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What is Backbone.js?

Backbone supplies structure to JavaScript-heavy applications by providing models key-value binding and custom events, collections with a rich API of enumerable functions, views with declarative event handling, and connects it all to your existing application over a RESTful JSON interface.
Backbone.js is a tool in the Javascript MVC Frameworks category of a tech stack.
Backbone.js is an open source tool with 27.5K GitHub stars and 5.7K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Backbone.js's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Backbone.js?

Companies
1066 companies use Backbone.js in their tech stacks, including reddit, Coursera, and SendGrid.

Developers
213 developers use Backbone.js.

Backbone.js Integrations

Firebase, Sentry, Marionette, JScrambler, and Chaplin are some of the popular tools that integrate with Backbone.js. Here's a list of all 9 tools that integrate with Backbone.js.

Why developers like Backbone.js?

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Backbone.js Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Backbone.js in their tech stack.

Dan Robinson
Dan Robinson
at Heap, Inc. · | 18 upvotes · 41K views
atHeap
MobX
React
TypeScript
Marionette
Backbone.js
jQuery
#TemplatingLanguagesExtensions
#JavascriptMvcFrameworks
#Libraries
#JavascriptUiLibraries

The front end for Heap begun to grow unwieldy. The original jQuery pieces became difficult to maintain and scale, and a decision was made to introduce Backbone.js, Marionette, and TypeScript. Ultimately this ended up being a “detour” in the search for a scalable and maintainable front-end solution. The system did allow for developers to reuse components efficiently, but adding features was a difficult process, and it eventually became a bottleneck in advancing the product.

Today, the Heap product consists primarily of a customer-facing dashboard powered by React, MobX, and TypeScript on the front end. We wrote our migration to React and MobX in detail last year here.

#JavascriptUiLibraries #Libraries #JavascriptMvcFrameworks #TemplatingLanguagesExtensions

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Marcos Iglesias
Marcos Iglesias
Sr. Software Engineer at Eventbrite · | 13 upvotes · 20.5K views
atEventbrite
React
Redux
Flux
Marionette
Backbone.js

We are in the middle of a change of the stack on the front end. So we used Backbone.js with Marionette. Then we also created our own implementation of a Flux kind of flow. We call it eb-flux. We have worked with Marionette for a long time. Then at some point we start evolving and end up having a kind of Redux.js-style architecture, but with Marionette.

But then maybe one and a half years ago, we started moving into React and that's why we created the Eventbrite design system. It's a really nice project that probably could be open sourced. It's a library of components for our React components.

With the help of that library, we are building our new stack with React and sometimes Redux when it's necessary.

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Marcos Iglesias
Marcos Iglesias
Sr. Software Engineer at Eventbrite · | 13 upvotes · 4K views
atEventbrite
Backbone.js
JavaScript
Britecharts

Britecharts was created from the point of view of just using it as a JavaScript-agnostic library. That worked really well with our Backbone.js builds. We just use a render and initialize all the stuff there.

Now moving into React, we have the necessity of actually moving Britecharts into React land. That's something we're gonna start working on. That is a wrapper of our Britecharts in order to be used with React. And we are really excited about that.

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benroeder
benroeder
Backbone.js

When the data request returns, Backbone.js gets busy. The idea with Backbone is that we render each Model that comes down from the server with a View, and then Backbone provides an easy way to:

1) Watch for DOM events within the HTML generated by the View and tie those to methods on the corresponding Model, which re-syncs with the server

2) Watch the model for changes, and re-render the model’s HTML block to reflect them

Neat! Using that general approach, we get a fairly regular, comprehensible, and maintainable client. We custom-built a client-side Model cache to handle updates and simplify client-side Model reuse. Backbone.js

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Evan Owen
Evan Owen
VP of Engineering at Zinc · | 1 upvotes · 1.6K views
atZinc
Backbone.js

All of our web apps are built using BackboneJS. Keeps our code clean and organized, and keeps the page refreshing to a minimum! Backbone.js

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Backbone.js

Used Backbone.js as the JavaScript framework for creating this Single Page Application. With our data exposed as RESTful API's, Backbone's collections consumes them and provides the data to the Backbone's view for it's use in rendering. Backbone.js

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Backbone.js Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Backbone.js?
Vue.js
Vue.js is a library for building interactive web interfaces. It provides data-reactive components with a simple and flexible API.
React
Lots of people use React as the V in MVC. Since React makes no assumptions about the rest of your technology stack, it's easy to try it out on a small feature in an existing project.
AngularJS
AngularJS lets you write client-side web applications as if you had a smarter browser. It lets you use good old HTML (or HAML, Jade and friends!) as your template language and lets you extend HTML’s syntax to express your application’s components clearly and succinctly. It automatically synchronizes data from your UI (view) with your JavaScript objects (model) through 2-way data binding.
Angular 2
Angular is a development platform for building mobile and desktop web applications.
Backbone.js
Backbone supplies structure to JavaScript-heavy applications by providing models key-value binding and custom events, collections with a rich API of enumerable functions, views with declarative event handling, and connects it all to your existing application over a RESTful JSON interface.
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