If you are responsible for your organizations digital strategy or technology, then you know the importance of software stacks and what they mean to businesses today. Long gone are the days where one language or framework was enough to build an entire business’ online presence. Today with apps, websites, and communication platforms evolving rapidly, packages like the MEAN stack have become increasingly popular. But just what is MEAN stack development, how do you use it, and what are common challenges associated with it?
It’s impossible to develop software without understanding what you’re working with first. So if this your first introduction to MEAN, application development, then peruse the description as follows:
It’s crucial to understand how the various MEAN components fit together and what they are if you are to create anything valuable with them and avoid the challenges:
MongoDB – a NoSQL database loved by programmers around the world. It is scalable, allowing your business to remain agile in this digital race.
Express – this uses node.js as a web application framework. It’s minimally resource intensive and very flexible, while still robust. You can make multi-page or single page web apps with it
AngularJS – this technology achieved fame by Google creating and using it heavily in their app kingdom. It allows you to extend HTML for your app, which means it’s expressive, easily readable, and can be developed rapidly.
All of these languages and frameworks are works in progress like most application development. Because they’re constantly being updated, they have new bugs arise. This requires that your team stays on top of potential errors in the code, whether it was created by your team or the creators of MEAN. Luckily, open source code repositories allow you to see what common issues to expect and plan accordingly.
Part of agile and scalable development in today’s world is using team heirarchies to achieve corporate goals. When teams synergize they can achieve maximum output while minimizing downtime. To bring projects in under budget and on time you need to make sure you team has the right set of skills between them. In addition to that, they need a shared vocabulary to communicate directives and take ownership of their scope of the project while meeting budget and market realities.
Legacy code will no longer work in the digital space going forward, especially mobile app development. With MEAN and other full stacks, you have to be constantly evolving. Never stop learning about the new ways in which frameworks interact.