Book Image

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
About the Author
About the Reviewers


In this chapter, we learned how to keep models and views in sync. In general, syncing model and views is easy but things can turn difficult if the model has embedded arrays. You can use a plugin to simplify the data binding; Backbone.Stickit is a good option because it allows you to make your bindings in a declarative way.

I showed you how you can make two-way data binding with a vanilla Backbone, taking advantage of the event system; it's not always a good idea to use intensive two-way data binding in your applications but in some cases it can be useful.

Finally, we learned how to validate models with Backbone and how to use the validation API to show error messages in views. The Backbone.Validation plugin can help you to validate Backbone models easily with minimal effort, once validation callbacks are set correctly.

In the next chapter, we will learn how to modularize our contacts application to make it more maintainable and more effectively manage dependencies. Then we will bundle...