Is Full Stack the same as MEAN Stack?
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 Stackshare.|
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.
The basics – Full Stack
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:
- Program a server (like using PHP, ASP, Python, or Node)
- Program a database (like using SQL, SQLite, or MongoDB)”
The term is specific to web development. It basically means a developer who can take requirements for a web application, and turn them into a working product all by himself.
Full Stack is the jack-of-all-trades of building web applications:
- they can use different programming languages (Python, Ruby, C, PHP) to build their own business logic functionalities from the ground up
- they can work with various types of databases to meet specific data safety or scalability requirements
- they have a vast array of tools for building a unique user interface
- they can take their time perfecting every line of code, or optimize for speed
The basics – MEAN Stack
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.
|MEAN Stack||Full Stack|
|Apps are meant to be hosted on the cloud||Apps can be hosted anywhere|
|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|
Why is the MEAN stack useful?
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.
Why not just go Full Stack everytime?
Why don’t managers just go about hiring Full Stack developers for every project? Wouldn’t that be the simplest way to hire developers?
With that in mind, should we even differentiate between a Full Stack and MEAN Stack developer? While they both meet the definition of Full Stack, there is still one key difference.
Let’s sum it up
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