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MEAN vs Play: What are the differences?

MEAN: 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; Play: The High Velocity Web Framework For Java and Scala. Play Framework makes it easy to build web applications with Java & Scala. Play is based on a lightweight, stateless, web-friendly architecture. Built on Akka, Play provides predictable and minimal resource consumption (CPU, memory, threads) for highly-scalable applications.

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

"Javascript", "Easy" and "Nosql" are the key factors why developers consider MEAN; whereas "Scala", "Web-friendly architecture" and "Built on akka" are the primary reasons why Play is favored.

MEAN and Play are both open source tools. MEAN with 11.8K GitHub stars and 3.57K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Play with 11.2K GitHub stars and 3.77K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Play has a broader approval, being mentioned in 112 company stacks & 47 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 Play?

Play Framework makes it easy to build web applications with Java & Scala. Play is based on a lightweight, stateless, web-friendly architecture. Built on Akka, Play provides predictable and minimal resource consumption (CPU, memory, threads) for highly-scalable applications.
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    Reviews of MEAN and Play
    Avatar of AlmogBaku
    Cofounder & CTO at Rimoto
    Review ofMEANMEAN

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

    How developers use MEAN and Play
    Avatar of datapile
    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 datapile
    datapile uses PlayPlay

    Play is a central framework/component/library (not sure what to call things these days) in Scala. We <3 Scala, and therefore we <3 Play.

    Play is on of several frameworks we are prototyping and vetting for various public-facing websites, and may ultimately be the framework behind the main datapile.io website.

    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 Stanislaus Madueke
    Stanislaus Madueke uses PlayPlay

    I used Play to build a configuration UI for the service, which let you create and manage the menus (a hierarchical tree of options and actions).

    Avatar of Khalid Garner
    Khalid Garner uses MEANMEAN

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

    Avatar of Ascendify
    Ascendify uses PlayPlay

    Moving some micro services to Play Framework with Scala

    Avatar of papaver
    papaver uses PlayPlay

    used play at talenthouse. uber powerful backend.

    Avatar of Jovi Kao
    Jovi Kao uses PlayPlay

    API server framework

    Avatar of clonn
    clonn uses MEANMEAN

    light weight

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