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MEAN vs Meteor: What are the differences?

Developers describe MEAN as "A Simple, Scalable and Easy starting point for full stack javascript web development". MEAN (Mongo, Express, Angular, Node) is a boilerplate that provides a nice starting point for MongoDB, Node.js, Express, and AngularJS based applications. It is designed to give you a quick and organized way to start developing MEAN based web apps with useful modules like Mongoose and Passport pre-bundled and configured. On the other hand, Meteor is detailed as "An ultra-simple, database-everywhere, data-on-the-wire, pure-Javascript web framework". A Meteor application is a mix of JavaScript that runs inside a client web browser, JavaScript that runs on the Meteor server inside a Node.js container, and all the supporting HTML fragments, CSS rules, and static assets.

MEAN and Meteor can be primarily classified as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.

"Javascript", "Easy" and "Nosql" are the key factors why developers consider MEAN; whereas "Real-time", "Full stack, one language" and "Best app dev platform available today" are the primary reasons why Meteor is favored.

MEAN and Meteor are both open source tools. Meteor with 41.2K GitHub stars and 5.03K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than MEAN with 11.8K GitHub stars and 3.57K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Meteor has a broader approval, being mentioned in 195 company stacks & 156 developers stacks; compared to MEAN, which is listed in 37 company stacks and 24 developer stacks.

What is MEAN?

MEAN (Mongo, Express, Angular, Node) is a boilerplate that provides a nice starting point for MongoDB, Node.js, Express, and AngularJS based applications. It is designed to give you a quick and organized way to start developing MEAN based web apps with useful modules like Mongoose and Passport pre-bundled and configured.

What is Meteor?

A Meteor application is a mix of JavaScript that runs inside a client web browser, JavaScript that runs on the Meteor server inside a Node.js container, and all the supporting HTML fragments, CSS rules, and static assets.
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    Decisions about MEAN and Meteor
    Meteor
    Meteor
    Node.js
    Node.js

    Mixmax was originally built using Meteor as a single monolithic app. As more users began to onboard, we started noticing scaling issues, and so we broke out our first microservice: our Compose service, for writing emails and Sequences, was born as a Node.js service. Soon after that, we broke out all recipient searching and storage functionality to another Node.js microservice, our Contacts service. This practice of breaking out microservices in order to help our system more appropriately scale, by being more explicit about each microservice’s responsibilities, continued as we broke out numerous more microservices.

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    Mixmax
    Mixmax
    Meteor
    Meteor
    Node.js
    Node.js
    Amazon EC2
    Amazon EC2
    Go
    Go
    nginx
    nginx
    AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
    AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
    AWS Elastic Beanstalk
    AWS Elastic Beanstalk

    As Mixmax began to scale super quickly, with more and more customers joining the platform, we started to see that the Meteor app was still having a lot of trouble scaling due to how it tried to provide its reactivity layer. To be honest, this led to a brutal summer of playing Galaxy container whack-a-mole as containers would saturate their CPU and become unresponsive. I’ll never forget hacking away at building a new microservice to relieve the load on the system so that we’d stop getting paged every 30-40 minutes. Luckily, we’ve never had to do that again! After stabilizing the system, we had to build out two more microservices to provide the necessary reactivity and authentication layers as we rebuilt our Meteor app from the ground up in Node.js. This also had the added benefit of being able to deploy the entire application in the same AWS VPCs. Thankfully, AWS had also released their ALB product so that we didn’t have to build and maintain our own websocket layer in Amazon EC2. All of our microservices, except for one special Go one, are now in Node with an nginx frontend on each instance, all behind AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) or ALBs running in AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

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    Reviews of MEAN and Meteor
    Avatar of MichelFloyd
    Founder at cloak.ly
    Review ofMeteorMeteor

    I discovered Meteor thanks to my daughter who used it for a project at MIT. I was amazed at how much she had built in such a short time. I had also been trying to figure out how to build a browser-based crypto app so I jumped into Meteor and had an MVP for cloak.ly in a few short months starting from nothing. Learning Meteor really alters what you perceive as easy and difficult in full-stack development. It has an amazing ability to simplify your thinking and your code. Community support in terms of packages is outstanding as well which saves tremendous time. The quality of the software is outstanding with very few regressions cropping up during their frequent releases.

    Being at the bleeding edge of the js community does have its downsides however. While early Meteor (with Blaze/handlebars templates) was exceedingly simple, Meteor have had to introduce support for both angular and react. In combination with the move to ECMAscript this has resulted in a lot of work for developers to just keep up with the evolution of the platform. Someone who was an expert 6 months ago might quickly find themselves being a newb again. If you're someone who doesn't like change you may want to stick to jQuery.

    Living in the bay area I have the luxury of being able to attend Meteor events frequently. Having met many members of the MDG team, I have tremendous confidence in the future of the platform. This is a very solid group with a rare combination of broad vision and excellent execution.

    Review ofMeteorMeteor

    Meteor is my favorite framework. It makes everything fun. Syncing data across devices is really easy and you don't have to mess around with sockets at all. You can insert data into the database on the client. There's tons of security options. There's over 3000 packages on the packaging system. Instant iOS and Android apps. Amazing, reactive routing. Free hosting. Easy deployment with Meteor Up. What's not to like?

    Review ofMeteorMeteor

    Meteor is so powerful and flexible. I love it. In the near future, it will be the top-used framework.

    Avatar of AlmogBaku
    Cofounder & CTO at Rimoto
    Review ofMEANMEAN

    I found mean.io just smooth, fun, orginized and just work out-of-the-box.

    Review ofMeteorMeteor

    We have gone "all in" on Meteor and I recommend you do to.

    How developers use MEAN and Meteor
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    datapile uses MEANMEAN

    MongoDB is a solid NoSQL store. Angular.js is being vetted as a potential front-end framework for the website (though it may ultimately not be used for the non-app site). Everything is running on node.js and hosted via an Express.js web server (though we are looking into Koa.js as it is the official successor to Express.js)

    Avatar of cloak.ly
    cloak.ly uses MeteorMeteor

    Without Meteor cloak.ly could not have been built as quickly by such a small team. Meteor was instrumental to getting an MVP up quickly and dealing with the complexities of browser-based encryption.

    Avatar of Christian Bryant
    Christian Bryant uses MEANMEAN

    FULL STACK ( preferred if;at all possible! ). Any "NEW" project (all me) I am tasked with I try to sketch it out with MEAN in mind first and then will tweak or stray from the 'plan' when necessary

    Avatar of ShareThis
    ShareThis uses MeteorMeteor

    Built on Node.js, Meteor's real time reactivity and its wide package ecosystem allows us to quickly prototype and build apps in a lean way

    Avatar of Giftstarter
    Giftstarter uses MeteorMeteor

    We would like to make magic with Meteor for the future of GiftStarter.

    Avatar of Khalid Garner
    Khalid Garner uses MEANMEAN

    Mongo for nosql, express server angular front end and node packages

    Avatar of Hooked
    Hooked uses MeteorMeteor

    Hooked is built with Meteor as the primary application framework.

    Avatar of IVS
    IVS uses MeteorMeteor

    Typical buzz tech. Nothing practical in here.

    Avatar of clonn
    clonn uses MEANMEAN

    light weight

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