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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 2.1.7, loopback 3.9.0, 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 7 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 8,671,568 points, feathers got 36,976 points, loopback got 73,910 points, meanjs-core got 172 points and sails got 64,001 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
2.1.7
NPM

loopback
3.9.0
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 7 years ago (Dec, 2010) 4 years ago (Jun, 2013) 4 years ago (Sep, 2013) 3 years ago (May, 2014) 5 years ago (Jan, 2013)
modified 9 hours ago 9 days ago 16 days ago 3 years ago 8 days ago
total versions 252 40 137 5 180
version average every 10 days every a month every 10 days every 8 months every 9 days
maintainers 4 2 25 1 4
dependencies 28 8 22 3 59
Daily Downloads 526,745 2,136 3,761 10 2,398
Weekly Downloads 3,154,436 10,322 21,354 22 12,723
Monthly Downloads 13,575,066 45,646 92,691 62 70,172
open issues 152 46 623 0 66
open pull requests 30 2 5 0 24
stargazers 33,090 7,036 9,477 0 17,505
subscribers 1,697 250 441 0 817
forks 5,997 238 904 0 1,732
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Overall points

8,671,568

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36,976

Points

73,910

Points

172

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64,001

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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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