Mean Stack is a collection of JavaScript based technologies to develop robust and secure web applications. MEAN is acronym for MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS and Node.js. MEAN is an opinionated fullstack JavaScript framework. MEAN applications can be written in one language from client-side to server-side execution.

Node.js: Server side JavaScript execution environment. It’s a platform built on Google Chrome’s V8 JavaScript runtime and helps in building highly scalable and synchronized applications quickly and in a seamless manner.

ExpressJS: Lightweight framework used to build web applications in Node. Inspired by the popular Ruby framework, Sinatra, Express provides several high-performance features for building single and multi-page web applications.

MongoDB: Schemaless NoSQL database system. MongoDB saves data in binary JSON format, making it easier to pass data between client and server.

AngularJS: JavaScript framework developed by Google providing some excellent features like the two-way data binding. It’s a comprehensive solution for rapid and robust front end development.

Meteor

Meteor is a free and Opensource JavaScript web framework written using Node.js, allowing rapid prototyping and providing cross-platform code for web, Android and iOS. Meteor offers relatively simple ways to build real-time mobile and web apps, entirely in JavaScript.

With universal JavaScript, the same code runs from the client to the cloud, all the way to packages and database APIs. The same code runs cross browsers and mobile devices via Meteor’s unified Isobuild system.

Advantages of Meteor.JS

Develop with just one language

Meteor.js eliminates the frustration of web developers as Meteor allows developers to manage the front-end, back-end and the database with JavaScript. No more hassles of juggling multiple responsibilities or managing different front-end, back-end or databases.

Scalability and Ease of Use

Meteor’s Galaxy platform is a cloud service specifically designed for Meteor app deployment. With Meteor’s scaling platform, app deployment, and monitoring gets much simpler connected client apps. Galaxy comes with special devops to launch and seamlessly manage your Meteor app. It provides developers the chance of focus on core functionality.

Galaxy always ensures the client code updates are coordinated with absolute precision to ensure a seamless and automatic upgrade experience for all clients – even while using the app.

Supportive Community

One of the highlights behind Meteor.js happens to be a vibrant and supportive community and several helpful resources that will help you keep updated about the latest happenings in the world of Meteor. The official YouTube channel for Meteor has a wide range of meetups, tips, tutorials and blogs. All these resources will help you learn the basics as well as master complex concepts without any trouble.

Quick Learning Curve for Beginners

You don’t have to be a JavaScript whiz or experienced in developing web application to get going with MeteorJS. Basic familiarity with loops, variables and JSON will help you to get started with MeteorJS. In fact, Meteor is one of the easiest frameworks for beginners to learn with tons of community resources. Further, developer needs to know just a single language that makes life of developer much easier.

Whenever you will come across an obstacle or are bogged down with an issue, the proactive and friendly Meteor community on several mediums will help you find a solution.

Simplicity & Power

Whether you opt for Meteor or MEAN stack entirely depends on your business requirements and technical capability of your team. But there is no denying that Meteor will open your mind to a whole new world of possibilities. Even if you don’t opt for Meteor, you will be able to roll out MVP quickly and the framework has the ability to help developers to scale their apps.

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