Which technology stack should you choose—MEAN or MERN?
The similarity between the two can be confusing, but with Taazaa as your full-stack development partner, you get the guidance you need to make the right choice.
What’s the Difference Between MEAN and MERN?
The short answer is that MEAN uses Angular and MERN uses React.
MEAN, and MERN are technology “stacks” that offer equally effective yet different approaches to app development. However, choosing one over the other can result in an easier or more flexible development process, both in the short term or when making changes to your app later on.
What’s a Stack?
Every application has a bunch of smaller elements that work together. Each component of an app is organized in what’s called a “stack.” Different elements in the stack work together to deliver the expected results.
Both and MEAN and MERN are full-stack tools for app development. This means a developer can use their components to create everything an app needs.
MEAN = MongoDB, Express.js, Angular, Node.js
MERN = MongoDB, Express.js, React, Node.js
MEAN and MERN have these elements common:
MongoDB: This is a database, and it stores data used by back-end applications. The data in MongoDB is stored in a format called JSON.
Express.js: This is a back-end application. It listens for user requests, gets information that’s stored in the database, and sends it to the front-end where the user can see it.
Node.js: Like a conductor in an orchestra, Node.js governs how everything works together. It is a runtime system that decides how code is executed, how resources are used, and if there are any errors
Benefits and Use Cases of Angular
Angular makes creating single-page applications easy.
Angular has a routing feature that makes the creation of single-page applications easier. This makes it, so the user doesn’t feel like they’re being sent to another place on the internet every time they click on something.
Angular makes components more reusable.
Angular supports dependency injections, which makes it easier to reuse components. A dependency is something an app uses to perform an action. Traditionally, dependencies are defined within the components the app uses, making them inextricably linked. Change a dependency, and you have to change the component associated with it.
Angular’s use of injectors lets you define the dependencies as elements external to their components. Separating them like this allows you to inject them into processes, making components more reusable. You don’t have to change a component when a dependency changes.
Angular has a large support community.
Engineers have been using Angular for several years. From a developer’s point of view, this means there’s a ton of helpful information available from the Angular community.
Angular is used for top sites and web applications.
Popular sites that use Angular include PayPal and Weather.com. Angular makes PayPal’s checkout process seamless, regardless of where you’re shopping. Similarly, Angular gives the same look and feel to Weather.com’s maps, weather broadcasts, and videos, even though they’re produced by different teams and managed by different systems.
Your overall project requirements will determine which stack is best for you—MEAN or MERN.
Benefits and Use Cases of React
React makes creating dynamic web applications easier.
A dynamic web app is one that changes based on how you interact with it. This is different from a static app, where what you see is what you get. The contents of a dynamic web app often come from a content management system (CMS). What the CMS sends to the web app depends on the commands it gets. Creating a site that changes based on user input may be easier if your developer uses React.
React helps improve site performance.
React’s virtual Document Object Model (DOM) helps many websites run faster and smoother. DOM is a way of managing the documents that show up on web pages and applications. When the DOM gets updated with new content, the application’s performance may suffer. With React’s virtual DOM, performance is smoother and faster. Why? Because no changes are made directly to the DOM when a React component gets written. Only virtual elements get written, and React handles all the changes to the DOM itself, resulting in better performance for the end-user.
Netflix and Airbnb are popular use cases of React.
Netflix owes much of its smooth, interactive performance to the fact that it’s built using React. And as Airbnb property owners and managers update their listings, users get seamless views of their options. Further, as users enter different parameters, the React framework enables the site to quickly retrieve all the variables the user needs to see.
Our MEAN and MERN Capabilities
Still confused about which technology stack you should choose? Let us help.
Taazaa offers the following full-stack development services:
MEAN and MERN consulting
MEAN or MERN application development
Legacy application modernization
Application performance optimization
With Taazaa, you can tap into over 40 full-stack developers with experience in MEAN and MERN stack development.
Our engineers have earned all the requisite certifications to qualify them to take your project to the next level.
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