Node.js vs. Symfony vs. MEAN

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What is Node.js?

Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.

What is Symfony?

Symfony is written with speed and flexibility in mind. It allows developers to build better and easy to maintain websites with PHP. Symfony can be used to develop all kind of websites, from your personal blog to high traffic ones like Dailymotion or Yahoo! Answers.

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.

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Why do developers choose Node.js?
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Why do developers choose Symfony?
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Why do developers choose MEAN?
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What are the cons of using Node.js?
Downsides of Node.js?

What are the cons of using Symfony?
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What are the cons of using MEAN?
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What companies use Node.js?
4952 companies on StackShare use Node.js
What companies use Symfony?
440 companies on StackShare use Symfony
What companies use MEAN?
54 companies on StackShare use MEAN
What tools integrate with Node.js?
105 tools on StackShare integrate with Node.js
What tools integrate with Symfony?
9 tools on StackShare integrate with Symfony
What tools integrate with MEAN?
4 tools on StackShare integrate with MEAN

What are some alternatives to Node.js, Symfony, and MEAN?

  • Rails - Web development that doesn't hurt
  • Android SDK - The Android SDK provides you the API libraries and developer tools necessary to build, test, and debug apps for Android.
  • Django - The Web framework for perfectionists with deadlines
  • Laravel - A PHP Framework For Web Artisans

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