- Mongo DB – The Leading NoSQL database
- Express JS – The Web Application Framework
- Angular JS – The HTML enhanced Web Apps
- Node JS – a platform to build scalable network applications
With MEAN, you could have your web application running in less than 10 minutes.
Deploying a MEAN based application on AWS or Azure is quite straightforward as there are ready-made templates from 3rd party vendors like Bitnami. Neverthelss, it’s not that easy on Google Compute Engine, given that there are no built-in images for that platform.
In this post, I will describe the rationale in choosing MEAN stack over others, and 10 Steps to deploy a MEAN stack on Google Compute Engine
We have had rich experience in creating many enterprise application using J2EE, Python, .Net and other technologies. You may wonder why on earth we chose MEAN! Let me list down the reasons:
- AngularJS supports a native MVC framework and promotes Test Driven Development with the Karma/Mocha test framework. AngularJS UI renders on all kinds of browsers supporting HTML5 supported.
- ExpressJS is a good web framework on top of NodeJS. It provides us hooks to easily develop a scalable application server.
So, all this considered, here are the steps to deploy a MEAN stack on GCP
Step 1: Sign up for Google Compute Engine, or sign in if you have an account already
Step 2: Create a project or Go into your existing Project
Step 3: Go to Google Compute Engine -> VM Instances
Step 4: Create a CentOS based VM Instance
Step 5: Once the VM is up, SSH into the VM Instance
gcutil --service_version="v1" --project="##your_project" ssh --zone="asia-east1-a" "my-mean-stack"
Step 6: Download NodeJS and Place it on your path:
tar xvfz node-v0.10.28-linux-x64.tar.gz
mv node-v0.10.28-linux-x64 /usr/share/
Step 7: Install MongoDB and git:
sudo yum install mongodb-org git
Step 8: Deploy meanio module
$sudo npm install -g meanio
$mean init my-mean-app
Cloning branch: master into destination folder: my-mean-app
Initialized empty Git repository in /home/user/my-mean-app/.git/
$ cd my-mean-app && npm install
Step 9: Start your server
Running "clean:0" (clean) task
Running "jshint:all" (jshint) task
>> 41 files lint free.
Running "csslint:src" (csslint) task
>> 3 files lint free.
Running "concurrent:tasks" (concurrent) task
Running "watch" task
Running "nodemon:dev" (nodemon) task
[nodemon] to restart at any time, enter `rs`
[nodemon] watching: *.*
[nodemon] starting `node --debug server.js`
debugger listening on port 5858
js-bson: Failed to load c++ bson extension, using pure JS version
Mean app started on port 3000 (development)
Failed to load c++ bson extension, using pure JS version
Step 10: Open up port 3000 in your Google Compute Network Firewall
Thats it! Launch your browser and point to
http://your_external_ip:3000/. Your web app is up and running!
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