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Backbone.js vs Ionic: What are the differences?

Developers describe Backbone.js as "Give your JS App some Backbone with Models, Views, Collections, and Events". 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. On the other hand, Ionic is detailed as "A beautiful front-end framework for developing cross-platform apps with web technologies like Angular and React". Free and open source, Ionic offers a library of mobile and desktop-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components for building highly interactive apps. Use with Angular, React, Vue, or plain JavaScript.

Backbone.js belongs to "Javascript MVC Frameworks" category of the tech stack, while Ionic can be primarily classified under "Cross-Platform Mobile Development".

"Javascript structure", "Models" and "Simple" are the key factors why developers consider Backbone.js; whereas "Allows for rapid prototyping", "Hybrid mobile" and "It's angularjs" are the primary reasons why Ionic is favored.

Backbone.js and Ionic are both open source tools. It seems that Ionic with 38.4K GitHub stars and 13.1K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Backbone.js with 27.5K GitHub stars and 5.72K GitHub forks.

reddit, SendGrid, and Trello are some of the popular companies that use Backbone.js, whereas Ionic is used by Sellsuki, Edify, and eTobb. Backbone.js has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1066 company stacks & 213 developers stacks; compared to Ionic, which is listed in 392 company stacks and 350 developer stacks.

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.

What is Ionic?

Free and open source, Ionic offers a library of mobile and desktop-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components for building highly interactive apps. Use with Angular, React, Vue, or plain JavaScript.
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What are some alternatives to Backbone.js and Ionic?
Vue.js
It 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.
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Angular is a development platform for building mobile and desktop web applications.
Ember.js
A JavaScript framework that does all of the heavy lifting that you'd normally have to do by hand. There are tasks that are common to every web app; It does those things for you, so you can focus on building killer features and UI.
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Decisions about Backbone.js and Ionic
Dan Robinson
Dan Robinson
at Heap, Inc. · | 18 upvotes · 109K views
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MobX
MobX
React
React
TypeScript
TypeScript
Marionette
Marionette
Backbone.js
Backbone.js
jQuery
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 · 45.9K views
atEventbrite-0Eventbrite-0
React
React
Redux
Redux
Flux
Flux
Marionette
Marionette
Backbone.js
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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Reviews of Backbone.js and Ionic
Review ofIonicIonic

great framework,lots of resources,great community,easy to create UI

How developers use Backbone.js and Ionic
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Trello uses Backbone.jsBackbone.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.

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Instacart uses Backbone.jsBackbone.js

The main web store is a Backbone.js single page web application, and so it hits API endpoints to do all the calls, and we use those same API endpoints for the consumer iPhone app, the consumer Android app, and the consumer mobile web app. It worked out really nicely, us just building one API and just all these clients, including the web client, using that.

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Tarun Singh uses Backbone.jsBackbone.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.

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RocketFuel uses Backbone.jsBackbone.js

Major part of our UI application uses Backbone models and views extensively. Though there's a plan to migrate to React and Redux.

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Zinc uses Backbone.jsBackbone.js

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

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Pascal Malbranche uses IonicIonic

We use Ionic as it is an awesome framework to build mobile hybrid apps with nativ access. Also Ionic has a nice community!

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Christian Bryant uses IonicIonic

Cross-Platform goodness. I am a noob here...learning how to implement Ionic is on the top of my ToDo's

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papaver uses IonicIonic

used on a recent project, an internal custom app developed for both ios and android.

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Grupo Gamma Peninsular, SA de CV uses IonicIonic

Desarrollo de aplicaciones multi-plataforma con HTML5, JavaScript y CSS3

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AmericanBibleSociety uses IonicIonic

We have plans to employ this frontend framework in future apps.

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