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It’s taken quite a while to get our heads around some of the new concepts in the MEAN stack, and I’ve put together this article to list some useful resources based around the MEAN stack and it’s component parts. This is a work in progress and will be updated as I learn more. It’s not a definitive resource and elements may well be incorrect but it’s at least a starting point for you
As it’s a relatively new stack (compared to say LAMP) and as the components are themselves also being developed the resources around the web are pretty sparse compared to other established development frameworks such as MS.NET, MS-SQL, PHP & MySQL etc. Thats not to say that the MEAN Stack isn’t suitable for production use – there are plenty of examples of it’s use in mainstream, high user environments.
Firstly, an introduction to the MEAN Stack.
The MEAN Acronym is made of:
- (M)ongoDB – an open source, noSQL document database
- (E)xpressJS – an http server framework that sits on top of Node.js (see below)
The order of the acronym is a little misleading – on a logical basis from Client –> Server but it’s easy to remember and understand.
So, how does all this fit together to create a nice development stack?
The MEAN Stack Resource List
KeystoneJS – a fantastic framework and toolset for building Node.JS apps.
Non specific resources and background reading for the components of the MEAN Stack
Node.js – the platform for serving both the API backend, and the AngularJS client
mean.io – MEAN Stack boilerplate example
This is an excellent book giving a good background on how Node.js is put together and some good examples of the different applications of Node.
MongoDB Architecture Overview - a great overview of how MongoDB operates.
Mongoose – Object modelling for Mongodb
Node Restify – REST framework for NodeJS
Node Perfect API - another REST framework for NodeJS
Information and resources about developing SPAs with AngularJS.
Twitter Bootstrap - Front end framework;
UI Bootstrap (AngularJS version of Twitter Bootstrap)
Background reading and resources for development specific tasks such as user authentication.
HTTP Interception for Authentication in AngularJS – Witold Szczerba
Dealing with User Authentication in AngularJS – Bruno Scopelliti
Authentication of SPAs in AngularJS – Frederik Nakstad
Creating a Secure SPA with PassportJS – Daniel Studds
AngularJS Client Side Authentication source code by Frederik Nakstad
PassportJS - Authentication plugin for ExpressJS.
Nodestrap - Example Authentication System for the MEAN stack – Hugu Dias
Http Intercept module – Witold Szczerba
Angular App - full CRUD Application Demo with Login
Mongoose Express Node Demo – there is no AngularJS client as the demo and code is done purely through Express (no Angular Client) . It’s a great learning resource though on how a full app can hang together using Mongoose for MongoDB.
Great SPA Example for Facebook and MEAN stack – superb step by step demonstration on how to create a single page application (SPA) using the MEAN stack with Passport for Facebook Authentication.
I’ll be updating this list on a regular basis – feel free to suggest any improvements or additions. (please be nice).