#MEAN vs #LAMP - How Do They Stack Up? via @backand_ #Linux #NodeJS #mysq #Mongodb…

January 31, 2018 0 Comments

#MEAN vs #LAMP - How Do They Stack Up? via @backand_ #Linux #NodeJS #mysq #Mongodb…



  • In the MEAN stack, the web server – provided by Apache in LAMP – is provided by Node.js.

  • The MEAN stack replaces LAMP’s use of MySQL (or another relational database) with MongoDB (or an equivalent non-relational database).

  • MEAN makes use of Express.js and AngularJS to drive web page presentation and control flow, tasks covered by PHP or Python in the LAMP stack.

  • While the MEAN stack is designed to work with a non-relational database, there are plug-ins for Node.js that allow the stack to run off of a relational database just as easily.

  • Converting to the MEAN stack gives your development team a number of benefits, the three most significant being a single language from top to bottom, flexibility in deployment platform, and enhanced speed in data retrieval.

Comparing the venerable LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Python) stack with the up & coming MEAN stack (MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, NodeJS)

Understanding the role each technology plays in the stack is crucial when moving from LAMP to MEAN for web development. Whether you’re looking for consolidation of technologies or to leverage in-house JavaScript expertise, the MEAN stack can offer a lot to a flexible web development organization. The team here at Back& wanted to try and help sort out the pros and cons of each stack. So below I’ll detail the MEAN stack, how it compares to the LAMP stack, and offer a few tips for optimizing your choices.

The first choice in any tech stack is the operating system. While the LAMP stack locked the operating system to a variant of Linux, the MEAN stack has no such restrictions. Linux is still a good choice for an app built on MEAN, but it is by no means the only option; any operating system that can run Node.js is a viable alternative.

In the MEAN stack, the web server – provided by Apache in LAMP – is provided by Node.js. This can improve the performance of the application, as Node.js is entirely non-blocking and event-based, allowing for true concurrency among requests. Node.js is lightweight and relatively new, however, which ultimately means that your organization will be largely on its own when it comes to non-standard extensions. While there is active plug-in development for Node.js, the technology is not as matured as Apache. This usually means that you need to write your own plug-ins to cover the areas where…


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