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Why You Should Use Angular JS

Takeaways from this articleIn this post, we will understand the prominence of Angular JS and how it plays an important role in front-end web development.  We will understand the applications of Angular JS, along with its usage.  We will also see how it works in comparison to other frameworks that are used for the same purpose.  What is Angular JS Angular JS is a JavaScript framework, that is currently being maintained by tech giant Google. It is used to build single page applications and web-based mobile applications that have interactivity with the users. It is simply an extension of the DOM model, making the application more user-friendly and robust. It is also an MVC framework implementation.  What are the applications of Angular JS? Menu creation Menu is trivial in almost all websites, be it single page, or multi-page. A menu is a navigation tool that responds to an input sent by a user- this could be a click, or a touch. It includes designs to make the web page more visible, or to make the user-experience better. Angular JS can be used to improve the user friendliness of the application. Elements from CSS can be added to the already present HTML (in the AngularJS framework) to improve the overall view of the page, thereby improving the user experience.  Interactive single page application There are various advantages when using a web page that behaves like a single page application. Instead of having to load and fetch separate pages from the memory as and when requested by the user every time they visit the site, a single page website would mean less overload on the memory and improved quality of user-experience. This is because all the code required by the web application can be retrieved in one go or can be dynamically loaded as and when required by the user. This behaves more like a desktop application, rather than like a multi-page application on the website.  10 advantages of Angular JS with respect to its peers Easy to implement MVC framework Many applications implement MVC frameworks, and Angular JS is one of them. The highlight of using Angular JS is the fact that MVC is implemented by splitting up the web application into various parts of MVC wherein every part will automatically perform its own remaining work. The MVC elements are managed by Angular JS without explicitly specifying so, and this acts as a pipeline that integrates them into separate elements. It is an intermediate point of contact that makes sure that the components fit and integrate properly. This way, the developer can concentrate on building quality applications without worrying about integration.  Interactive user interface Angular JS uses HTML to define the user-interface of the mobile application, and since HTML is simple to use, easy to understand and a declarative language, the entire application is simple. It is easier to use HTML than JavaScript to define the elements of the interface.  HTML is recognizable the moment it is encountered due to its format, tags, etc, in comparison to understanding that the language that has been used to implement the interface is JavaScript. In addition to this, HTML can be used to understand the flow of control of the application (HTML can be used with controllers in the MVC framework as well). Easy to understand directives A directive is a concept that can be used to work with Angular JS with the aim of embedding additional functionality into HTML, without making it more complicated. A limitless number of elements can be added to HTML, to improve the functionality of the application, without making it messy or complicated or difficult to maintain.  Angular JS facilitates directives that help the developer in building customized HTML tags. They can be identified with the help of their prefit ‘ng’. These newly built customized tags can be used as customized widgets. In addition to this, they can be used to manipulate the attributes of the DOM. There are certain default directives as well. The application maps the newly customized/default directives (which are also known as special attributes) to the elements of HTML so that it will generate the respective functionality for the application. This is achieved after creating the directives (customized or default attributes/HTML tags) and attaching that specific attribute/tag to the DOM element where it is required. With the help of data binding, changes to the application will be directly reflected in the ‘view’ section of the application.  Working with DOM is simple In general, the view part of MVC framework extends to the DOM in order to display the data, and at this point in time, the DOM is played with, in order to add extra functionality. The directives present in Angular JS can be used to bind the application data with the customized/default special attributes of HTML DOM elements. This means views are interpreted as HTML pages that come with placeholders which are later replaced with relevant values when dynamic data comes in, by Angular JS. This is a convenient way since it helps integrate the view with the website design. This will eliminate the complexity and messiness of the code.  POJO POJO simply means Plain Old JavaScript Object, which indicates that the Angular JS’s data models are simple, plain, easy to understand as well as implement. This also means that functions such as ‘getters’ and ‘setters’ are not required. The characteristics of the application can be changed directly. The presence of directives and DOM elements can be conveniently used to add the required functionalities.  Writing messy code is avoided The need to write too many lines of messy code can be avoided while using Angular JS. The need to write code for MVC pipeline is eliminated, thereby reducing considerable amount of overhead. The data model can be specified without the need to use other extra features or embedding other features. The concept of data binding makes sure that new data is not added into the view portion manually. It has to be integrated into the view with the help of DOM and directives. This way, the entire procedure is simple and easy.  Directives are different, and they are not a part of the code base of the application. This means a directive can be written in parallel without worrying about integrating it with other parts of the code, since this part will be taken care of by Angular JS itself. The time saved can be productively used to improve the quality and features of the Angular JS application instead of worrying about integrating the code with other parts of the application. As a result, there is more flexibility and the ability to extend the code when trying to build high-end web-based applications.  Filters in the data As the name suggests, it is a method that is used to filter the data before it reaches the view part of the application. It helps add filters such as formatting to decimal places, filtering an array based on a specific parameter, reversing the order of ranges, or implementing the concept of pagination for web pages in the application.  Filters can be created to make sure that the functions work properly and have been separated from the application. It also ensures that the functions are only associated with the data transformations with respect to the data and not the entire code of the application itself.  Communications know the context The Publisher-Subscriber system, which is also known as PubSub system is a common model that is used for a separate communication system. Most of the tools that implement Publisher-Subscriber model over the internet wouldn’t be aware of the context in which they are being used. But it is important to ensure that MVC elements that are not related to the same context are not placed together. When Angular JS is combined with Publisher Subscriber model, the context can be specifically mentioned, thereby addressing a specific part of the application. This ensures that the MVC part remains aloof. The remaining parts of the application won’t receive this context/message which means there won’t be any communication. This is easy to implement and simple to use with respect to communication that happens between controllers. Data binding is a technique that helps in the synchronization of the model and the view of the MVC framework. It helps to change, manipulate and work with the model and the view, and also changes their properties and data. With the help of data binding, any changes in the model would be directly reflected in the ‘view’ portion of the framework without the requirement to manipulate DOM or event handlers.  Service providers The scope of the code can be manipulated with the help of controllers in Angular JS. This means data can be placed prior to the code that would be used to implement the business logic or the server code. Controllers perform most of the heavy lifting, since Angular binds specific services to them. This way, the specific service of one controller wouldn’t get mixed with other parts of the application or with the MVC. An API is created to expose the functionality that needs to be used. The offline data can also be managed by synchronizing it with the server, and using various methods to pull or push data to and from a server. It can also be used to create a data sharing resource service that will ensure that different controllers share the same resources at that particular point in time.  Unit Testing capabilities  Angular JS was built by keeping the testing requirements in mind. This is because testing plays an important role, and can prove to be a significant step in identifying loopholes and issues. It also helps understand the overall application from a different perspective. For this change in perspective, end-to-end testing is performed on the Angular JS application. In Angular JS, unit testing can be performed with or without the help of Karma framework. Unit testing is usually performed separately on controllers and directives of Angular JS. The Angular JS application can also be tested by setting up individual test pages that would help create a specific component of the application, and then adding interactivity to it and checking if it works fine or not.  Dependency Injection (DI) The Angular JS application is bound with the help of Dependency Injection (DI). This is because Angular JS contains a built-in DI system. DI is basically a design pattern that discusses the components and their dependencies. DI helps the developers in creating components, working on their dependencies and facilitating the developers with the components that are required. It ensures that controllers are managed within their respective scopes easily. This is because the controllers depend on DI for data to be passed on to it. Why Angular JS should be used Angular JS is an open source framework that binds the data in two ways- the view and the model of the application are synchronized with each other when a user interaction takes place via the interface. This happens automatically so that the DOM gets updated accordingly. It is considered to be budget-friendly, and easy to create.  The highlight of using Angular JS is the fact that MVC is implemented by splitting up the application into parts of MVC that automatically perform the remaining work respectively. The MVC elements are managed by Angular JS without explicitly specifying, and acts as a pipeline that integrates their separate elements. It is an intermediate point of contact that makes sure that the components fit and integrate properly. Adding new functionalities isn’t a difficult task anymore; the view is not a part of DOM, which means new functions can be added and can be integrated with the application by making sure DOM interacts with the directive and the HTML page.  ConclusionIn this post, we understood the significance of using AngularJS, how it can be applied in the real-world, and how it is advantageous in comparison to other frameworks with respect to its implementation, DOM model, simple coding capabilities, unit testing abilities and much more. Angular JS applications are simple to build, easy to use (user-friendly) as well as maintain. Since the amount of code that needs to be written is less, the developer can concentrate on building better and more interactive applications thereby improving consumer experience.  Note: Angular is a version upgrade to AngularJS. Therefore, Angular refers to AngularJS in this article.

