Many enterprise leaders today are struggling to make sense of the many options available within the modern web. Very powerful community solutions exist for common problems encountered in modern web development, but the trick is weaving these open source projects together to form a full-stack solution that allows the enterprise to focus on solving business problems.
MEAN.JS has matured, can handle enterprise demands and supports automated testing which will improve both your quality and agility.
Below is an overview of the primary technologies used by MEAN.JS:
AngularJS is a very popular MVC application framework for building dynamic applications. It controls Bootstrap views by reacting to user input and loading data from the backend via REST services.
Bootstrap 3 is the most popular front-end css framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web. It is primarily used for creating views.
Express is a minimal and flexible node.js web application framework, providing a robust set of features for building single / multi-page and hybrid web applications. It provides a simple web server to host your REST API and dynamically serves the root index page.
Grunt is the ultimate build tool that works seamlessly across Mac and Windows. The Grunt ecosystem is huge and it’s growing every day. With literally hundreds of plugins to choose from, you can use Grunt to automate just about anything with a minimum of effort.
Here are some common tasks where Grunt can help
- Asset minification / bundling
- ATL JS/CSS watch transpiler
- Local Webserver
- JS Hint
- Custom Build Rules
Yeoman allows application scaffolding with code generators. The tool can save developers a lot of time and help encourage following best practices.
Bower is the package manager for web dependencies. It allows easy inclusion and versioning of libraries like JQuery, Underscore, etc…
NPM is the package manager for NodeJS dependencies. It makes upgrading/versioning NodeJS modules a breeze.
The Full Stack
1) Save Time Getting Started
2) Leverage Community Experience
3) Fail Quickly/Cheaply
A prototype can be rapidly created with MEAN.JS. The prototype can test the value of your application before you invest a lot in it. After you prove the value proposition you can have more confidence that further investment will be worthwhile. The MEAN.JS stack is scalable for solving many business problems. However, if your particular problem will not scale, you could plugin a different backing store or provider for your REST services. The architecture will enable this agility while also giving you early feedback on the value of your application.
4) Unify Front/Back End
5) Utilize Proven Technologies
The technologies in MEAN.JS are well established and ready to handle the challenges your business faces. Several large companies are leveraging NodeJS with great success. NodeJS has allowed these companies to rapidly develop scalable solutions that are easier to maintain.
6) Automated Testing
The architecture is setup to support automated testing. Automated testing can greatly increase the agility and quality of your applications. Developers can know instantly that a feature broke several test cases and make corrections immediately.
7) Stay Hip & Trendy
The technologies in the stack are all very popular and as such recruiting resources proficient in them will be easier. In addition talented developers will be attracted to your shop to work on these newer technologies which will drastically improve your chance of success. The Google trends graph below shows how AngularJS is rapidly becoming the most popular HTML5 framework.
Visit MEAN.JS Docs to learn how to create your initial application. Our team of experts can also help make MEAN.JS a part of your organization. In addition, we can provide mobile know-how to deploy your application to various devices within your business.