As this MEAN (MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS, NodeJS) stack gains in worldwide popularity, it begs the question of whether or not this is the end of LAMP? Before saying Yes or No, let’s first get to know a little bit about these two Web platforms.
LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)
It is one of the earliest stacks to get traction and the most traditional stack mode, is made up of all free, open-source software elements that work well for Dynamic web sites and applications. LAMP includes the Linux operating system, PHP application software, MySQL database and the Apache Web server. It’s flexible, easy to develop applications with, easy to deploy, customizable, secure, and comes with a huge support community. LAMP’s open source nature is also one of its greatest benefits.
Some Of The Key Variations:
- WAMP (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP): A Microsoft Windows OS (Operating System) equivalent that’s easy to get started with. The WIMP stack (Windows, IIS, MSSQL Server, ASP.net) is similar, but relies on Microsoft’s Internet Information Server (IIS) instead of Apache for Web serving and ASP.net instead of Perl, PHP, or Python for programmability.
- LAPP (Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL, PHP): IT is a PostgreSQL database variation that’s optimized for enterprise-level projects.
- MAMP (Mac OS X, Apache, MySQL, PHP): A MacOS X operating system variation and is available for Windows and Mac.
- XAMPP (Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Perl): It includes an FTP server, which is cross-platform, and is able to run on Linux, Mac operating and Windows systems.
A Lean MEAN Substitute
Benefits of the MEAN Stack
There are some great reasons why many view the MEAN Stack as having the upper hand over the LAMP Stack:
Relational databases like MySQL have been around for three decades and they surely have their place. It is just a matter of the application's objectives. MongoDB may be better in some cases and MySQL others. But fortunately this doesn’t affect the MEAN acronym. The “M” in “MEAN” can stand for Mongo or MySQL. Critics of the MEAN stack sometimes point out that MongoDB may work well for small to mid-sized applications, but less so for large-scale applications that must service hundreds of millions of users.
Difference Between LAMP STACK and MEAN STACK
|Web Server||Apache: Commonly used.||ExpressJS: is a Node.js Web application framework. It creates an MVC-like application on the server side. It also allows users to create routes and templates.|
|Servers||“LAMP” is derived from [OS]: Linux (L), Macintosh (M), or Windows (W) Apache web server (A)
PHP (often now also Python and Perl) (P)
Apache is used to host HTTP files, MySQL for databases, and PHP/Python/Perl for Programming language used for creating dynamic webpages.
|“MEAN” is derived from MongoDB (M), ExpressJS (E), AngularJS (A), and Node.js (N).
LAMP might become outdated in the near future. But it is not the case yet as it is still a reliable player which has established its efficiency over the years. However, the MEAN Stack is surely an innovative, new and cutting-edge technology package that will perhaps conquer the market shortly.