Why You Should Use Angular JS

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  • 18th Sep, 2020
  • Last updated on 17th Mar, 2021
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Why You Should Use Angular JS

Takeaways from this article

  • In this post, we will understand the prominence of Angular JS and how it plays an important role in front-end web development 
  • We will understand the applications of Angular JS, along with its usage.  
  • We will also see how it works in comparison to other frameworks that are used for the same purpose.  

What is Angular JS 

Angular JS is a JavaScript framework, that is currently being maintained by tech giant Google. It is used to build single page applications and web-based mobile applications that have interactivity with the users. It is simply an extension of the DOM model, making the application more user-friendly and robust. It is also an MVC framework implementation.  

What are the applications of Angular JS? 

Menu creation 

Menu is trivial in almost all websites, be it single page, or multi-page. A menu is a navigation tool that responds to an input sent by a user- this could be a click, or a touch. It includes designs to make the web page more visible, or to make the user-experience better. Angular JS can be used to improve the user friendliness of the application. Elements from CSS can be added to the already present HTML (in the AngularJS framework) to improve the overall view of the page, thereby improving the user experience.  

Interactive single page application 

There are various advantages when using a web page that behaves like a single page application. Instead of having to load and fetch separate pages from the memory as and when requested by the user every time they visit the site, a single page website would mean less overload on the memory and improved quality of user-experience. This is because all the code required by the web application can be retrieved in one go or can be dynamically loaded as and when required by the user. This behaves more like a desktop application, rather than like a multi-page application on the website.  

10 advantages of Angular JS with respect to its peers 

Easy to implement MVC framework 

Many applications implement MVC frameworks, and Angular JS is one of them. The highlight of using Angular JS is the fact that MVC is implemented by splitting up the web application into various parts of MVC wherein every part will automatically perform its own remaining work. The MVC elements are managed by Angular JS without explicitly specifying so, and this acts as a pipeline that integrates them into separate elements. It is an intermediate point of contact that makes sure that the components fit and integrate properly. This way, the developer can concentrate on building quality applications without worrying about integration.  

Interactive user interface 

Angular JS uses HTML to define the user-interface of the mobile application, and since HTML is simple to use, easy to understand and declarative language, the entire application is simple. It is easier to use HTML than JavaScript to define the elements of the interface.  

HTML is recognizable the moment it is encountered due to its format, tags, etc, in comparison to understanding that the language that has been used to implement the interface is JavaScript. In addition to this, HTML can be used to understand the flow of control of the application (HTML can be used with controllers in the MVC framework as well). 

Easy to understand directives 

A directive is a concept that can be used to work with Angular JS with the aim of embedding additional functionality into HTML, without making it more complicated. A limitless number of elements can be added to HTML, to improve the functionality of the application, without making it messy or complicated or difficult to maintain 

Angular JS facilitates directives that help the developer in building customized HTML tags. They can be identified with the help of their prefit ‘ng’. These newly built customized tags can be used as customized widgets. In addition to this, they can be used to manipulate the attributes of the DOM. There are certain default directives as well. 

The application maps the newly customized/default directives (which are also known as special attributes) to the elements of HTML so that it will generate the respective functionality for the application. This is achieved after creating the directives (customized or default attributes/HTML tags) and attaching that specific attribute/tag to the DOM element where it is required. With the help of data binding, changes to the application will be directly reflected in the ‘view’ section of the application.  

Working with DOM is simple 

In general, the view part of MVC framework extends to the DOM in order to display the data, and at this point in time, the DOM is played with, in order to add extra functionality. The directives present in Angular JS can be used to bind the application data with the customized/default special attributes of HTML DOM elements. This means views are interpreted as HTML pages that come with placeholders which are later replaced with relevant values when dynamic data comes in, by Angular JS. This is a convenient way since it helps integrate the view with the website design. This will eliminate the complexity and messiness of the code.  

POJO 

POJO simply means Plain Old JavaScript Object, which indicates that the Angular JS’s data models are simple, plain, easy to understand as well as implementThis also means that functions such as ‘getters’ and ‘setters’ are not required. The characteristics of the application can be changed directly. The presence of directives and DOM elements can be conveniently used to add the required functionalities 

Writing messy code is avoided 

The need to write too many lines of messy code can be avoided while using Angular JS. The need to write code for MVC pipeline is eliminated, thereby reducing considerable amount of overheadThe data model can be specified without the need to use other extra features oembedding other features. The concept of data binding makes sure that new data is not added into the view portion manually. It has to be integrated into the view with the help of DOM and directives. This way, the entire procedure is simple and easy.  

Directives are different, and they are not a part of the code base of the application. This means a directive can be written in parallel without worrying about integrating it with other parts of the code, since this part will be taken care of by Angular JS itself. The time saved can be productively used to improve the quality and features of the Angular JS application instead of worrying about integrating the code with other parts of the application. As a result, there is more flexibility and the ability to extend the code when trying to build high-end web-based applications.  

Filters in the data 

As the name suggests, it is a method that is used to filter the data before it reaches the view part of the application. It helps add filters such as formatting to decimal places, filtering an array based on a specific parameter, reversing the order of ranges, or implementing the concept of pagination for web pages in the application.  

Filters can be created to make sure that the functions work properly and have been separated from the application. It also ensures that the functions are only associated with the data transformations with respect to the data and not the entire code of the application itself.  

