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Developing Backbone.js Applications

If you want to build your site’s frontend with the single-page application (SPA) model, this hands-on book shows you how to get the job done with Backbone.js. You’ll learn how to create structured JavaScript applications, using Backbone’s own flavor of model-view-controller (MVC) architecture.

Start with the basics of MVC, SPA, and Backbone, then get your hands dirty building sample applications—a simple Todo list app, a RESTful book library app, and a modular app with Backbone and RequireJS. Author Addy Osmani, an engineer for Google’s Chrome team, also demonstrates advanced uses of the framework.

  • Learn how Backbone.js brings MVC benefits to the client-side
  • Write code that can be easily read, structured, and extended
  • Work with the Backbone.Marionette and Thorax extension frameworks
  • Solve common problems you’ll encounter when using Backbone.js
  • Organize your code into modules with AMD and RequireJS
  • Paginate data for your Collections with the Backbone.Paginator plugin
  • Bootstrap a new Backbone.js application with boilerplate code
  • Use Backbone with jQuery Mobile and resolve routing problems between the two
  • Unit-test your Backbone apps with Jasmine, QUnit, and SinonJS

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Fundamentals
Chapter 3. Backbone Basics
Chapter 4. Exercise 1: Todos—Your First Backbone.js App
Chapter 5. Exercise 2: Book Library—Your First RESTful Backbone.js App
Chapter 6. Backbone Extensions
Chapter 7. Common Problems and Solutions
Chapter 8. Modular Development
Chapter 9. Exercise 3: Your First Modular Backbone and RequireJS App
Chapter 10. Paginating Backbone.js Requests and Collections
Chapter 11. Backbone Boilerplate and Grunt-BBB
Chapter 12. Backbone and jQuery Mobile
Chapter 13. Jasmine
Chapter 14. QUnit
Chapter 15. SinonJS
Chapter 16. Conclusions

Appendix A. Further Learning
Appendix B. Resources

Book Details

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media (May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449328253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449328252
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