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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

Installing Express

Up until now, we used npm to directly install external modules for our Node application. You could, of course, use this approach and install Express by typing the following command:

$ npm install express

However, directly installing modules isn't really scalable. Think about it for a bit: you're going to use many Node modules in your application, transfer it between working environments, and probably share it with other developers. So, installing the project modules this way will soon become a dreadful task. Instead, you should start using the package.json file, which organizes your project metadata and helps you manage your application dependencies. Begin by creating a new working folder and a new package.json file inside it, which contains the following code snippet:

  "name" : "MEAN",
  "version" : "0.0.3",
  "dependencies" : {
    "express" : "4.14.0"

In the package.json file, note that you included three properties: the name and version of your application and...