LAMP, the old standard for web application development is facing a serious challenger with the MEAN software stack. With MEAN, ideas are in charge. Gone are the days of shoehorning bold visions into inflexible technologies. With MEAN, modern, responsive design and fast data sharing is no longer a challenge to overcome.

Infinitely versatile, MEAN stack makes cutting-edge ideas reality. It’s fast, flexible, light, stripped down, and mobile centric. Simply put, MEAN hits the idea versus technology sweet spot: if you can dream it, MEAN can do it.

Why is MEAN Better Than LAMP: Asynchronous vs. Synchronous

MEAN, a JavaScript-powered software stack composed of MongoDB, Express.js, AngularJS, and Node.js, is leading the pack, rocketing ahead of LAMP’s aging technology. It’s the now generation, encouraging clean, modern design and a friendly user interface in an asynchronous environment. What’s asynchronous? It’s fast, responsive, adaptive, and intuitive. It’s information you want when you want it. Think of sites like Twitter and Facebook that give you up-to-the-moment information, customized to your interests. Asynchronous, versus LAMP’s synchronous, means you have the data you need when you need it, seamlessly. And just as importantly, there’s no disconnect with your data and how you want your application to look.  MEAN ensures on-demand web and application development that creates the dynamic web environment that savvy users of technology expect.

The Power of Data: MongoDB vs. MySQL

LAMP’s MySQL  is a relational database that forces you to store all of your information in cumbersome, limiting, and often ill-fitting tables. Good data is complex, and tables can’t reliably contain the nuances and changing priorities of today’s successful businesses. MongoDB’s JSON-powered NoSQL document-based database means it’s easy to access, add, and modify information as your organization’s needs change. Users expect information that anticipates needs, pulls data from a myriad of sources, and does so with lightning speed. MongoDB is an ultra-modern, flexible database built for the cloud. No longer is sharing data a challenge to be overcome. MongoDB grows with your business and adapts with you rather than against you.

Imagine a vast and intricate domino maze. Now, imagine the data you need is contained on that very first domino, but to access it, you need to knock down the entire elaborate maze. It takes time and it’s messy. And to complicate matters, imagine you need to add a domino, or a piece of data, to your perfectly constructed labyrinth: half of the maze will topple, but the other half remains untouched. It just won’t work. You simply can’t access the information you need on that first domino. If one piece breaks, it’s all over.

With MongoDB, your data is always accessible. Instead of the lengthy, delicate maze, MongoDB is the boneyard. Simply pluck the domino containing your information from the pile. It’s all there, it’s all accessible. Quick and neat. Need to add data? No problem: toss another domino into the pile. Efficient and effective. With MongoDB, your code loads as your quickly as your site, thanks to the power of MongoDB, timeout errors a thing of the past. You’ve worked hard to attract visitors to your site, and MongoDB helps keep them there.

The Rest of the Stack: Express.js, AngularJS, and Node.js

Because MEAN uses JSON throughout, client front-end developers and database-wrangling back-end developers can finally speak the same language, saving you time and money in both development, testing, and deployment. Web applications built with user interface in mind are cleaner, simpler, more modern, and easier to use–by definition. MongoDB may be the brains and the brawn, but the rest of the stack brings on the beauty.

Express.js. is the minimalist back-end that helps standardize sites while offering developers loads of plugin features to customize content and site feel. AngularJS, the open-sourced front-end framework, makes it easy to add interactive functionality, expanding static HTML code into the dynamic and expressive web environment your business desires. AngularJS, like the rest of the MEAN stack relies on JavaScript, which simplifies development and testing of applications.

Node.js is an open-source cross-platform framework that facilitates speedy file transfers, making it easy to change queries, rewrite URLs, customize, and to deploy applications across multiple platforms. Node.js is the secret sauce that holds everything together. Develop once, deploy twice. Node.js makes life easier. Diehards will argue that LAMP’s PHP code library offers developers tried and true options. And while it may be in the lead for now, it’s long in the tooth, slow, and eats up a lot of RAM. Node’s fast, efficient and as its popularity grows, so does its code library.

Are you looking for responsive, dynamic, fast, intuitive, and cutting-edge web applications? Are you brimming with ideas? Are you tired of being held hostage by technology? MEAN is the way to go and our Custom Team can make it happen. Call Horton Group today at 615-292-8642.