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MEAN vs Symfony: 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; Symfony: A PHP full-stack web framework. 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.

MEAN and Symfony belong to "Frameworks (Full Stack)" category of the tech stack.

"Javascript", "Easy" and "Nosql" are the key factors why developers consider MEAN; whereas "Open source", "Php" and "Community" are the primary reasons why Symfony is favored.

MEAN and Symfony are both open source tools. Symfony with 21.1K GitHub stars and 7.01K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than MEAN with 11.8K GitHub stars and 3.57K GitHub forks.

eTobb, Improvely, and Chooos are some of the popular companies that use Symfony, whereas MEAN is used by CodeLordz, ClickBalance, and Adsia. Symfony has a broader approval, being mentioned in 374 company stacks & 277 developers stacks; compared to MEAN, which is listed in 37 company stacks and 24 developer stacks.

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I'm about to begin working on an API, for which I plan to add GraphQL connectivity for processing data. The data processed will mainly be audio files being downloaded/uploaded with some user messaging & authentication.

I don't mind the difficulty in any service since I've used C++ (for data structures & algorithms at least) and would also say I am patient and can learn fairly quickly. My main concerns would be their performance, libraries/community, and job marketability.

Why I'm stuck between these three...

Symfony: I've programmed in PHP for back-end in a previous internship and may do so again in a few months.

Node.js: It's newer than PHP, and it's JavaScript where my front-end stack will be React and (likely) React Native.

Go: It's newer than PHP, I've heard of its good performance, and it would be nice to learn a new (growing) language.

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Max Musing
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Go with Node.js. There's something really satisfying about being able to use a single language across your entire tech stack. Especially once you integrate GraphQL, which is effectively JSON.

Your second best option is Go, but the ecosystem around Node.js is quite a bit stronger. This will play a big factor when you start building functionality like file management, messaging (especially in real-time), and authentication. The libraries and documentation are just stronger for Node.

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Pros of MEAN
Pros of Symfony
  • 86
    Javascript
  • 61
    Easy
  • 58
    Nosql
  • 52
    Great community
  • 50
    Modularity
  • 50
    Mongoose
  • 48
    Open source
  • 37
    Organized
  • 32
    Simple
  • 31
    Boilerplate
  • 10
    AngularJs
  • 9
    CLI
  • 9
    It's simply awesome
  • 8
    Cutting edge tech
  • 7
    Passport
  • 6
    Docs
  • 6
    Yeoman
  • 6
    It's a great new exciting stack
  • 5
    Friendly & Fun
  • 4
    The WordPress of javascript apps
  • 4
    Great Flexibility ;)
  • 3
    Genius
  • 2
    Modular
  • 2
    Scalable
  • 2
    JavaScript only
  • 1
    Growing Community
  • 1
    It's fun and has great potential
  • 1
    Gulp
  • 1
    Because i can write everything using javascript
  • 1
    Fast
  • 0
    The best
  • 170
    Open source
  • 143
    Php
  • 125
    Dependency injection
  • 124
    Community
  • 117
    Professional
  • 76
    Doctrine
  • 69
    Organized
  • 64
    Modular architecture
  • 44
    Smart programming
  • 40
    Solid
  • 16
    Documentation
  • 13
    LTS releases
  • 8
    Easy to Learn
  • 8
    Robust
  • 7
    Good practices guideline
  • 7
    Bundle
  • 7
    Decoupled framework components
  • 6
    Simple
  • 6
    Service container
  • 4
    Powerful
  • 3
    Flexible

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Cons of MEAN
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    • 9
      Too many dependency
    • 7
      Lot of config files
    • 3
      YMAL
    • 2
      Feature creep
    • 1
      Bloated

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    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 Symfony?

    It is written with speed and flexibility in mind. It allows developers to build better and easy to maintain websites with PHP..

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