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Which Stack is Right for Your Start-Up? MEAN or LAMP

Posted by: Mariya Parackal | On: 30th Dec, 2019 | Startup

MEAN vs LAMP stack – Are you still stuck to choose the right web stack for your startup? 

When it comes to the conflict between MEAN and LAMP, it is very obvious that MEAN has taken the world of web development. Years back, LAMP was taken the control of web development.

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But it doesn’t mean that LAMP is not productive, It will depend on the company that which is the right one they required for their web development. From the tough competition, MEAN stack has won the game. 

Here is everything you need to know before choosing your right stack for the startup. Know more about LAMP and MEAN. 

What is a LAMP stack?

LAMP stack is one of the strong platforms of open-source web development and the most common way to deliver web applications. LAMP stack is a simple and stable stack. The four layers of LAMP are: 

Linux – Operating System

Apache – Web Server

MySQL – DBMS

PHP – Programming Language

Advantages of LAMP stack

  • It can maintain and support well
  • This technology completely secured
  • Flexible and user-friendly
  • It is a scalable technology
  • Easy to customize modules

Disadvantages of LAMP stack

  • LAMP is not efficient and productive as mean
  • It is not the latest web stack
  • Developers are not interested to learn LAMP skills

What is a MEAN stack?

MEAN stack is clearly new in the field. It is the collection of Javascript-based technologies used to develop web applications. And MEAN script is preferred the most by new developers. The one and only thing that makes MEAN stack different and unique from LAMP are based on the Javascript. The four combinations that make MEAN a simple and easy-to-use stack are:

MongoDB – Data Storage

ExpressJS – Server-side application framework

AngularJS – Client-side Application framework

Node.js – Server-side Javascript execution environment

Advantages of MEAN stack

  • Isomorphic Coding
  • Open source and cloud compatible 
  • More Cost-Effective
  • Faster speed and usability
  • Easy to transfer between two frameworks
  • Simple and fast to switch between client and server

Disadvantages of MEAN stack

  • You may lose records
  • Poor isolation of server from business logic
  • Maintaining your app is quite hassle
  • Sustainability can become an issue

How to choose the best stack for your startup?

It really depends on the needs of your business. We see that both stack has its own merits and demerits, so the technology stack you choose will completely depend on which type of web application you’re building in your business. 

It’s a little bit hard for developers to handle a web app with high traffic and engagement. Hence they want a technology stack that is more flexible, simple and scalable. 

The one main reason that developers are moving from LAMP to MEAN is it’s less flexible and simple than MEAN. And the one main advantage is the Javascript code can be reused for server and client. It is mode secure when server and client codes are kept separate.

For developers, If you are more comfortable in using Javascript than other languages then using it at both front-end and back-end makes your life easier. Hence MEAN is the best choice for you. 

It’s hard to figure out which stack is used more frequently. If you are keen to know about the popularity of stacks check with Google Trends. There you will get the idea for which technology stack does people searching the most. 

Factors you have to consider before to choose the technology stack

Choosing a technology stack may depend on many factors. If you are a developer, here are a few questions for you: 

  • What kind of application do you want to create?
  • What is the expected lifetime?
  • What are the technologies available in your client’s infrastructure?
  • Ho to find developers to maintain application?

Once you decide which is the right stack for your start-up, here are the tips to pick an appropriate technology stack that will give you full functionality for your web application. 

  • Type of Project

Choosing the right technology stack is based on the type of project. There are three types of projects:

  1. Small Project: If the project is small, and you have to submit it in a short period of time then you can use technologies like WordPress or Content Management System. This kind of web applications can be created with unique solutions like landing pages, destination pages. 
  2. Mid-level Projects – When the projects are medium level, It must need programming languages. These web applications can be built with various functionalities and integrations. Such applications include eCommerce websites. 
  3. Complex Projects – When the projects are complex its web applications have complex integrations and functions and are built with different programming languages and technologies. It includes eCommerce marketplaces, social networks, etc. 
  • Time to Market

Finishing the project on time is a challenge. Reduce time to market means less development cost. If it is taking a lot of time for developing and testing, then it is a risk to launch on the date. Time to market completely depends on the technology stack you have selected for the web app. 

  1. Innovative Solutions
  2. Third-Party Integrations
  3. Availability of developers
  • Easy to test – Testing bugs are an inevitable part of the development and the most time-consuming part. For easy testing, the development process can maintain a bug-free code.
  • Development Cost – The cost of development directly relates to the technology stack you choose.
  • Scalability – Scalability refers to the ability of the application or website to handle work. Developers have to choose the stack that accommodates future growth of the app and the growth can be horizontal and vertical.

Wrap-Up

MEAN Stack is the new technology stack that developers love to do the most because of its simplicity and flexibility. On the other hand, LAMP is also a good player in the field with efficient web development solutions.

Both of them have their own pros and cons, so the final decision will depend on the project you got or the web application you have chosen for your start-up.

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