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Comparing express vs. feathers vs. loopback vs. meanjs-core vs. sails

How are they different?

Here we compare between express, feathers, loopback, meanjs-core and sails. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of those packages. The current versions are express 4.15.3, feathers 2.1.3, loopback 3.8.0, meanjs-core 0.0.4 and sails 0.12.13.

express, Fast, unopinionated, minimalist web framework. It was authored by TJ Holowaychuk on Dec, 2010.
feathers, Build Better APIs, Faster than Ever. It was authored by Feathers on Jun, 2013.
loopback, LoopBack: Open Source Framework for Node.js. It was authored on Sep, 2013.
meanjs-core, MEAN.JS - Core services for the MEAN.JS boilerplate. Full-Stack JavaScript Using MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, and Node.js From Creators of MEAN.IO - http://meanjs.org. It was authored by Michael Cole on May, 2014.
sails, API-driven framework for building realtime apps, using MVC conventions (based on Express and Socket.io). It was authored by Mike McNeil on Jan, 2013.

express has been out there for longer (since 6 years ago), it also has more versions, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads and more monthly downloads.
loopback has a bigger community of maintainers.
meanjs-core has less dependencies and less open pull requests.
sails has more frequent updates.

In our review express got 7,595,780 points, feathers got 25,757 points, loopback got 66,812 points, meanjs-core got 136 points and sails got 56,983 points. The points are a summary of how big the community is and how well the package is maintained.

Lets dive deeper and have a look at some more details on those packages.

Going into more detail

 

express
4.15.3
NPM

feathers
2.1.3
NPM

loopback
3.8.0
NPM

meanjs-core
0.0.4
NPM

sails
0.12.13
NPM

description Fast, unopinionated, minimalist web framework Build Better APIs, Faster than Ever. LoopBack: Open Source Framework for Node.js MEAN.JS - Core services for the MEAN.JS boilerplate. Full-Stack JavaScript Using MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, and Node.js From Creators of MEAN.IO - http://meanjs.org API-driven framework for building realtime apps, using MVC conventions (based on Express and Socket.io)
keywords express, framework, sinatra, web, rest, restful, router, app, api feathers, REST, socket.io, realtime web, restful, rest, api, express, restify, koa, auth, security, oracle, mysql, nosql, mongo, mongodb, sqlserver, mssql, postgres, postgresql, soap, StrongLoop, framework, mobile, mBaaS mvc, web-framework, express, sailsjs, sails.js, REST, API, orm, socket.io
author TJ Holowaychuk Feathers N/A Michael Cole Mike McNeil
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licenses MIT MIT MIT MIT MIT
created 6 years ago (Dec, 2010) 4 years ago (Jun, 2013) 4 years ago (Sep, 2013) 3 years ago (May, 2014) 4 years ago (Jan, 2013)
modified a day ago 6 hours ago 11 days ago 3 years ago 5 days ago
total versions 252 35 136 5 179
version average every 9 days every a month every 10 days every 7 months every 9 days
maintainers 4 2 24 1 4
dependencies 28 8 22 3 59
Daily Downloads 236,504 315 920 0 840
Weekly Downloads 3,006,399 6,043 17,385 0 14,882
Monthly Downloads 11,864,443 30,450 86,609 22 56,340
open issues 143 49 579 0 66
open pull requests 30 2 4 0 23
stargazers 32,042 6,531 8,986 0 17,165
subscribers 1,626 228 422 0 783
forks 5,779 219 867 0 1,709
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7,595,780

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25,757

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66,812

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136

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56,983

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install npm i -S express npm i -S feathers npm i -S loopback npm i -S meanjs-core npm i -S sails
remove npm r -S express npm r -S feathers npm r -S loopback npm r -S meanjs-core npm r -S sails

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