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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
About the Author
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Development workflow

When you are developing an application, some tasks are very repetitive; for example, our contacts application uses Browserify to manage dependencies. It needs to rebundle the source code every time you make a change, which means that you need to run the browserify command each time:

$ npm bundle
$ npm start

To run these commands every time you make a small change is a very tedious task, there should be a better way to do it:

Figure 7.1. Development workflow

The above figure shows the ideal development process; the first time you run the application, you should bundle the source files and run the BrowserSync web server and then open the browser. After that, for any change that you make in any source file, the application should be rebundled and then the browser should be refreshed to get the new changes.

Currently, we are manually doing this process; however, in the next section, you will learn how to automatize this task to let the machine do all this for you.