In an earlier post we have dealt in detail with who a full-stack developer is and the necessary skills s/he needs to possess. Simply put, as a full-stack developer one needs to effectively handle both the front and back-end development of a website or an application. This involves learning a number of programming languages and tools. Who, then, is a MEAN stack and what is the difference between MEAN stack and full-stack?
MEAN Stack vs Full Stack
Angular JS: Accepts requests and display results to the end-user
- NodeJS: Handles client and server requests
- Express JS: Makes the requisite requests to the database and fetches a response
- MongoDB: Stores and retrieves data.
When it comes to back-end development, full-stack developers may tend to have an upper hand. A MEAN stack developer has access to NodeJS for server-side programming. While it lends itself to asynchronous programming as well, it cannot offer some of the results such as those offered by other powerful server-side languages such as PHP and Python.
There is also a great deal of difference between the databases that the two use. While a MEAN stack necessarily uses MongoDB, a non-relational, open-source, NoSQL database, which is known for its scalability, full-stack developers have access to a wide variety of other SQL based and relational databases as well.
To sum up
While the MEAN stack vs full-stack debate may go on, the fact remains that the demand for both these areas of expertise is high. Many projects prefer a full-stack developer on account of his holistic knowledge and expertise. On the other hand, several projects benefit from the knowledge of MEAN stack as it is known to be:
Enables quick and real-time changes
Offers time-saving on account of the technologies involved in it being open-source
Importantly, both of these make a person a full-stack developer as you are equipped to handle the client and the server-side. Depending upon the nature of the project, companies thereby benefit from hiring either.