Communications know the context 

The Publisher-Subscriber system, which is also known as PubSub system is a common model that is used for separate communication system. Most of the tools that implement Publisher-Subscriber model over the internet wouldn’t be aware of the context in which they are being used. But it is important to ensure that MVC elements that are not related to the same context are not placed together. 

When Angular JS is combined with Publisher Subscriber model, the context can be specifically mentioned, thereby addressing a specific part of the application. This ensures that the MVC part remains aloof. The remaining parts of the application won’t receive this context/message which means there won’t be any communication. This is easy to implement and simple to use with respect to communication that happens between controllers. Data binding is a technique that helps in the synchronization of the model and the view of the MVC framework. It helps to change, manipulate and work with the model and the view, and also changes their properties and data. With the help of data binding, any changes in the model would be directly reflected in the ‘view’ portion of the framework without the requirement to manipulate DOM or event handlers 

Service providers 

The scope of the code can be manipulated with the help of controllers in Angular JS. This means data can be placed prior to the code that would be used to implement the business logic or the server code. Controllers perform most of the heavy lifting, since Angular binds specific services to them. This way, the specific service of one controller wouldn’t get mixed with other parts of the application or with the MVC. An API is created to expose the functionality that needs to be used. The offline data can also be managed by synchronizing it with the server, and using various methods to pull or push data to and from a server. It can also be used to create a data sharing resource service that will ensure that different controllers share the same resources at that particular point in time.  

Unit Testing capabilities  

Angular JS was built by keeping the testing requirements in mind. This is because testing plays an important role, and can prove to be a significant step in identifying loopholes and issues. It also helps understand the overall application from a different perspective. For this change in perspective, end-to-end testing is performed on the Angular JS application. In Angular JS, unit testing can be performed with or without the help of Karma framework. Unit testing is usually performed separately on controllers and directives of Angular JS. 

The Angular JS application can also be tested by setting up individual test pages that would help create a specific component of the application, and then adding interactivity to it and checking if it works fine or not.  

Dependency Injection (DI) 

The Angular JS application is bound with the help of Dependency Injection (DI). This is because Angular JS contains a built-in DI system. DI is basically a design pattern that discusses the components and their dependencies. DI helps the developers in creating components, working on their dependencies and facilitating the developers with the components that are required. It ensures that controllers are managed within their respective scopes easily. This is because the controllers depend on DI for data to be passed on to it. 

Why Angular JS should be used 

Angular JS is an open source framework that binds the data in two ways- the view and the model of the application are synchronized with each other when a user interaction takes place via the interface. This happens automatically so that the DOM gets updated accordingly. It is considered to be budget-friendly, and easy to create.  

The highlight of using Angular JS is the fact that MVC is implemented by splitting up the application into parts of MVC that automatically perform the remaining work respectively. The MVC elements are managed by Angular JS without explicitly specifying, and acts as a pipeline that integrates their separate elements. It is an intermediate point of contact that makes sure that the components fit and integrate properly. Adding new functionalities isn’t a difficult task anymore; the view is not a part of DOM, which means new functions can be added and can be integrated with the application by making sure DOM interacts with the directive and the HTML page.  

Conclusion

In this post, we understood the significance of using AngularJS, how it can be applied in the real-world, and how it is advantageous in comparison to other frameworks with respect to its implementation, DOM model, simple coding capabilities, unit testing abilities and much more. Angular JS applications are simple to build, easy to use (user-friendly) as well as maintain. Since the amount of code that needs to be written is less, the developer can concentrate on building better and more interactive applications thereby improving consumer experience.

  

Note: Angular is a version upgrade to AngularJS. Therefore, Angular refers to AngularJS in this article.

