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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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We started by creating common view types that are common for almost every project. Those views are simple in principle but powerful; we can effectively manage nested views without worrying about insufficient memory.

We learned that, by encapsulating common patterns in the render() method, we can create useful view types; in this chapter, we have seen four of them but if you are curious I encourage you to take a look at the Marionette framework, which works on top of Backbone.

Marionette includes all the views exposed here: ItemView, CollectionView, LayoutView, Regions. and other useful view types. Marionette objects behave very similarly to what we see here, so that you can easily interchange Marionette objects with those described in this chapter.

Plugins should be called only after the view is on the DOM, because most plugins are DOM-dependent. When rendering plugins, remember to do it in the view not outside it; the onShow() callback strategy ensures that the view is available...