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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

In many cases, most developers will have already set up their own boilerplate code that they use for Node applications. One reason for this could be that there is more than one right way of doing things. Usually, your boilerplate will cover the initial functionalities of your application, such as user schema, sign-in, and registration.

Because we already have a solid base from the initial two chapters, we can reuse a lot of the code base. I've already put together a simple base application that we can start with. Just follow these steps to clone the project:

  1. Clone the project from GitHub at

  2. Rename your boilerplate project to jobboard.

  3. If you want, you can stop pointing to the initial Git repository by running the following command:

    git remote remove origin
  4. Jump to your working directory:

    cd jobboard
  5. Install all dependencies:

    npm install
  6. Create a development configuration file:

    cp config/environments/example.js config...