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It is used to create components out of every style and is very popular in the React world.  CI/CDThe Continuous Integration/ Continuous deployment is mainly used by DevOps. But a frontend engineer should know its basics. It is used to build, test and deploy applications automatically.Github Actions    It is a freely available CI/CD pipeline, which directly integrates to your github based project and can be used in a variety of languages. Deployment It is again a task which mainly falls into the domain of Backend engineers and DevOps, but a frontend engineer should know some basic and simple tools. Static Deployment   These products are mainly used to deploy static sites, which consists of HTML, CSS and JavaScript only. Two very popular services are Amazon S3 and Surge.sh Node Application Deployment   The projects containing node code cannot be deployed using static deployment. Even if the project is a simple ReactJS project, it also uses node for processing. These applications require services which run the Node code and deploy it. The three most popular services are Vercel, Firebase and Netlify. 2. Backend Roadmap (Including Storage, Services & Deployment)Understanding the BackendBackend is the part of the website that provides the functionality, allowing people to browse their favorite site, purchase a product and log into their account, for instance. All data related to a user or a product or anything else are generally stored in databases or CMS (Content Management System) and when a user visits any website, they are retrieved from there and shown. One of the responsibilities of a backend engineer involves writing APIs, which actually interact with the database and get the data. They are also involved in writing schemas of database and creating the structure of databases. Backend EssentialsFor a backend engineer, working in a Linux environment is an essential skill. A lot of the configurations are done on the terminal. So, he or she should be very good with Linux commands.Also, they should know both commands and the use of any git powered platforms like Github or bitbucket.Languages and FrameworksAll of the popular languages have some framework, which has been used for backend development. These frameworks are generally used to create API endpoints, which are used to fetch or store data in the database. For example, when we scroll articles on Facebook, these articles are fetched from a database and we use the GET method to fetch them. Similarly, when we write an article and hit submit, it uses POST method.Now, different frameworks implement this GET, POST and other APIs also referred to as RESTful APIs in their own way.Java   Java is by far the oldest and the most used language for backend development. It is also used for a variety of other tasks like Android development, but it shines in the backend because of its multithreading abilities. So, enterprise grade web-apps and web-apps with a lot of traffic prefer Java, because it handles loads better. The most popular frameworks for backend development in Java are Spring Framework and Hibernate. Some good beginner's tutorials are - 1. Spring framework2. Hibernate3. JavatpointJavaScript   It is a very popular choice for backend development, because on the frontend side JavaScript is the only choice. So, a lot of frontend engineers can take this choice to become Full-stack developers. Node.js   It allows developers to use JavaScript to write server-side code, through which they can write APIs. Actually, the API part can be done by numerous frameworks of Node.js out of which Express is widely used. The other popular framework is Fastify. Some good beginner's tutorials are - 1. Nodejs2. ExpressJs3. fastifyPython   Python is one of the most popular languages among developers and has been used in a variety of fields. The two most popular frameworks for Python are Flask and Django. Some good beginner tutorials are - 1. Flask2. DjangoC#   It is a very popular programming language which was developed by Microsoft and it has the power of C++. Its popularity increased once the .NET framework was released for backend development. As Microsoft is very popular in enterprises, the .NET framework is generally preferred in enterprises. A good tutorial to learn .NET is - 1. Dotnet2. Dotnet FrameworkGo  Go language which is also referred to as Golang, has gained popularity in recent years. It is used a lot in Backend programming and the two popular frameworks are Gin and Beego. DatabaseFor a Backend engineer, after making APIs with framework based on language, it's time to learn about Databases. Databases are used to store most of the things which we see in a web-app, from user login credentials to user posts and everything else. In the earlier days we only used to have one type of Database and that was Relational databases, which use tables to store data. Now we have two other categories also, one being NoSQL databases and the other In-memory databases. 1. Relational databases   Relational databases allow you to create, update and delete data stored in a table format. This type of database mostly uses SQL language to access the data, hence is also known as an SQL database. MySQL  It is one of the oldest databases and was released in 1995. It is an open-source database and was very popular in the 2000s with the rise of LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack. It is still widely in use, but there are other popular Relational databases. A good tutorial to learn MySQL is - 1. MySQLPostgreSQL  PostgreSQL, which is also known as Postgres is also an old open-source Relational database, which was released in 1996. But it gained popularity recently, as it goes very well with modern stacks containing NodeJS and other backend technologies. A good tutorial to learn PostgreSQL is - 1. PostgreSQLOracle is the most popular and oldest relational database. It was released in 1979 and still remains the number one preference for enterprise customers. All the big banks and other organizations, run on Oracle databases. So, the knowledge of Oracle is a must in many companies for an Engineer. A good tutorial to learn Oracle is - 1. OracleMS-SQL  MS-SQL is also known as Microsoft SQL and is yet another commercial Relational database. It has got different editions, used by different audiences. It is also heavily used by enterprise users and powers a whole lot of big systems around the world. A good tutorial to learn MS-SQL is - 1. SQLServer2. NoSQL databases  NoSQL databases are also called non-SQL databases. The NoSQL databases mainly store data as key-value pairs, but some of them also use a SQL-like structure. These databases have become hugely popular in the 21st century, with the rise of large web-apps which have a lot of concurrent users. These databases can take huge loads, even millions of data connections, required by web-apps like Facebook, Amazon and others. Beside this, it is very easy to horizontally scale  a NoSQL database by adding more clusters, which is a problem in Relational Databases. MongoDB  It is the most popular NoSQL database, used by almost every modern app. It is a free to use database, but the hosting is charged if we host on popular cloud services like MongoDB atlas. Its knowledge is a must for backend engineers, who work on the modern stack. MongoDB uses json like documents to store data. A good tutorial to learn MongoDB is - 1. MongodbIt is a proprietary database service provided by Amazon. It is quite similar to MongoDB and uses key-value pairs to store data. It is also a part of the popular AWS services. A good tutorial to learn DynamoDB is-DynamoDBCassandra is an open-source and free to use NoSQL database . It takes a different approach when compared to other NoSQL databases, because we use commands like SQL, which are known as CQL (Cassandra Query Language). A good tutorial to learn Cassandra is - Cassandra3. In-memory databases   The in-memory database is a database, which keeps all of the data in the RAM. This means it is the fastest among all databases.  The most popular and widely used in-memory database is Redis. Redis  Redis (Remote Dictionary Server) is an in-memory database, which stores data in RAM in a json like key-value format. It keeps the data persistent by updating everything in the transaction log, because when systems are shut down their RAM is wiped clean. A good tutorial to learn Redis - RedisStorageStoring the data is an important part of any application. Although this is mainly DevOps territory, every backend developer should know the basics for the same. We need to store the database data and also the backend code. Beside this the frontend code must also be stored somewhere. Nowadays everything is stored in the cloud, which is preferred by individuals, startups and enterprises. The two most popular cloud-based storages are – Amazon S3 Azure Blob Storage Good beginner's tutorials for both areServices and APIsThese are theoretical concepts and are implemented by various services, but a backend engineer should know them and how to use them. Restful APIs  This is by far the most popular way to get data from a database. It was made more popular, with the rise of web-apps. We do GET, PUT, POST and DELETE operations to read, update, create or delete data from databases. We have earlier discussed different languages and frameworks, which have their own implementations for these operations. Microservices Architecture  In microservice architecture, we divide a large and complex project into small, independent services. Each of these is responsible for a specific task and communicates with other services through simple APIs. Each service is built by a small team from the beginning, and separated by boundaries which make it easier to scale up the development effort if needed. GraphQL  It is the hottest new kid in the block, which is an alternative to the Restful APIs. The problem with Restful APIs is that if you want some data stored in database, you need to get the whole data sent by the endpoint. On the other hand, with GraphQL, you get a query type language which can return only the part of the data which you require.  DevOps & DeploymentA backend engineer requires a fair bit of DevOps knowledge. So, we will next deep dive into the methodologies in DevOps. 