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Mastering Backbone.js

By : Abiee Echamea, Abiee Echamea
Book Image

Mastering Backbone.js

By: Abiee Echamea, Abiee Echamea

Overview of this book

Backbone.js is a popular library to build single page applications used by many start-ups around the world because of its flexibility, robustness and simplicity. It allows you to bring your own tools and libraries to make amazing webapps with your own rules. However, due to its flexibility it is not always easy to create scalable applications with it. By learning the best practices and project organization you will be able to create maintainable and scalable web applications with Backbone.js. With this book you will start right from organizing your Backbone.js application to learn where to put each module and how to wire them. From organizing your code in a logical and physical way, you will go on to delimit view responsibilities and work with complex layouts. Synchronizing models in a two-way binding can be difficult and with sub resources attached it can be even worse. The next chapter will explain strategies for how to deal with these models. The following chapters will help you to manage module dependencies on your projects, explore strategies to upload files to a RESTful API and store information directly in the browser for using it with Backbone.js. After testing your application, you are ready to deploy it to your production environment. The final chapter will cover different flavors of authorization. The Backbone.js library can be difficult to master, but in this book you will get the necessary skill set to create applications with it, and you will be able to use any other library you want in your stack.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Mastering Backbone.js
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Stateless API authentication

Authenticate against a stateless API implies that you should authenticate each time that you make a request to the server; keep in mind that a stateless server does not keep track of the previous requests. This means that each time you make a request to the server, it will process the petition as the first one.

As sessions are not stored in the server, you should put that information somewhere else. For Backbone applications, the right place to store the session data is the browser, you can use localStorage to store and retrieve the session data and JavaScript to manage the session.

HTTP Basic authentication

The simplest way to authenticate against a RESTFul API is with the HTTP Basic Authentication. The idea behind this is simple; you should include an encoded version of your username and password for every request you make. It may sound risky to send your user and password for each request, and it is. For this reason, it's highly advisable to only use Basic authentication...