10 tips for writing maintainable code in Backbone.js

I gave this talk on July 20th, 2015 at Dancing with Marionette.js meetup in New York, NY.

This talk explains some pitfalls, solutions and good practices for common scenarios in Backbone.js. In this talk the audience will learn about Marionette.js, React, Epoxy.js and Sinon.JS and how do they solve problems about performance, memory, productivity and code organization.

Video

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Prerequisites:

  • Backbone.js
  • Design patterns for large-scale javascript
  • Curiosity
  • Opinion

Resources:

marionette-vdom

In January, 2015 I published the marionette-vdom project on GitHub. This project aims to implement Marionette.js views with virtual-dom, in a React similar fashion.

Motivation

One among React’s top-notch features, virtual DOM is gaining momentum in the front-end development community. Since Marionette.js is a formidable and constantly evolving library, why not adding one good thing to another?

A key concern here is ensuring that whatever code implementing virtual DOM features won’t break any existing functionality. That is why we have incorporated the whole test suite from Backbone.js and Marionette.js for the related classes, and all the 163 specs are passing.

Current status

To the date, its version 0.1.2 is implementing VDOM versions for Marionette.ItemView and Marionette.CollectionView. It can be used through node.js, available on NPM.

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Usage

This module exposes VDOMItemView as the VDOM implementation for Marionette.ItemView and VDOMCollectionView for Marionette.CollectionView:

Example

Backbone.js tricks or treats for HTML5DevConf

I gave this talk on October 20th, 2014 at HTML5DevConf in San Francisco, CA, and also on October 9th, 2014 at Backbone.js Hackers meetup also in San Francisco, CA.

This talk explains some pitfalls, solutions and good practices for common scenarios in Backbone.js. In this talk the audience will learn about Marionette.js, React, Epoxy.js and Sinon.JS and how do they solve problems about performance, memory, productivity and code organization.

Slide deck

Prerequisites:

  • Backbone.js
  • Design patterns for large-scale javascript
  • Curiosity
  • Opinion

Resources:

Backbone.js best practices & Marionette.js + Backbone.Subviews/Ba­ckbone.Courier

On October 9th, 2014 I hosted the Backbone.js Hackers meetup in San Francisco, CA at Cloudflare.

Thanks Avenue Code for sponsoring the food and drinks and James Kyle from Cloudflare for arranging the venue!

On this meetup we had 2 talks:

1) David Beck - Modularized Backbone Apps Part 1: Subviews and messaging

This talk is about modularization of the front end into encapsulated, reusable packages, via development of tools such as cartero, backbone.subviews, and backbone.courier.

2) Tiago Garcia - Backbone.js tricks or treats

This talk explains some pitfalls, solutions and good practices for common scenarios in Backbone.js. In this talk the audience will learn about Marionette.js, React.js, Epoxy.js and Sinon.JS and how do they solve problems about performance, memory, productivity and code organization. His slide deck is also available.

Check out Backbone.js best practices & Marionette.js + Backbone.Subviews/Ba­ckbone.Courier.

We are back! Learn about Firebase & Backbone + building a better Backbone.View!

On September 11th, 2014 I hosted the Backbone.js Hackers meetup in San Francisco, CA at Pivotal Labs.

Me and Summer Kim volunteered to revamp this meetup after 1 year of hiatus. Thanks Avenue Code for sponsoring the food and drinks and Jonathon Kresner from AirPair for arranging the venue!

On this meetup we had 2 talks:

1) David East - Building realtime web apps with Firebase and Backbone

Realtime data is more than just a buzz word. It’s the new evolution of the way data is being delivered around the web. In this talk we’ll learn how we can use Firebase to give our apps realtime data. We’ll take a look at why realtime data is difficult to implement and what we can do to make it easier. At the end we’ll do a live coding session where we’ll give a Backbone app realtime powers using Firebase’s BackFire library.

2) RJ Zaworksi - Interop! Building a better Backbone.View

Let’s admit it: there are better tools than Backbone for UI development. While projects like Marionette, Thorax, and Stickit help smooth some rough edges, independent libraries like react.js offer a compelling alternative. In this conversation, we’ll explore opportunities for matching Backbone’s strengths as a data layer with the power of modern UI frameworks.

Check out We are back! Learn about Firebase & Backbone + building a better Backbone.View!.

Backbone.js tricks or treats

On March 20th, 2014 I gave this talk at Avenue Code in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil. This talk explains some pitfalls, solutions and good practices for common scenarios in Backbone.js. In this talk the audience will learn about Marionette.js, Epoxy.js and Sinon.JS and how do they solve problems about performance, memory, productivity and code organization.

Slide deck

Prerequisites:

  • Backbone.js
  • Design patterns for large-scale javascript
  • Curiosity

Resources: