Backbone.js vs Ionic: What are the differences?
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.
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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.
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.
great framework,lots of resources,great community,easy to create UI
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.
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.
Major part of our UI application uses Backbone models and views extensively. Though there's a plan to migrate to React and Redux.
All of our web apps are built using BackboneJS. Keeps our code clean and organized, and keeps the page refreshing to a minimum!
We use Ionic as it is an awesome framework to build mobile hybrid apps with nativ access. Also Ionic has a nice community!
Cross-Platform goodness. I am a noob here...learning how to implement Ionic is on the top of my ToDo's
used on a recent project, an internal custom app developed for both ios and android.