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MEAN Blueprints

By : Robert Onodi
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MEAN Blueprints

By: Robert Onodi

Overview of this book

The MEAN stack is a combination of the most popular web development frameworks available—MongoDB, Angular, Express, and Node.js used together to offer a powerful and comprehensive full stack web development solution. It is the modern day web dev alternative to the old LAMP stack. It works by allowing AngularJS to handle the front end, and selecting Mongo, Express, and Node to handle the back-end development, which makes increasing sense to forward-thinking web developers. The MEAN stack is great if you want to prototype complex web applications. This book will enable you to build a better foundation for your AngularJS apps. Each chapter covers a complete, single, advanced end-to-end project. You’ll learn how to build complex real-life applications with the MEAN stack and few more advanced projects. You will become familiar with WebSockets and build real-time web applications, as well as create auto-destructing entities. Later, we will combine server-side rendering techniques with a single page application approach. You’ll build a fun project and see how to work with monetary data in Mongo. You will also find out how to a build real-time e-commerce application. By the end of this book, you will be a lot more confident in developing real-time, complex web applications using the MEAN stack.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
MEAN Blueprints
About the Author
About the Reviewer

Setting up the base application

Let's set up the base structure and files of our application. The whole source code for the project will be available as a bundle at Therefore, we are only going to detail the most important part of setting up the base application.

Installing the dependencies

Let's start by creating our package.json file in the root of the project and adding the following code:

  "name": "mean-blueprints-expensetracker",
  "version": "0.0.1",
  "repository": {
    "type": "git",
    "url": ""
  "engines": {
    "node": ">=0.12.0"
  "scripts": {
    "start": "node app.js",
    "unit": "mocha tests/unit/ --ui bdd --recursive --reporter spec --timeout 10000 --slow 900",
    "integration": "mocha tests/integration/ --ui bdd --recursive --reporter spec --timeout 10000 --slow 900"
  "dependencies": {
    "async": "^0.9.0",
    "body-parser": "^1.12.3",
    "express": "^4.12...