Talking Stacks — LAMP vs MEAN

Talking Stacks — LAMP vs MEAN

Have you come across hardcore developers from time to time, incessantly debating about LAMP and MEAN, while you as a non-developer become spaced out by the insane amounts of technical jargon involved?

This blog intends to school you about the two timeless development stacks, one which the core expertise for full-stack web application development and the other for enterprise level platforms. We are going to explain what they both stacks are, what technologies do they include and more.

What is LAMP?

The older and maturer stack choice for veteran developers, LAMP consists of popular frameworks that include: Linux OS, Apache server, MySQL and PHP. The P can be Python and Perl as well depending upon which programming language is being used to code up the project.

For years, people have effectively used this stack to implement enterprise level web applications and servers.

What is MEAN?

The once new kid on the block, now a fully adopted framework by developers, is used to create cutting-edge web and mobile applications. MEAN stands for MongoDB, ExpressJS, Angular and NodeJS.

Comparing it with LAMP, the database layer is replaced completely with JSON storage which is the read by MongoDB. JSON is the native data language of JavaScript. Basically MEAN is a haven for all Javascript aficionados.

What Does MEAN Offer That LAMP Does Not

Although LAMP has had years of version releases and testing, businesses want fast and robust solutions at minimal time. Also developers are more inclined towards having flexibility and simplicity at their disposal while coding in a Javascript-centric environment.

MongoDB offers a more accommodating layer for managing and storing data. NodeJS; on the other hand, acts as lightweight middle-ware for running your server, while Express.js is a back-end web framework that provides a simple interface to package web apps with more ease. Lastly, Angular is the behemoth that allows creation of interactive front-end pages and dynamic single page applications.

In the next section we will have a look into the technologies and draw comparison over each stack to understand the perks and pitfalls of both in software development.

Databases — MySQL vs MongoDB

Developers who have maintained LAMP-based software solutions, know the pain of how MySQL can at times be restrictive. A command needs to be invoked to insert the data into the table. Same procedure needs to be followed for deleting or updating an entry.

In the case of MongoDB, packing a document structure grants developers more flexibility over the database.


With regard to comparing performance between MongoDB and MySQL, its a tough battle since both management systems are highly useful and the core differences would be within their basic operations and initial approach. However, MongoDB vs MySQL is a hot argument that is going on for a while now: mature relational database against a young NoSQL mechanism. Both are open-source and readily available on their websites.

Node leverages server level functionalities

Moving around LAMP stack layers can a difficult task even for a veteran developer. It involves jumping around various config files with differing syntax. MEAN simplifies this process through Node.js.

If you are wondering how your app is going to route requests, or modify logic that is used to answer queries or a critical rewrite of URLs or construct an odd mapping, Node.js will do the job. Henceforth, MEAN stack’s reliance on Node puts this kind of pipework all in one place, in one language — javascript. While the LAMP code base may have different config files for everything, Node.js avoids getting into this mess, altogether. Having everything in one layer means less confusion and less likelihood of bugs that would otherwise create intricate interactions between multiple layers.

No wonder why web app development is streamlined through using Nodejs and its developers are high in demand and highly paid these days.

Angular is the real deal

If you want to do anything on the client side, you’re on your own. Sure, there are plenty of good PHP-based frameworks that work with MySQL, but each is a bit different and moving in its own direction. WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal, for example, offer differing strategies, and it’s hard to switch between them, let alone port code from one to the other. Anointing one client framework adds consistency and stability.

Angular is being incorporated into many projects currently and a few of the mega internet companies have front end parts powered by Angular. The framework was build by a team of Google engineers with 20 years of experience. The designers of Angular looked at what humans do well, then tailored the JavaScript to facilitate developers to streamline front-end development.

The templating system and the logic layers are clean and intuitive, unmatched to other frameworks, in part because the team devised a simpler way to leverage the local power of JavaScript to guess what you are doing. It has solved many development issues when making reusable, maintainable or testable client-side applications powered by Javascript.


Shifting to MEAN technologies gives your software team several benefits, the three most significant being a single language from top to bottom, flexibility in deployment platform, and enhanced speed in data fetching.

However, the switch comes with trade-offs too. Your existing code will either needs to be rewritten in JavaScript or integrated into the new stack which is also a complicated way. While LAMP is a solution stack designed to build solid enterprise level solutions for various purposes and of all nature, LAMP has been seen as a powerful yet quite simple platform. It has the potential to drive the web application quite efficiently still in today’s digital world.


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