Instant Backbone.js Application Development
By Thomas Hunter
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: July 2013
Pages: 64

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It's easy to let a project get out of hand and become completely unmaintainable. However, this can be avoided by building a nicely-structured Backbone.js application. When working on a web application involving a lot of JavaScript, applications may end up as tangled piles of jQuery selectors and callbacks, all trying frantically to sync between the HTML UI, JavaScript logic, and the database on your server. With Backbone.js, you represent your data as models that can be created, validated, destroyed, and saved to the server.

Instant Backbone.js Application Development is a beginner-friendly book that will guide you through a step-by-step process to go from an empty project directory to a fully-functioning web application. The book also includes code samples that are easy to use and will guide you through the major features that Backbone.js has to offer.

Instant Backbone.js Application Development looks at the main types of objects that Backbone.js offers and has you instantiate specialized versions of each. These objects are stored in their own individual files and work together to build well-structured applications.

Your data will be stored using Collections and Models and presented to the user through Views and Templates. URLs will remain pretty and your browsing history will still work thanks to the Routing functionality. You will also learn how to build a JavaScript Single Page Application that communicates smoothly with your backend server using AJAX.


Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks. This book is a practical, step-by-step tutorial that will teach you to build Backbone.js applications quickly and efficiently.

Who this book is for

This book is targeted towards developers. It is assumed that you have at least a basic understanding of JavaScript and jQuery selectors. If you are interested in building dynamic Single Page Applications that interact heavily with a backend server, then this is the book for you.

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Quick and fun way to learn Backbone.js

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    Comments about oreilly Instant Backbone.js Application Development:

    On short notice, I learned how to write an app using Backbone.js thanks to one evening with this book.

    You actually create an app while reading along with the author. As you write the app, the author takes care to explain every line of code that is written. It's not just that the code is explained, but it's the order in which the code is written that helps. It's done logically so that the reader doesn't get thrown too much at once, but also efficiently so that it can be completed in an evening.

    The book assumes you have some experience with JavaScript, as well as the basic concepts behind Model-View-Controller.

    If you want to learn the basics of Backbone.js quickly and effectively, then I highly recommend this book. It's a great start.

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