Module 9

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This module introduces MEAN, a fullstack web framework that uses MongoDB, Express, AngularJS and Node.js.
You have already learned (some things) about Node.js. In this module, you will be introduced to other three new technologies. Don’t frown yet, the goal of this module is to introduce you to the concept of web frameworks and prepare you for the creative project. You are not required to be an expert in all of these technologies, however, it’s important to understand the basics of each and how they work together.


The following articles on the online class wiki textbook contain information that will help you complete the assignment.

Individual Assignments


Make sure you go through tutorials for both MongoDB and AngularJS, and understand how Express works.

Install MEAN

Follow the steps and install MEAN on your machine, initialize an app and type grunt in your terminal to start the server (make sure your mongoDB server is connected and running). Open up the app in your browser (localhost:3000), and understand what the default app does.

Group Project

  • Make an e-commerce site using the MEAN stack.

To start, come up with use cases for your site. Think about what products the site is selling, what the user can do, and how information is stored etc.

You may start with the default app and build on top of it. This way you don't have to implement user authentication. You can also create a MEAN package and start from there.
You may use phone models provided by the Angular Phone Catalog app as your products. Review the MongoDB section on how to import JSON data into MongoDB.


Review the "Getting MEAN" section to understand the file system so you know how components work with each other.

Please save your file as birthday.html from the plain text editor of your choice.

Important Note: Writing your web page in a word processor like Microsoft Word or even WordPad or TextEdit will not work. What you need is a plain text editor.

How to View Your HTML Document

Once you have birthday.html, you can open it using your favorite web browser (like Firefox). For the purposes of this exercise, it suffices to right-click the file and tell it to "open with" Firefox. When the file opens, it should be under the file:/// protocol.

In Module 2, we will install a web server that serves up pages on the http:// protocol.


Your birthday card must pass the W3C Validator with no errors. From the validator, you can choose to upload your file.

For more information on validation, see the HTML and CSS guide: HTML and CSS#Validation

Make a Portal to a DuckDuckGo Search

Write an HTML document containing a form that searches DuckDuckGo's web site. You should be able to type in a search term and have your form load the DuckDuckGo search page.

  1. Visit Search for something easy to spot in the URL, like "QUERY".
  2. Look at the URL of the search page. What is the script URL? What is the query variable?
  3. Make an HTML document containing a text field and a submit button. Typing a search query into the text field and pressing the submit button should load the DuckDuckGo search page.


We will be grading the following aspects of your work. There are 50 points total.

  1. Birthday Card (30 Points):
    • Correct usage of HTML and CSS in your birthday card (10 points).
      Make sure that you use HTML for "content" and CSS for "appearance." Don't write inline styles: use a stylesheet.
    • Experimenting with at least 5 different CSS properties in your birthday card (10 points).
    • Birthday card passes the W3C validation for the declared DOCTYPE (e.g., HTML 5) (10 points).
  2. Search Portal (15 Points):
    • DuckDuckGo search portal is functional (15 points).
  3. Account Created on Amazon Web Services (5 Points)