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.

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Prerequisites:

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

Resources:

From Backbone to React + Vagrant & Node & Backbone & RequireJS

On February 12th, 2015 I hosted the Backbone.js Hackers meetup in San Francisco, CA at Place.

Thanks Avenue Code for sponsoring the food and drinks and Chengyin Liu from Place for arranging the venue!

On this meetup we had 2 talks:

1) Doron Segal - Vagrant + Node + Backbone + RequireJS showcase

This talk is a showcase about how these technologies play along in a effective way: Vagrant + Node + Backbone + RequireJS.

2) Chengyin Liu - From Backbone to React: Our Experiences

Since June last year, Place (formerly Backplane) has used React to build a platform for online communities. Instead of taking 2 months off to rewrite our system, we incrementally migrated our stack from Backbone to React. We would like to share our experience to help Backbone developers to start with React.

Check out From Backbone to React + Vagrant & Node & Backbone & RequireJS.

You can also watch the videos for slides and speakers.

Stateless UIs with React + Flux with Backbone & Multiple Inheritance with Mixins

On January 15th, 2015 I hosted the Backbone.js Hackers meetup in San Francisco, CA at Brandcast.

Thanks Avenue Code for sponsoring the food and drinks and Dan Lynch from Brandcast for arranging the venue!

On this meetup we had 2 talks:

1) Hao Liu - Backbone View Multiple Inheritance Through Mixins

Backbone provides a convenient way to subclass your view through single inheritance. However, it does not prescribe a way to extend your view with properties from multiple superclasses, i.e. multiple inheritance. In this presentation we are going to discuss how to achieve multiple inheritance through view mixins, and demonstrate how it can be implemented as a framework.

2) Jordan Garcia - Writing Stateless UIs with React + Flux

Easier testability, quicker development and code that’s easier to reason about are just some of the benefits of writing stateless UIs. This session will deep dive into the core concepts of Flux Architecture and how it partners with ReactJS. Finally we will demonstrate how these concepts can be applied to your Backbone application to achieve a highly decoupled View layer.

Check out Stateless UIs with React + Flux with Backbone & Multiple Inheritance with Mixins.

You can also watch the Video.

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!.