In this post we have compared LAMP Stack vs. MEAN Stack. Both stacks have their own set of advantages and disadvantages, so the one you choose will largely depend on the type of web application that you’re looking to build.

The Mean Stack

MEAN is a free and open-source JavaScript software stack for building dynamic websites and web applications. Introduced in 2014, MEAN has transformed the way of web development progresses. From client to server to database, MEAN is full stack JavaScript. MEAN stack offers flexibility and simplicity that LAMP doesn’t.

In other technologies, there are different languages used for front-end and back-end but MEAN Stack is written in one language for both server-side and client-side execution. So that MEAN is very simple and easy to use and understand.

MEAN is comprised of four components which are as follow:

M: MongoDB

Database Manager – used by the back-end of an application to store the data.

E: Express.JS

A back-end web application framework used to host Node.js projects running on top of Node.js.

A: AngularJS

A front-end web application framework for building apps.

N: Node.JS

A runtime environment which runs server-side web applications which is the back-end process.

Mean Stack Features

  • It is fully JavaScript based framework i.e. lets the developer write the entire code in JavaScript; from client to server.
  • It supports the MVC (Model View Controller) architecture.
  • It is an open source framework that means the stack gets updated regularly.
  • It is easy and flexible to use and understand that can fulfill your custom needs.

The LAMP Stack

A LAMP Stack is a set of open-source software that can be used to create websites and web applications. It is Linux based web servers consist of four software components. These components, arranged in layers supporting one another, make up the software stack. Websites and Web Applications run on top of this underlying stack.

LAMP is an acronym for Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP.

L: Linux

The operating system. It is the first layer that sets the foundation for the stack model. All other layers run on top of this layer.

A: Apache

HTTP Server resides on top of the Linux layer and responsible for translating from web browsers to their correct website.

M: MySQL

The relational database management system that stores details that can be queried by scripting to construct a website.

P: PHP

The programming language. Websites and Web Applications run within this scripting layer.

LAMP Stack Features

  • Less expensive compared to other open-source platforms.
  • Highly secure software development.
  • LAMP provides a great deal of flexibility.
  • Highly stable and scalable.

LAMP vs. MEAN

LAMPMEAN
Programming Language(s)Frontend—JavaScript
Backend—PHP
JavaScript as backend &
frontend
DatabaseMySQL, a ‘relational’
database
MongoDB, a
‘non-relational’ database
Operating SystemLinux OS onlyCross-platform
TechnologiesLinux, Apache,
MySQL, PHP
MongoDB, Express.js,
AngularJS, Node.js
AdoptersOracle, Zend, Linux
Foundation
Google, IBM, Samsung
StructureFaster & scalable due
to its non-blocking
structure
Slower & limited due
to its blocking
structure

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