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Mastering Backbone.js

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Mastering Backbone.js

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.
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Mastering Backbone.js
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NPM and package.json

With Browserify, we can create CommonJS modules that can be executed in the browser. When you use CommonJS modules in the browser, Browserify will provide the necessary tools to load the modules, which includes a definition for the require() function.

When you use Browserify, you can use the Node package manager to install and define dependencies for your projects. A useful tool is the npm command tool, used to install and manage project dependencies.

The package.json file in a Node project is a JSON file used to define, install, and manage the version of the libraries that your project depends on. A package.json file can contain many configuration options; you can see the complete documentation on the Node website at Here is a list of the main values.

  • Name – The name of the project without spaces

  • Description – A short description of the project

  • Version – A version number for the project, typically starting with 0.0.1

  • Dependencies – A list of libraries...