The web and mobile app development services have stepped up to next level in last 5 years. Web and apps are all built utilizing a ‘stack’ of various technologies like MEAN Stack, MERN Stack, LAMP Stack etc.
Because of invention of so many languages in web and mobile development, it is advisable to understand and choose right language, framework and technology before starting a development.
What is ” Stack”?
Before going further, it is essential to understand what “Stack” stands for? A “Stack” refers to any combination of programming languages and technologies used to develop a project. For example, MEAN stack is a acronym of MongoDB as database, Express.js as server, Angular.js as frontend technology and Node.js as a server side scripting language.
Comparing Two Popular Web Development Approaches: Full Stack vs. MEAN Stack
Unlike MEAN, Full Stack is not a acronym of any web technology or development language. On the other hand, MEAN stack is combination of 4 core components – MongoDB, Express.js, Angular.js, and Node.js.
1) Client-Side Technologies
2) Server-Side Technologies
Full stack, unlike MEAN stack, enables programmers to take advantage of robust server-side programming languages like Java, Python, PHP, Ruby, and C#.
In MEAN Stack, developers has to work with only single database – Mongo DB. Mongo DB is non-rational database and does not store records in tables but creates documents for each record. Many web developers nowadays prefer MongoDB because of scalability and security it provides over rational databases. Full stack web development, on the other hand, allows developers to work with an array of relational and non-relational databases like MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and SQLite.
4) Web Frameworks
MEAN stack consists of frontend and backend web frameworks. It enables developers to accelerate client side web development by leveraging Angular.js and server-side development by leveraging Node.js and Express.js. On contrary, full stack development approach enables programmers to work with varied frontend and backend web frameworks. The developers even have option to choose from a wide range of full-stack web frameworks according to their choice of programming language and precise project needs.