverages JavaScript, a free, open-source toolkit. This open-source approach lowers the cost of development. Furthermore, the cost of development can be decreased because there are a lot of developers who are skilled in JavaScript, so resources are not finite. In terms of maintenance and support, The MEAN stack requires a small footprint and decreases overhead.

Flexible and Scalable – Mean Stack allows the business to create simple, intuitive, open source solutions that are easy to maintain and upgrade and yet rich and robust to satisfy the most complex hybrid mobile application needs and provide support for Cloud solutions. MEAN stack supports rapid application development, so the business can achieve its goals quickly, plan for future needs and expand market share and competitive advantage.

Comprehensive Project Coverage – MEAN Stack is suitable for cross-platform database management, hybrid mobile application development and web application development, and provides server framework and management and support for front-end and back-end.

If you want to create a cross-platform, hybrid mobile application, the MEAN stack development environment may be right for your business. It has a lot going for it and, whether your internal IT team or IT consulting partner is doing the work, there are plenty of developers with the JavaScript skills to assure that you can build a team.

As with any other project, you must first understand your own requirements and what you want to do with the app, how you will add to or upgrade the app in the future, what your budget and timeline is and whether you have the resources to complete the project. A trusted IT consulting partner can help you leverage the possibilities inherent in the MEAN Stack framework. For more information visit our Blog.

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