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MEAN Web Development - Second Edition

By : Amos Q. Haviv
Book Image

MEAN Web Development - Second Edition

By: Amos Q. Haviv

Overview of this book

The MEAN stack is a collection of the most popular modern tools for web development that helps you build fast, robust, and maintainable web applications. Starting with the MEAN core frameworks, this pragmatic guide will explain the key concepts of each framework, how to set them up properly, and how to use popular modules to connect it all together. By following the real-world examples shown in this tutorial, you will scaffold your MEAN application architecture, add an authentication layer, and develop an MVC structure to support your project development. You will learn the best practices of maintaining clear and simple code and will see how to avoid common pitfalls. Finally, you will walk through the different tools and frameworks that will help expedite your daily development cycles. Watch how your application development grows by learning from the only guide that is solely orientated towards building a full, end-to-end, real-time application using the MEAN stack!
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
MEAN Web Development Second Edition
About the Author
About the Reviewer

Introducing MEAN

MEAN is an abbreviation for MongoDB, Express, Angular, and Node.js. The concept behind it is to use only JavaScript-driven solutions to cover the different parts of your application. The advantages are great and are as follows:

  • A single language is used throughout the application

  • All the parts of the application can support and often enforce the use of the MVC architecture

  • Serialization and deserialization of data structures is no longer needed, because data marshaling is done using JSON objects

However, there are still a few important questions that remain unanswered:

  • How do you connect all the components together?

  • Node.js has a huge ecosystem of modules, so which modules should you use?

  • JavaScript is paradigm agnostic, so how can you maintain the MVC application structure?

  • JSON is a schema-less data structure, so how and when should you model your data?

  • How do you handle user authentication?

  • How should you use the Node.js non-blocking architecture to support real-time interactions?

  • How can you test your MEAN application code base?

  • Considering the rise of DevOps and CI, what kind of JavaScript development tools can you use to expedite your MEAN application development process?

In this book, I'll try to answer these questions and many more. However, before we go any further, you will first need to install the basic prerequisites.