Backbone.js Blueprints
By Andrew Burgess
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: May 2014
Pages: 256

In Detail

Backbone.js is an open source, JavaScript library that helps you to build sophisticated and structured web apps. It's important to have well-organized frontend code for easy maintenance and extendability. With the Backbone framework, you'll be able to build applications that are a breeze to manage.

In this book, you will discover how to build seven complete web applications from scratch. You'll learn how to use all the components of the Backbone framework individually, and how to use them together to create fully featured applications. In addition, you'll also learn how Backbone thinks so you can leverage it to write the most efficient frontend JavaScript code.

Through this book, you will learn to write good server-side JavaScript to support your frontend applications. This easy-to-follow guide is packed with projects, code, and solid explanations that will give you the confidence to write your own web applications from scratch.


This book is an easy-to-follow guide which is full of examples that will take you through building seven very different web applications with Backbone. The code is broken down into manageable bites and then thoroughly explained.

Who this book is for

If you are ready to learn about building frontend applications in Backbone, this is the book for you. Perhaps you've dipped your toe into Backbone and are ready to take the plunge. Even if you haven't, this book will teach you everything you need to know to build solid frontend apps with Backbone. You'll need to be pretty good at JavaScript and have a working knowledge of HTML and CSS, but other than that, you're good to go!

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    I love the magic of Angular and simplicity, but ultimately for complex SPA, I always return to my favorite framework: Backbone. Its object model (kind of classes), models and collections to easily connect to REST API, make it necessary (it's my belief). But despite its apparent simplicity, Backbone is not always easy to control when you want to make a complete application.

    The whole point of the book is precisely in its examples.

    You'll start by making a small blog with Backbone Express, and you will learn the basics for reading and writing data with a REST API.

    The second example (an application for sharing photos) teach you how to handle authentication with Backbone.

    The third example (a live data dashboard) shows you how to organize your project when it becomes larger. And you will also learn to make a full CRUD application.

    Then you'll be ready to build

    - a calendar with event management,
    - a chat application with and Marionette
    - a podcast application (again with Marionnette) with a nice navigation
    - and finally a words game

    To conclude: when you arrive at the end of this book, you will probably be able to do almost anything with Backbone. I love this kind of teaching by example. And especially when the examples are complete.

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