1. Containerization & Orchestration   Containers are a method of building, packaging and deploying software. They are similar to but not the same thing as virtual machines (VMs). One of the primary differences is that containers are isolated or abstracted away from the underlying operating system and infrastructure that they run on. In the simplest terms, a container includes both an application’s code and everything that code needs to run properly. Container orchestration is the automatic process of managing the work of individual containers for applications based on microservice architecture. The popular Containerization and Orchestration tools are – Kubernetes Docker Good beginner's tutorials for both are -Kubernetes2. DevOps   DevOps is a set of practices that combine software development (Dev) and IT operations (Ops). It aims to shorten the systems development life cycle and provide continuous delivery with high software quality. The two most popular DevOps services are AWS and Azure. Both of them are cloud based and are market leaders. Both of these platforms contain a wide variety of similar services. AWS  It consists of over 200 products and services for storage, database, analytics, deployment, serverless function and many more. AWS is the market leader as of now with 33% of market share. The AWS certifications are also one of the most in-demand certifications and a must for frontend engineers as well as Backend engineers. Azure  Microsoft Azure is second in terms of market share of cloud-based platforms, with 18% of the market. It also consists of SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) like AWS. 3. PaaS (Platform as a Service)   There are several smaller players, which provide Platform as a Service and are much easier to use than services like AWS and Azure. With these services you can directly deploy your React or other web-apps, by just hosting them on GitHub and pushing the code. These services are preferred a lot by freelancers, hobbyists and small companies as they don’t require investment in learning complicated services like AWS and Azure. The three most popular PaaS services are Digital Ocean Heroku Netlify 4. Serverless  Serverless computing is an execution model where the cloud provider (AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud) is responsible for executing a piece of code by dynamically allocating resources and only charging for the number of resources used to run the code. The code is typically run inside stateless containers that can be triggered by a variety of events including http requests, database events, queuing services, monitoring alerts, file uploads, scheduled events (cron jobs), etc. The code that is sent to the cloud provider for execution is usually in the form of a function. AWS Lambda  It is an event-driven, serverless platform which is part of AWS. The various languages supported by AWS Lambda are Node.js, Python, Java, Go, Ruby and .NET. AWS Lambda was designed for use cases such as updates to DynamoDB tables, responding to a website click etc. After that it will “spin down” the database service, to save resources. Azure Functions  They are quite similar to AWS Lambda, but are for Microsoft Azure. Azure functions have a browser-based interface to write code to respond to events generated by http requests etc. The service accepts programming languages like C#, F#, Node.js, Python, PHP and Java. Serverless Framework  It is an open-source web-framework written using Node.js. The popular services like AWS Lambda, Azure functions and Google cloud functions are based on it. CI/CD A backend developer should know the popular CI/CD (Continuous Integration/Continuous deployment) tools. These tools help to automate the whole process of building, testing and deployment of applications. Github Actions   It is a freely available CI/CD pipeline, which directly integrates to your GitHub based project and can be used in variety of languages. Jenkins  Jenkins is the most popular CI/CD automation tool, which helps in building, testing and deployment of applications. Jenkins was written in Java and over the years has been built to support over 1400 plugins, which extend its functionalities. Circle CI  Circle CI is also a CI/CD automation tool, which is cloud based and so it is different from Jenkins. It is much easier to use than Jenkins, but has a smaller community and lower user base. SecuritySecurity is an important aspect of any application. Most applications containing user personal data, like email etc, are often targeted by hackers. OWASP   The Open Web Application Security Project (or OWASP), is a non-profit organization dedicated to web application security. They have free material available on their website, making it possible for anyone to improve their web application security. Protecting Services & databases against threats   Hackers target databases of popular web-apps on a regular basis to get sensitive information about their customers. This data is then sold to the highest bidder on the dark-net. When such public breaches are reported, then it's a reputation loss for the enterprise also. So, a lot of emphasis should be given to Authentication, Access, Backups, and Encryption while setting up a database. The databases should also be monitored for any suspicious activities. Besides this the API routes also need to be protected, so that the hacker cannot manipulate them. Career roles Most of the companies hire Frontend developers, Backend developers and DevOps engineers separately. This is because most of the enterprise projects are huge, in which roles and responsibilities are distributed. But there is a huge demand for Full Stack developers in the startup sector in US and India. These companies need specialists who can get the product out as soon as possible with agile and small teams. Top companies hiringAlmost every company on the planet is hiring web-developers or outsourcing the development work. Since the past decade, the demand for developers has risen exponentially. The top technology companies which hire full stack developers are Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google, Uber, Flipkart, Microsoft and more.  The sites of each of these companies are web-apps (excluding Apple and Microsoft), with complex frontend and backend systems. The frontend generally consists of React or Angular and the backend is a combination of various technologies. The DevOps part is also quite important in these web-apps as they handle millions of concurrent connections at once.Salaries  The salary of a beginner Frontend developer in India starts from Rs. 300,000($ 3980) per year in service-based companies to Rs. 12,00,000($ 15,971) per year in the top tech companies mentioned above. The salary of a Beginner Full-Stack developer in India starts at Rs. 4,50,000 ($ 5989) per year in service companies to Rs. 12,00,000($ 15,971) per year in top tech companies. The salary for an entry level Frontend developer in USA is $ 59,213 per year and for an entry level Full stack developer is $ 61,042 per year.Below are some sources for salaries. web-developerfull-stack-developerfront-end-vs-back-endTop regions where there is demand There are plenty of remote and freelancing opportunities in web-development across the world. The two countries with most developers and top tech companies are USA and India. Silicon Valley, which is the San Francisco Bay Area, in Northern California, USA is the hub of technology companies.  The top city in India to start a developer job is the Silicon Valley of India – Bengaluru. The number of jobs is more than all the other cities combined and it also has a very good startup ecosystem. Almost all the big technology companies mentioned earlier and top Indian service companies are located in the city. After Bengaluru, the city where the greatest number of technology jobs are based is Hyderabad, followed by Chennai and then Pune. Entry PointsThe demand for web-developers is high and anyone with a passion for creating apps can become a web-developer. An Engineering degree is not mandatory to land a job as a web developer.  The most in-demand skill today and for the next 5 years is React and its ecosystem. So, if you know HTML, CSS, JavaScript and React, it is impossible to not get a job. Career Pathway  Most people start as an intern Front-end developer or Intern Full-Stack developer and in many cases Intern Backend developer. Many companies directly hire junior Frontend/Backend/Full-stack developers.  After that, the next step is the role of Senior Frontend/Backend/Full-stack developers. Many Frontend and Backend developers become full stack developers at this level, by learning additional technologies. Senior resources in Frontend/Backend/Full-stack can then go on to assume Team Lead roles. These people manage small teams in addition to being individual contributors.  After this a professional can become a Project manager, whose main responsibility is managing the team. Another role is that of Technical Project Manager, who manages the team and also has hands-on knowledge in Technology. The last role at this level is that of a Software Architect, who handles and designs big projects and has to look at every aspect of the technology to create the enterprise app. Generally Full-stack developers are preferred in this role, as they need to know all technologies. The highest career milestone is CTO or Chief Technology Officer, who handles all the technology teams and makes all technology decisions in a Technology company. Job SpecializationThere are some Full stack development specializations which I see nowadays in the industry. Full stack developers who work with React in the Frontend and Java in the Backend are in great demand. Similarly, developers who work with Angular in the Frontend and .NET in the backend are in great demand.How KnowledgeHut can helpAll these free resources are a great place to start your Frontend or Full-Stack journey. Beside these there are many other free resources on the internet, but they may not be organized and may not have a structured approach.  This is where KnowledgeHut can make a difference and serve as a one stop shop alternative with its comprehensive Instructor-led live classes. The courses are taught by Industry experts and are perfect for aspirants who wish to become Frontend or FullStack developers.Links for some of the popular courses & Bootcamps by KnowledgeHut are appended below-CSS3JavaScriptReactJSNodeJSDevopsFull-stack developer BootcampFront-end developer Bootcampback-end developer BootcampConclusion This completes our article on the Full stack developer journey by combining both the Frontend and backend roadmap. There are many people who become backend developers first by working on languages like Java and then go on to learn React to become full stack developers.  Again, many developers learn front-end development first with frameworks like React, and then become full stack developers by learning Node.JS. This path is easier for developers because both React and Node.JS use the same language which is JavaScript.We hope you have found this blog useful, and can now take the right path to become a full stack developer. Good luck on your learning journey!
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How To Install and Setup React Native on Mac

