Getting started with MEAN stack
This is a basic introduction to get started with MEAN stack.
You should also check out other more advanced work flows using MEAN stack for a production run.
You’ll have to install some dependencies before you can actually install MEAN stack. For this purpose I’m assuming you’ll be running a linux development machine. Although windows should work fine. You should be having sudo permission on your linux machine.
I highly recommend a 64 bit OS.
At its core Mean stack is but a set of configuration documents to be executed by Node. Read this introduction on MEAN stack.
Its a construct.
It has the configuration needed to work with Express.js, Mongodb and Angular.js.
It lets you organize and order your code by a set convention.
Loads of developer tools to work through the development phase.
The installations are best at the Node official site
Be sure to get the stable version (not necessarily the latest) from the site. 4.X at the time of writing.
Open up your terminal.
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_4.x | sudo -E bash - sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
sudo apt-get install -y build-essential
We do need the build tools.
The -y flag tells apt to silently install the package.
Check the node installation
$ node -v
$ npm -v
at command prompt. You should see something like
depending on version selected.
Common errors in Node installation is permission issues, make sure you have sudo permission and write permission to root.
More detailed instructions at mongodb official site.
Your server needs to know about the mongodb package and its sources.
Be sure to use the version specific to your installation. – the following is for ubuntu 12.04 64 bit.
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv 7F0CEB10
echo "deb http://repo.mongodb.org/apt/ubuntu precise/mongodb-org/3.0 multiverse" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mongodb-org-3.0.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y mongodb-org
Check for installation
it should give you the installed version number, connection status, and a mongodb command prompt
See this post to Mongodb Management.
Mean stack construct provides a good number of developer tools accessible by grunt or gulp. These are task runners.
Gulp comes with the stack. You should install Grunt if you prefer that to Gulp.
$ npm install -g grunt-cli
Bower is a front end package manager.
$ npm install -g bower
Now we are ready for MEAN.
Create a working directory
Download MEAN from Git repo
$ git clone https://github.com/meanjs/mean.git meanProj
$ cd meanProj/ $ npm install
This should take a while. NPM now brings all the packages listed in packages.json file in the downloaded sources and installs them locally in the project folder.
You will probably see errors is the installation process due to some missing dependency packages. You’ll have to install these missing packages and try npm install again.
NPM will also run ‘bower install’ for front end dependencies.
You should see a success output in your command prompt once the installation is done.
you can now start your meanProj app by running