Introduction to the MEAN Stack: Beginner

The term MEAN stack refers to a collection of JavaScript-based technologies used to develop web applications. MEAN is an acronym foMongoDBExpressJSAngularJS and Node.js. From client to server to database, MEAN is full-stack JavaScript. This article explores the basics of the MEAN stack and shows how to create a simple bucket list application.

In just two days you’ll learn to use this full-stack JavaScript framework. By using JavaScript across all platforms you will simplify and accelerate your web application development

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This course is meant for anyone who wants to start building full-stack JavaScript applications in Node.js, AngularJS, Express and MongoDB. It starts from the basic concepts of each technology, so the user’s experience in a particular area will be able to speed through these sections. This course assumes you have some JavaScript knowledge, and does not teach JavaScript itself.


For people who already have a basic understanding of Javascript, HTML and CSS.


You will leave with a thorough understanding of the exciting NodeJS server environment and how to create a RESTful web application storing data in MongoDB.



  • Introducing NodeJS
  • Installing NodeJS
  • Understanding anatomy of HTTP Request
  • Creating a Basic Server
  • Intro to NPM


  • Introducing ExpressJS
  • Building a Server With ExpressJS
  •  Intro to Templating (Jade)

Client-Server Communication

  • Defining an API Server
  • Understanding Routes
  • Understanding RESTful Calls to API
  • Creating a Round Trip Call to Server API

Optimising Development Workflow

  • Introducing Gulp
  • Defining Gulp Tasks
  • Introducing BrowserSync
  • Optimising the Development Process with Gulp and BrowserSync
  •  Integrating GitHub
  • Committing to GitHub


  • Intro to MongoDB
  • Understanding JSON Documents
  • Intro to RoboMongo
  • Reading and Writing Data to MongoDB
  • Integrating Dynamic Data into Clientside Template (Jade)


  • Introducing the Concept of Scaffolding
  • Introducing Yeoman
  • Common Scaffolding Packages
  • Installing Keystone CMS (To demo efficiency of MEANStack)


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