React Native Development Environment Installation:With the rapid growth of online websites, businesses, and the general ecosystem, it is crucial that website UIs load quickly on smartphones to encourage smartphone-based internet consumption. Facebook developed React Native from a need to generate UI elements efficiently, which formed the basis for creating the open-source web framework. Its native cross-platform capabilities allow usage for a wide range of platforms for application development, including Android, Web, Windows, UWP, tvOS, macOS, iOS, and AndroidTV. Microsoft also released a preview release in May 2020 that expanded the range of the React Native world, allowing desktop app development. React Native runs in the background of the destination device, and then communicates with the native platform via a batched asynchronous bridge. Its three main advantages are:It allows faster development due to its native natureThough it has a syntax styling similar to CSS or HTML, it is much quicker and efficientIt is flexible as it allows developers to write native code in various languages, including Java, Kotlin, and Swift.This article is about how to install and configure React Native CLI environment. First, we will learn how to install the framework, then check whether it works well and finally develop an app.PrerequisitesBasic computer proficiencyAn account with Administrative privileges on your computerAccess to the outlined documents and softwareA working internet connection to download the installation filesAudienceThis article guides first-time React Native users, junior developers, and developers with no experience with React Native. If curiosity nudged you to learn the framework due to the hype around React, then this is the guide you need.System requirementsSoftwareXcode version 11.3.1 or newer is required. Nodejs version 12 LTS or newer is required.HardwareMacOS requires a Mac device to operateRam - 4GBStorage - 10GBThese requirements ensure your tools run quickly and have enough storage for installation and development.System RequirementsReact Native requires macOS High Sierra (10.13) or higher to run efficiently.Installation through HomeBrew:HomeBrew is a package manager that helps you install and manage packages on Mac, and thus it will be essential to our installation process. You will install HomeBrew so that you can use it to install all the other tools necessary for React Native environment, including Nodejs, git, Watchman, and JDK.First download HomeBrew using the above link, then execute the command below in the Command Line Interface:brew—versionThe command verifies whether HomeBrew has been successfully installed and outputs the specific version installed as the following result shows:homebrew 2.1.7 homebrew/homebrew-core (git revision f487; last commit 2020-05-26)When the version is unavailable, you can install HomeBrew via this code:/usr/bin/ruby -e “$(curl –fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/HomeBrew/install/master/install)”After installation, check whether HomeBrew has installed properly using the following command:brew--versionIf the software is well installed, the result will show the version and date as shown:homebrew 2.1.7 homebrew/homebrew-core(git revision f487; last commit 2020-05-26)NodejsReact Native is a JavaScript platform; hence it needs Nodejs to provide a JavaScript runtime.  Nodejs also provides essential tools such as a local webserver with live reloading, network tools, command-line tools, and web APIs.Use the HomeBrew command below to install Nodejs:brew install nodeCheck whether the installation is successful through the following command:node—versionIf the installation has occurred successfully, the Nodejs version will show up:V12.6.0Installation of Nodejs also includes installation of npm, the Node Package Manager. It would help if you had npm to help you install packages, libraries, and vital tools for your React development environment. To verify if npm is successfully installed, execute the following command:npm—versionIf the installation is successful, you will see the version as shown below:6.9.0WatchmanWatchman monitors the files and folders utilized by the framework and triggers specific actions if the files are modified. It would be best if you had Watchman for React Native to monitor source codes and rebuild them once they are changed.To install Watchman, execute the command below:brew install watchmanVerify installation through:watchman --versionif properly installed, the result will show the version as shown below:4.9.0React Native CLIYou need React Native CLI to develop the app by react-native. React Native CLI is installed by executing the npm command below:npm install --g react-native-cliCheck if the installation is successful using the following command:react-native --versionSometimes, users may get an error when using the npm install --g react -native-cli command. To avoid this, try entering sudo before this command, then enter your system password.If the installation is successful, you will see the version as shown:react-native-cli:2.0.1 react-native:n/a - not inside a React Native ProjectXcodeYou need Xcode for iOS app development, and you can download it via the above link. After installation, configure the Command Line Tools. Execute Xcode and go toXcode > Preferences > LocationsYou should see the Command Line Tools settings showing the version of Xcode as:Xcode 10.2.1 (10E1001)If the settings do not look like that, select the last version of the Command Line Tool from the dropdown menu.Go to components and select an iOS emulator, then download it (this is for those without iOS devices to run and test their apps on. It is also easier than using an actual device.)Move account tabs, select apple id, and input your apple id.Open Xcode and create a new project, name it anything, then close it. After project creation, click the root file and select "sign in and capabilities," then select your user id. Select your emulator and keep it ready for development.CocoapodsCoacoapods manages dependencies in iOS development, and thus it is necessary to develop an app by react-native.Install Cocoapods through the following command:sudo gem install cocoapodsVerify installation through:pod --versionif installation is successful, you can see the version as shown below:1.7.5JDKThe Java Development Kit is essential for the development of Android apps with react-native. Install JDK through the command below:brew tap AdoptOpenJDK/openjdk brew cask install adoptopenjdk8Verify installation through:java -versionIf you see the Java version as shown below, then Java has been successfully installed:openjdk version "1.8.0_222" OpenJDK Runtime Environment (AdoptOpenJDK)(BUILD 1.8.0_222-b10) OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (AdoptOpenJDK)(build 25.222-b10, mixed mode)JDK Installation also installs the Java Compiler, which can be verified by executing the following command:javac -versionIf the installation is successful, the following result shows up:javac 1.8.0_222Android StudioAndroid Studio is also an essential tool for developing an Android app using react-native.CONFIGURATIONOn the install type screen, select the custom option, choose your preferred theme, then select the performance (Intel R HAXM) option and Android Virtual Device option. Click Next, then leave the Emulator settings as they are, and click next again. Allow the standard installation to continue and click Finish to complete the process.ANDROID STUDIO SDK CONFIGURATIONClick Configure>SDK Manager and proceed to Android SDK Configuration.Select the Show Package Details option and select the following options:Android SDK Platform 28Intel  X86 Atom System ImageGoogle APIs Intel x86 Atom System ImageGoogle APIs Intel x86 Atom_64 System ImageClick ok to install the options selected.In the SDK Tools Window, select show package details >Android SDK Build Tools >Android SDK Build Tools 23.0.1.ANDROID STUDIO ENVIRONMENT VARIABLE CONFIGURATIONYou need to set environment variables to ensure the development environment fits your specifications.  