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July 18, 2017 - Marina D

Are MEAN Stack Developers the Same as Full Stack Ones?

You may have heard about MEAN stack developers or JavaScript full stack developer and wondered what they are. To understand them, we first have to look into the structure of the web.  Web development is divided into two major components. The first one is called the frontend component, which consists of everything accessible to the client side, or simply put, the user: the web pages themselves and everything on them, such as the text contents, buttons, forms, images and other media, as well as the behavior of all these web page components. In development terms, these are controlled by HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and all their libraries and frameworks. The other component is called the backend component, and it consists of everything that happens on the server side: all the logical processes and manipulations of the data acquired from the client side, and the storage and retrieval of these data to and from the database.

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Unsurprisingly, these different segments of web development also require different tools and technologies to handle them. There are, for instance, different programming languages available to write backend code, and different database systems to store data in.

Web development that’s involved in both the frontend and backend components of web development is called full stack web development. The stack term alludes to the layered or stack-like structure of data flow through the web.

The MEAN stack is simply a set of technologies that may be used for full stack web development.

MEAN Stack Developers: A Closer Look

JavaScript MEAN stack

Technologies in the MEAN Stack

The name “MEAN” is in fact an acronym for the four technologies that comprise the stack: MongoDB, Express.js, AngularJS, and Node.js. It was first coined by MongoDB developer Valeri Karpov in a 2013 blog post on the MongoDB website, where he explained the advantages of using the four technologies in full stack web development.

Simply put the four technologies in the MEAN makes full stack development uniform, because the four technologies involved use, to some extent, the JavaScript programming language: AngularJS, Node.js and Express.js are all frameworks based on JavaScript, while MongoDB stores data in a format similar to the one used by JavaScript to store data. Therefore, full stack development with the MEAN stack becomes seamless and feels unified, and using it leads to performance gains and reduction in development time and subsequently, development costs.

One question then arises: Are MEAN stack developers considered full stack developers? The answer here, of course, is a resounding “Yes”. A MEAN stack developer is a full stack MEAN developer because he develops both the frontend and backend components of websites. However, the converse is not true: a full stack developer is not necessarily a MEAN full stack developer, because a full stack developer can use any technology stack for development, MEAN stack being just one of them. Other popular technology stacks are LAMP stack, Django stack, and Ruby stack.

Note that the actual order in which these technologies are positioned in the stack, from frontend to backend, is AngularJSNode.jsExpress.jsMongoDB, so ANEM would be a more accurate acronym that captures its stack order, but MEAN is used as it is a more memorable acronym. With this in mind, let’s take a look at each of the four technologies in the MEAN stack in the correct order, and examine the roles that each one plays in full stack web development.


AngularJS is the only technology in the stack that’s part of the frontend component. It’s a framework for JavaScript, which controls the behavior of all the different elements that are displayed on web pages and are visible to viewers. AngularJS makes client-side scripting faster and more convenient by adding important functionalities to the base language, such as two-way data binding, automatic form validations, and the ability to create reusable HTML components using directives.

Stats on AngularJS popularity

Statistical data on AngularJS

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Released and maintained mainly by Google in 2009, it has grown to be the frontend JavaScript framework with the largest community of developers, with 1,598 contributors as of writing.

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Node.js is a JavaScript runtime environment, meaning it allows JavaScript code to be executed on the server side, where it can access and send instructions to the computer’s processor and memory. JavaScript was initially a purely client-side scripting language, meaning it could not be used to write backend codes, which are executed on the server side. Node.js expanded JavaScript’s power further by giving it server-side capabilities, and whereas JavaScript used to be restricted to the frontend component, Node.js extended its power to the backend world, thereby giving rise to the JavaScript full stack developer.

The most obvious advantage offered by Node.JS is uniformity of frontend and backend languages: since the same language can be used for both, it practically abolishes the wall that divided the two segments of web development. This directly translates to quicker and cleaner development. Moreover, it enables asynchronous programming, meaning it can perform independent processes without waiting for other processes to finish. This allows the program to scale to a large number of users, leading to large performance improvements compared to synchronous programming.

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Just as there are many frontend frameworks for JavaScript to make the lives of developers exponentially easier, there are also backend frameworks for it. Express.js is a framework for Node.js, meaning it builds on top of the base language to provide developers with a rich set of features commonly used in web and mobile applications. It is the de facto framework for Node.js, meaning in practice, most of the developers who use Node.js for backend development also use the Express.js framework.


MongoDB is a database program and is among the most popular NoSQL databases, which are databases that store and model data in structures other than the tables used by relational databases such as MySQL. As opposed to the tabular structure of relational databases, MongoDB, being a document-oriented database, stores data as documents, which encapsulate all associated information corresponding to a specific database object.

As such, MongoDB offers many advantages over relational databases: it offers a clearer structure for each data object, allows for smoother scaling of projects, and offers performance improvements due to its faster data access times. Moreover, since it stores data in a format very similar to JSON, which is the data format used by JavaScript to store objects, it is easily connected to and readable by programs, especially those based on JavaScript.

Is MEAN Stack Developer Salary a Problem?

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CV #1

Denis M. – MEAN Developer (from our pipeline)

  • Development of web applications with React, Node.js, AngularJS
  • MEAN: MongoDB, Express.js, Angular.js, Node.js
  • Mobile applications development using React Native (IOS + Android)
  • Participation in UI / UX design prototyping (leading role in decision-making)
  • Take a practice in a product management (business analytics, making decisions)
  • Brand projects (See examples below)
  • Design UI / UX interface with development using React


  • booking tour trips, hotels, restaurants online magazines, blogs, theaters, cinema, music and other media
  • online shopping (jewelry, clothing, accessories, electronics, luxury properties, alcohol)
  • official websites of the big companies, persons (artists, photographers, singers and bloggers)
  • social networks, cloud storage systems


  • Prototyping UI / UX Web and mobile applications.
  • Knowledge of the latest trends in a modern Web-design
  • Excellent subjective vision


  • Javascript, ES6 AngularJS
  • Google Map API, OpenLayers.
  • Node.js: express, electrolyte, bootable,, mongoose, sequelize, passport, npm,
  • UI: HTML5, CSS3, LESS, SCSS, UIKit, Bootstrap, SVG, responsive other JS: promises, Gulp, Browserify,
  • JQuery, OOP, JSON.New skills: Webpack, Babel, React Native (8w), Redux
  • Secondary skills: C#, .NET (2 years), ASP.NET MVC, Web Api, IoC/DI (Ninject)
  • DB: MongoDB, MySQL, SQL Server
  • Source control: git, Perforce
  • IDE: VS, WebStorm
  • Other: JIRA, TeamCity, Confluence, Activecollab, Linux, AJAX, REST, SSE, WebSockets, bower, ffmpeg.


CV #2 (from our pipeline)


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