What does Full Stack mean, and how is it different from MEAN Stack? Why are technology stacks important? Find out in this short guide for non-developers.
If you’re hiring developers or cooperating with them in your job, communication is easier when you understand what they can and cannot do.
It’s a list of apps (including basics like Mailchimp or Google Drive), programming languages, frameworks, infrastructures (like Amazon Web Services), and all other bits of software combined and assembled into a web product like Facebook or GitHub. You can browse thousands of technology stacks from companies around the world on Stack share.
The developers’ preferred technology stack can tell you a lot about them. For starters, a MEAN stack developer won’t always be a full-fledged Full Stack developer. On the other hand, a true Full Stack developer can use the MEAN Stack simply as a tool for certain situations. Like prototyping or quickly building dynamic web apps.
Let’s not beat around the bush, and just look up the definition of Full Stack web development on the biggest site for web developers, w3schools.com: “A full stack web developer is a person who can develop both client and server software. In addition to mastering HTML and CSS, he/she also knows how to:
Full Stack is the jack-of-all-trades of building web applications:
To put this into startup terms, MEAN Stack is a minimum viable product, and Full Stack is a fully-featured application. The end result of using MEAN Stack is the same as any stack – a working finished web application. But there is a huge difference under the hood.
|Apps are meant to be hosted on the cloud
|Apps can be hosted anywhere
|Any database can be used
|Apps can be built in any programming language and its’ corresponding frameworks
|Technologies for building the visual user interface are limited to the Angular framework
|The user interface can be built from the ground up, or using any framework that fits the rest of the tech stack
JS has actually been around for decades. It exploded in popularity when computers, along with internet connections, became powerful enough to handle it without choking.
With that in mind, should we even differentiate between a Full Stack and MEAN Stack, the developer? While they both meet the definition of Full Stack, there is still one key difference.
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