Ensure that the ANDROID_HOME environment variable connects to your existing Android SDK to avoid complications.Open and include the following code to the ~/.bash_profile file or the ~/.zshrc file to add the environment variables:For .bash_profile users, use the following command:source ~/.bash_profileAfter configuration, restart the terminal, then execute the following command: adbThe correct result if all variables are successfully configured is:Android Debug Bridge Version 1.0.41 version 29.0.1-5644136 Installed as /Your Android SDK Directory Location/platform-tools/adbGit1.You can also use git, which comes with Xcode. However, if its unavailable, run the code below:brew install gitgit is a substitute for the Android Studio development environment.Gradle DaemonSometimes you may need to modify the java code, in which case, your development speed will be affected. Gradle Daemon is a tool that manages these changes to speed up your development.Other Installation MethodsExpo CLIExpo CLI is a tool built to install and manage react-native frameworks. However, its unsuitable feature is that it has numerous native features, which makes building an app tedious and also makes the app size more extensive than it needs to be. Additionally, incorporating elements in an app that are not available in Expo CLI is difficult, making the tool unsuitable for developers. Despite that, Expo CLI has many useful native tools, unlike React Native CLI, such as geolocation, camera, the microphone that can come in handy for most application needs. Expo CLI is a much easier route than the react-native CLI route.The installation process is as follows:1.Install the Expo CLI command line utility using:Npm install –g expo-cli2.Run the command below to create your first project:expo init my app3. Browse to the directory with the following command in the terminal:4. Finally, run the projectExpo start5. A development environment server will be started by these commands. Running the app requires installing the Expo client app to your device (iOS/Android) then connecting it to your computer. Android requires scanning the QR code on the terminal to authenticate the project, while iOS requires QR code scanning using the camera app. On the Android (emulator/real device), use the following command to initialize the app:npm run android6. While on the iOS emulator run:npm run iosExpo has docs that you can reference for solutions or even utilize the Expo Forums created for the Expo community to ask questions.Expo is mostly best suited for beginners as it does not include the use of native code thus cannot be used to develop complex applications with custom components.TestingProject structureReact Native project structure consists of a project directory with configuration files such as package.json, app.json, .watchman.json at the root; separate Android and iOS folders; a _tests_ folder with validation tests for the project; a nodes_module for housing smaller app modules; and an index.js file that maps the application and serves as the initialization point of the application. package.json  specifies project dependencies and versions, while app.json contains the app name.The npm (node package manager) manages the node_modules folder, which stores all the project library dependencies. You should avoid modifying the files present in the folder since alterations performed cannot be assured to be stable from updates/installs. Assets in the public folder are to be shared publicly. The src folder contains all development work by the developer, including components and source codes.Developing an app1. First, you need to lock the version you build with to ensure the app still works even after updates, using the following command:npm config set save-exact=true2. Create a native project through the command:react-native init AwesomeProject cd AwesomeProject react-native run-iosYour new app will run successfully in the emulator.3. In iOS, execute the command below:cd SampleApp #react-native run ios npm run iosThe react-native app will show up on the emulator.4. On Android, run the following command:cd SampleApp #react-native run-android npm run androidYour Android emulator will output:Welcome to ReactSecond App VerificationHello World is a simple program for most development environments. Open index.ios.js for iOS or index.android.js for Android, then proceed to delete everything between the tags .  Write Hello World and execute the emulator.The result will be Hello World on the screen.Modifying Your AppAfter successful testing, you can modify your app through the following steps:Open index.ios.js or index.android.js and edit some files.Click CommandX + R in the iOS Emulator and reload to see changes.Potential issuesYou might encounter problems while installing Cocoapods or React Native CLI - the most probable solution is entering a sudo command before the installation command, which will prompt you for your system password. Input the password, and your installation will go through just fine. You might also get this result [Broken AVD system path. Check your ANDROID_SDK_ROOT value]. Check if you installed android -sdk using homebrew; if you did, then uninstall it through the following command: brew uninstall android-sdk Another error is No ANDROID_HOME which means the bash files do not point to the ANDROID_HOME path. You can correct this through the following steps:Open and add the following code to the ~/.bash_profile file or the ~/.zshrc file to add the environment variables:#export ANDROID_HOME=$HOME/Library/Android/sdk export ANDROID_HOME=android SDK directory location/ Android/sdk export PATH=$PATH:$ANDROID_HOME/emulator export PATH=$PATH:ANDROID_HOME/tools export PATH=$PATH:$ANDROID_HOME/tools/bin export PATH=$PATH:$ANDROID_HOME/platform-toolsFor .bash_profile users, use the following command:source ~/.bash_profileThen proceed to verify the correction using the following code:echo $ANDROID_HOME // default: /Users//Library/Android/sdkAndroid Emulator won't run from Android Virtual Device Manager – Android Studio rarely shows an error that may occur in the Android Device Emulator; thus, you need to utilize the command line and run the commands below to check the name of the Android virtual device:Avdmanager list avdThen runEmulator –avd Wait for the device to boot up, then run your app in the emulatorReact-native run-androidYour app should run successfully.No Connected devices- you should run the following commandReact-native run-androidWrong Android emulator – you need to find the right emulator using the following code:find - -name emulator –type f /Users//Library/Android/sdk/emulator // this /Users//Library/Android/sdk/tools/emulator // not thisRestart the terminal and verify the error is gone.Avdmanager not found- write ~/.bash_profile, then add the following code afterwards:PATH=$PATH:$ANDROID_HOME/tool s/bin export PATHthen runsource ~/.bash_profileQuit and restart the terminal, then run the tools.Uninstallation procedureSometimes you might need to uninstall and wipe off the whole react-native environment due to issues such as a broken development environment which can be caused by misusing commands or assigning storage to variables incorrectly.  To do so efficiently, use the uninstall command together with the -g flag, then include the scope if the package is scoped.  A good example is as follows;npm uninstall -g react-native-cliornpm uninstall for scoped package usenpm uninstall As our installations have a package.json file, you might need to remove a package from the dependencies in that file. Use the following commands to effect these changes:npm uninstall --save or the following for a scoped packagenpm uninstall --save You will also need to verify if the uninstallation is successful through the following commands on macOS:ls node_modulesThis command ensures the node_modules do not contain a folder for the uninstalled files.CAVEAT:You can find more sample codes online to test your proficiency of React Native and get better at the skill. React Native is based on MIT License that grants Facebook copyright for portions of React Native for macOS extension derived from React Native. Remember to only download software from the official stated sites to avoid downloading compromised, malware-ridden software that can cripple your computer. If your computer shows any warning while executing any of the above steps, ensure to verify the software, ask an expert or ask on online community platforms. After completing and understanding all these steps successfully, you are now officially a beginner. You can proceed to the next stages of React Native app development until you become an expert. Some of the most significant areas you need to look at afterwards include animation, command-line instructions, components, shareable APKs, custom fonts, debugging, ESLint, images, layout, HTTP requests, Firebase integration, listview, native modules, and routing.The guide presented has shown how to install React Native through various methods and why the tools stated are required, then showed examples of apps and finally the uninstallation procedure. Tooling and development in React Native are simple, and the learning curve is short, making it an ideal framework for web developers.  The growth of internet consumers, cross-platform development, and the whole of the internet ecosystem is an excellent catalyst for React Native to grow in popularity among developers. It offers them faster development speed while offering internet consumers speedier loading times and more beautiful website UIs.  As you have seen, React development is simple; hence it should convince you to get started and launch your own apps within a short period. Being a new but highly applicable language, React Native holds a lot of opportunities, career wise and development wise. There are also numerous React Native platforms on the internet that can help you solve challenges you might face in development. Keep coding and have fun!
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How to Install MongoDB on a Mac

