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Practical Backbone Patterns

Practical Backbone Patterns

In this presentation, I cover a few of the things that I find myself doing over and over again in any Backbone code that I work with.

There are a couple of points I want to stress:

- Sometimes you may not even need a Javascript framework. Maybe just use Javascript and see how far you get without it!

- Lots of small classes that are easily testable make for fun programming

- Avoid single page apps unless you have a good reason too. Can you really justify it? Do your customers care? Zendesk is a good example of a single page app. Its the kind of thing you have open all day. Great use.

- Think about passing a template as an option to the class your building. What if you were responsible for the UI - not it. (check out the autocompletor link below)

- If you need to attach existing behaviour to a page with a Backbone View - checkout the ProxyView (check the link below)

Here are the links to the code I open sourced along with this presentation:


The presentation git repo is here:



Keith Pitt

March 13, 2013

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