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MEAN/LAMP – Which is Better?

mean vs lamp

One of the trending architecture nowadays with its usage and fun to work which as lead web development provoking to work with these.What I think is MEAN and LAMP stacks have their own advantage and disadvantages which makes them different. As per the need and dependency of the web applications, I think one should decide with which architecture they must move ahead.

What is LAMP?

lamp stack

It is a stack which was a foundation of the web for a long time. Web development platform that uses Linux as the operating system, Apache as the web server, MySql as the relational database management system and PHP as the object-oriented scripting language.

What is MEAN?
The stack with relatively young and increasing number of supporters. We can say it is a collection of JavaScript-based technologies used to develop the web application.

mean stack

MEAN stack is a full stack JavaScript solution that helps build fast, robust, and maintainable production web applications using MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, and Node.js.

When to choose MEAN or LAMP?
It is not a wise idea to migrate already existing developed application in a LAMP to MEAN, but for a new requirement sure a good option to think.

The same it is not appropriate to go with MEAN for a simple website development for which LAMP has topped to meet the needs with a powerful CMS like WordPress or Drupal. For e-commerce business domains there’s are plenty of existing available software’s to handle this so opting MEAN will be again a foolish choice.

  • If something like UI focused application needs to be developed then MEAN is probably a good option to use, the other reasons might be
  • Usage of the same language for both client-side and server side. Node JS is a platform that brought Javascript implementation of the server side and with the use of angular js, for front-end which made it easier to reuse the code.

client side & server side

  • Node Js uses web sockets to enable sending data to the client without requesting to a client which makes an ideal choice to user node js in a real-time web application like chatting, gaming and much more.

web sockets

  • Unlike any other database, adding a field to Mongo DB doesn’t require updating the entire table which makes it easier to use for large enterprise application.
  • Deciding between the LAMP and MEAN is really project specific. Depending on available skills, business restraints, and application demands, one could choose from either option.

What we need to keep in mind is that a startup’s success is not determined by its stack. What determines success is execution. Time spent between anticipating LAMP vs MEAN can usually be better spent elsewhere. Like, obtaining customers and figuring out what you need to build.

choose the right stack

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