If you’ve built a medium-sized to large-scale web application in the last few years, you probably considered basing it on the open source LAMP or MEAN stack. The older LAMP stack uses the Linux operating system, Apache web server, MySQL relational database, and PHP programming language. MEAN uses the MongoDB NoSQL database, the Express back-end web application framework, the Angular application platform, and the Node.js JavaScript runtime. MEAN is essentially an end-to-end JavaScript stack. Linux isn’t explicitly mentioned in the acronym, but is usually the OS underneath Node.

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