New tech terms and lingo are constantly popping up in the development world. It’s hard to keep up! People also love to share and debate about their favorite tech stacks and tools / frameworks. That said, there is no ultimate right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing a tech stack because it really depends on the specific use case it’s meant to solve for.
As mentioned, there are numerous stacks out there and different factors play a role in the decision around which is right for your specific end goal. Remember that you have the freedom to choose and try different stacks! To make sure we’re all on the same page, Stackshare defines a tech stack as “the set of technologies an organization uses to build a web or mobile application. It is a combination of programming languages, frameworks, libraries, patterns, servers, UI/UX solutions, software, and tools used by its developers.” So as you can see, the combinations and possibilities are endless!
- HarperDB: Distributed SQL / NoSQL hybrid database accessed via a REST API.
- Express.js: Open source, back end web application framework for Node.js, designed for building web applications and APIs.
There are several reasons that these technologies work well together and serve as a great full-stack solution for projects like app development and web development. There are also variants of this stack that would work just as well, such as swapping out and incorporating frameworks like Vue, Angular, or Fastify. HEAN, HEVN, HFRN… don’t be afraid to get creative and choose what technologies make the most sense for you!
React serves as the frontend or web tier of the HERN stack. Among the many reasons React is taking over frontend development, it enables faster development, simplifies coding and integration, and comes with a strong community. The HarperDB Management Studio was written in React. React has improved the quality of front end development and allowed us to quickly make changes and improvements to our application.
HarperDB also provides a great React SDK, if that’s your style, or you could make calls directly to HarperDB via our built-in, easy to use API. Either way, you can query data directly from within your client-side application if you choose. React Hooks are a great place to manage your API calls and how responses are handled within your app.
Node.js and Express.js serve as the backend, server, or application tier of the HERN stack. Express essentially operates inside a Node server, as the server-side framework. Express is a minimal and flexible framework, with numerous HTTP utility methods and middleware at your disposal.
If you need to store or transport any type of data, which you probably do, you will also need a database. Why not choose the quickest, easiest, and most intuitive database out there? HarperDB provides full document store capability plus enterprise grade ACID-compliant SQL, effectively allowing you to run SQL on JSON. The database is accessed via a single endpoint REST API using SQL and NoSQL operations. HarperDB has simplified much of the work when it comes to database installation, configuration, and administration. It’s really a great option for developers of any skill level. Check out HarperDB Cloud if you’re building in the cloud, or you can also do a local install on your server.
Scaling is easy with HarperDB’s clustering and replication features, and our data model, built on top of LMDB, is enabling us to break records on both read and write speeds. HarperDB works extremely well with Express, React, and Node, and with this tech stack you can maximize your time writing code, and work on your project instead of debugging and other administration tasks.
Don’t get stuck in your old ways! Try the new HERN, HEAN, or HEVN stack and let us know what you think. We would love to hear what you’re working on!