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MeteorJS Vs Mean Stack Development : Which One Works For You?

Among many frameworks available for web development, Meteor, and MEAN Stack, both of them have gained a lot of hype in the recent past. But, there is always a confusion about which is better? Which one of these to prefer one over the other.

This post will surely get rid of those confusions and help you make a better choice for your work.



What Is MEAN Stack?

MEAN stack is not a framework instead is a group of technologies like MongoDB, Express.js, Angular.js, and Node.js. MongoDB- a NoSQL database, Express.js - a web application framework, Angular.js Web Developments- a JavaScript framework and Node.js- an execution environment, together these technologies form a perfect package for aiding web development.



What Is MeteorJS?

MeteorJS is a full-stack JavaScript framework. The package was launched in 2011, It is free and is open-source, thus making web development easier than ever.

Meteor is a combination of MEAN Stack, Socket.io, Grunt/Gulp, Cordava, Hot Code Push Reload, and more.

What Are The Differences?

1. Different Levels Of Complexity

Meteor focuses on simplicity thus making learning it quite easy taking not more than a couple of hours. MEAN on the other hand demands learning about multiple techniques of which Angular.js is one of the tricky ones. Thus mastering Mean takes time and work.

In MEAN stack not only is one required to install all technologies but also to do the wiring up so that the stack is not seamless in nature. Whereas on the other hand one only needs to install Meteor. In Meteor, all the inseams are taken care of, no need to write additional data sync code.


2. Server-Client Relationship

While MEAN stack draws a separation between the server and clients due to the difference in API being used, the Meteor, on the other hand, uses Isomorphic API making full stack development easier. Meteor even makes simultaneous frontend and backend development possible.

3. Real-Time Applications

Meteor is a good choice for real-time applications due to its simplicity and auto update facilities. But if your application is more API driven with very less real time then MEAN stack is a good choice. MEAN stack provides flexibility since the developer puts all the pieces together thus giving him/her the choice of what to use.


4. Database Flexibility

Both No SQL and SQL databases are supported by MEAN stack whereas Meteor is restricted to NoSQL databases only.

5. Ease In Making Updates

Meteor allows you to make updates much easier, in case of any change in source code all the clients attached to the meteor server automatically get updated. This, however, is not the case with Mean stack. Achieving the same requires the use of Socket.io.

6. Developing Mobile Applications

Meteor is more useful for developing applications that require common codebase, eg. Android or iOS applications as compared to the meteor.


So What To Use And When?

Mean stack should be used when building a website and delivering the first page is the priority rather than fast development. When building web services that don't require client functionality, mean stack provides flexible options.

On the other hand, Meteor should be used if you are making real-time web applications instead of a website. If your goal is to convert applications to Android apps or iOS. When speedy development is your priority, Meteor should be your go-to option.

To wrap it all, just by keeping in account the nature of your project, its requirement, its services to be delivered, and by acknowledging the functional differences between the meteor and mean stack, one can make the best decision about which one works for them.

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Jade Gardner

Jade Gardner is a Marketing Manager a Hire Php Developer. She is a resident of the United Kingdom. Jade is also an experienced Php developer. She also likes to share her thoughts, cms development, Angularjs Web Application Development, and web development techniques.
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