MongoDB is one of the most popular unstructured database management systems that can store a high volume of data. It is a document-oriented database system that belongs to the family of NoSQL (non-SQL). Here the data and records are stored as documents that behave more like JSON objects. Documents are a combination of key-value pairs that form the basic unit of data in MongoDB. This database system came into action in mid-2000.What is NoSQL and why should we use NoSQL?NoSQL stands for Not Only SQL or non-SQL and is an unstructured database that helps store and retrieve data. In the year 1998, Carl Strozz introduced NoSQL. It models the data by means other than the tabular relations. It means such databases do not have a fixed schema, but are intended explicitly for the distributed data that demands humongous data storage. We use NoSQL databases for real-time web apps, mobile apps, big data, etc. Websites like Google, Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, etc., collect terabytes of data every day.Earlier, web applications were simple and did not generate such huge amounts of data. But with the advent of big companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, etc., huge volumes of data are generated, because of which NoSQL databases have become popular. Traditional RDBMS (like SQL) uses simple queries to store and retrieve textual data. But NoSQL database management systems embrace a wide range of file systems storing structured, unstructured, semi-structured, and polymorphic data.Features of NoSQLNoSQL databases do not follow the relational model. They are schema-free, or they do not follow any specific schema. NoSQL renders heterogeneous data structures (graph, tree, column family, key-value pair, document, etc.) on the same domain. Data is not stored flat in rows and columns (table). NoSQL does not demand data normalization and object-relational mapping. NoSQL does not demand setting up complex concepts like joins, referential integrity, ACID properties, etc. Who should use MongoDB?Developers who want to deal with structured, semi-structured, or unstructured data need to use MongoDB for their applications. Those who are into Big data analysis can also use MongoDB. Again, if an application's data needs agility, scaling, and high performance, MongoDB is the best solution.   It supports a broad spectrum of use cases, from real-time exploratory and predictive analytics to parallel data processing. MongoDB can provide high-performance data storage even when spread across multiple servers.PrerequisitesSoftware Requirement:macOS 10.13 or later MongoDB 4.4 Community Edition (we will show the download procedure later) Install Xcode Command-Line Tools: Homebrew demands to install the Xcode command-line tool from Apple's Xcode before using it. To install Xcode, you have to run the following command in your macOS Terminal:  xcode-select --install Homebrew package manager: By default, macOS does not incorporate the Homebrew package. You can install Homebrew using the documentation given on their official website (https://brew.sh/#install).  Hardware Requirement:Intel Processor / Apple M1 Processor 4 GB RAM preferred Installation StepsInstall Manually without BrewStep 1: Let us now download MongoDB. For this, open your web browser and type: google.comStep 2: From Google search, type: MongoDB and hopefully, the first link the search throws up would be the MongoDB link. From here, we have two ways of installing MongoDB. Follow these steps to install using the macOS terminal.Step 3: Go to mongodb-community Select the version, platform, and package. Make sure you choose macOS as the platform and 'tgz' as the file format and click the download button.Step 4: Once the tgz file gets downloaded, go to the macOS terminal to extract it. Step 5: Mostly, your MongoDB will get downloaded in the Downloads folder. For this, type the following command in the terminal:cd Downloads/ ls tar xzf mongodb-osx-ssl-x86_64-4.4.tgz Step 6: Now, we have to move the MongoDB folder to our local binary storage. sudo mv mongodb-osx-ssl-x86_64-4.4 /usr/local/mongodbThis will ask for your system password. Provide the password. You can change the directory to /usr/local/mongodb and see whether all the files exist or not using the ls command. Note that this step is optional. To change the directory, type the command cd /usr/local/mongodb Next, you have to create the db folder. By default, MongoDB writes or stores the data in the folder called data/db. The command for this will be sudo mkdir -p /data/db The -p flag will allow us to create the directory structure. Now, to check whether this path and directory have been created or not, we use the command: cd /data/dbTo check whether we are on the right directory or not, just type the command: pwdFor changing the permission, you need to know your username first. To know your username, type the command: whoamiNow change the permission of this directory. To do this, the command is: sudo chown /data/db Finally, you are eligible to directly run the mongo process.  Install using Brew –If you want to install MongoDB through Homebrew manually, follow these steps – Step 1: Homebrew helps in installing and managing applications on MacOS. If you haven't downloaded or installed Homebrew, then click the link (https://github.com/mongodb/homebrew-brew) to download the official Homebrew formula for MongoDB, by running the command in your macOS Terminal:  brew update  brew tap mongodb/brew Step 2: Once the Homebrew package resides in your system, you can download MongoDB using brew. Step 3: Type the following command in your macOS Terminal: brew install mongodb-community@version-numberStep 4: This installation will add the following binaries: The mongod server The mongo shell The mongos sharded cluster query router Step 5: The installation will take a few seconds. Once done, you can create a directory to store MongoDB data using the following command. sudo mkdir -p /data/db Step 6: Now, you have to note that your data directory should have the appropriate permissions. To do this, execute the command: sudo chown -R `id -un` /data/db Step 7: This will ensure that the data directory is ready and has all the proper permissions. Step 8: Apart from that, the MongoDB installation will produce the following files and directories at the locations given below – Intel Processors Apple M1  Log directory/usr/local/var/log/mongodb/opt/homebrew/var/log/mongodbConfiguration file/usr/local/etc/mongod.conf/opt/homebrew/etc/mongod.confData directory/usr/local/var/mongodb/opt/homebrew/var/mongodbStep 9: Let us now run the MongoDB community Edition. You can use the brew command to run MongoDB as a macOS. A manual procedure is needed to run MongoDB services on macOS. To execute MongoDB daemon, which resides by the name mongod (process), use the following command: brew services start mongodb-community macOS will run this process as a macOS service. Step 10: For stopping a mongod process running as a macOS service, apply the following command: brew services stop mongodb-communityStep 11: For running MongoDB in the background manually and listening for connections on a given port, use the following command - For Mac systems with Intel processors: mongod --config /usr/local/etc/mongod.conf --fork For Mac systems with Apple M1 processors: mongod --config /opt/homebrew/etc/mongod.conf –fork Step 12: Next, verify your MongoDB version. To do this, type the following command: mongo –version Step 13: The command line will display the installed version of MongoDB on your Mac system. Developers recommend using the newest version of libraries and software whenever feasible. It will keep you away from any compatibility issues with client-side applications. Step14: You can view the installation list by typing the command: mongodb Step15: Use the command mongod --config /usr/local/etc/mongod.conf to start the MongoDB Step 16: To connect to mongodb service, type the command: mongo Step17: Use the ‘show dbs’ command to see all databases. You can learn more about the working of MongoDB and become an expert NoSQL database administrator by joining the course mongodb-administrator. This course covers features of MongoDB 4.0 and future releases. Uninstall MongoDB on macOS X –Uninstalling MongoDB from your system will entirely remove MongoDB along with its associated files. Before uninstalling MongoDB, check whether any mongo service is running by using the command: launchctl list | grep mongo If any running process exists before uninstallation, you should stop or kill it. To kill all the processes related to mongod, use the command: pkill -f mongod The command to uninstall MongoDB from your system is: If installed via brew: brew uninstall mongodb-communityOr, if installed manually you can simply delete the folder: rm -rf If you have a separate folder for the database, use the command to remove that database directory: rm -rf /data/db MongoDB is the leading NoSQL, document-based, open-source database system. It is a cross-platform system - licensed under the Server-Side Public License (SSPL). Due to its broad spectrum of features and benefits, it became popular very quickly. Hopefully, this article has helped you understand the basics of installing MongoDB in your Apple system.   In this article, we have walked you through the two ways to install MongoDB in a macOS. Also, this article explicitly talked about installing MongoDB in Apple systems with Intel processors and with Apple M1 processors. So, you can navigate this article as per your system. You can learn more about MongoDB installation and join the course from mongodb-administrator.
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How to Install MongoDB on a Mac

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