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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
About the Reviewers

Getting started with Gulp

First of all, install the Gulp package globally; this will give you access to the gulp command:

$ npm install -g gulp

Once you have installed Gulp globally, you will need to install it in your local project in order to have access to the Gulp core utilities:

$ npm install -save-dev gulp

To configure the Gulp tasks, you will need to create a file called gulpfile.js that Gulp will read every time you run the gulp command. All Gulp tasks have a name and a function that is executed when the task is invoked:

var gulp = require('gulp');

gulp.task('hello', function() {
  console.log('Hello world!');

The following simple Gulp task will print Hello world! on the console:

$ gulp hello
[22:43:15] Using gulpfile ~/path/to/project/gulpfile.js
[22:43:15] Starting 'hello'...
Hello world!
[22:43:15] Finished 'hello' after 118 μs

Note how we invoke Gulp, gulp hello, the argument used in the command is the name of the task to be executed. This is the simplest Gulp task that you...