Building an MVP for a startup is a critical phase. Choosing the right technology stack for development is crucial for the time to market, stability, and scalability of your product or service. Since the last couple of years, MEAN stack has been very popular among startups and in this blog, we will explore why many tech startups prefer MEAN stack as their preferred development platform.
What is MEAN Stack?
The Pros of using MEAN stack
MongoDB is a NoSQL database and it is inherently flexible when compared to other SQL databases. MongoDB makes it easy to make changes in the data model on the go and gives a lot of options to make the queries faster for specific result sets. For databases which need to handle huge volumes of data, MongoDB becomes an obvious choice if the system is going to be designed and built from scratch. As MongoDB stores different structured data in same document collection there is no need to worry about old data if there is any change in the data model during the development process.
Supports MVC Architecture – AngularJS uses MVC to organize applications and thereby supports rapid and parallel development. MVC model allows multiple programmers to work on the code simultaneously. One programmer can work on the controller to create business logic and one on the view. Hence the development time can be reduced to three times.
Good community support – AngularJS, NodeJS, ExpressJS, and MongoDB have a good user community and good adoption rate among the leading tech brands in the world including Google and Amazon.
Low deployment cost – Deployment cost for an application developed in MEAN stack is cheaper as the components are free and it can run on any Linux server.
MEAN stack can also be used for API-first development approach and maintaining a highly decoupled architecture. With this approach, it will become easy to interchange frontend frameworks (React, Vue etc) with very limited to no impact on the backend.
The Cons of using MEAN stack
Learning Curve – if you are already a Java developer, you have to unlearn some of the concepts to learn AngularJS and NodeJS. Typically it takes between 4 to 6 weeks to get started. AngularJS is a single page application framework and hence not suitable for search engine optimization (SEO).
Browser Compatibility – Most AngularJS applications don’t support earlier versions of Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox.
Which technology stack you prefer for your MVP & What makes you choose that? Please share with us as your comments.