Should I use MEAN install if I'm not using Angular?

August 8, 2015 986 views
MEAN Node.js Ubuntu

I am developing a project using MongoDB, ExpressJS, Socket.IO, and NodeJS. I am not using AngularJS. I am wondering if it would still be advantageous to use a droplet with the MEAN stack pre-installed or if I should just start from a Ubuntu 14.04 OS and install everything manually.

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You can definitely use the MEAN one-click image. It has a sample MEAN app installed in /opt/mean, which you can delete and upload your existing app in place of. The sample app is the only part of the image that is related to Angular.js, so once you delete it you're all good to go. npm, bower, grunt, etc. will still be available for use.

Also check out the tutorial on the one-click image:

MEAN is a quick start boilerplate for creating applications based on MongoDB, Node.js, Express, and AngularJS. DigitalOcean's MEAN One-Click Application pre-installs the Mean.js implementation of the stack. It also comes with the front-end package manager bower and grunt, a tool for automating JavaScript tasks. Together, these tools provide a solid base to build your web application.
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