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Backbone.js vs Marionette: What are the differences?

Backbone.js: 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; Marionette: Make your Backbone applications dance. Marionette brings an application architecture to Backbone, along with built in view management and memory management. Backbone.Marionette is a composite application library for Backbone.js that aims to simplify the construction of large scale JavaScript applications. It is a collection of common design and implementation patterns found in applications.

Backbone.js and Marionette can be categorized as "Javascript MVC Frameworks" tools.

"Javascript structure" is the top reason why over 136 developers like Backbone.js, while over 19 developers mention "Uses Backbone" as the leading cause for choosing Marionette.

Backbone.js and Marionette are both open source tools. Backbone.js with 27.5K GitHub stars and 5.7K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Marionette with 7.15K GitHub stars and 1.35K GitHub forks.

Uber Technologies, Pinterest, and LinkedIn are some of the popular companies that use Backbone.js, whereas Marionette is used by Zinc, Sonarr, and Kayako. Backbone.js has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1066 company stacks & 217 developers stacks; compared to Marionette, which is listed in 35 company stacks and 9 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 Marionette?

It is a JavaScript library with a RESTful JSON interface and is based on the Model–view–presenter application design paradigm. Backbone is known for being lightweight, as its only hard dependency is on one JavaScript library, Underscore.js, plus jQuery for use of the full library.
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    What are some alternatives to Backbone.js and Marionette?
    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.
    Angular 2
    It is a TypeScript-based open-source web application framework. It 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 Marionette
    Dan Robinson
    Dan Robinson
    at Heap, Inc. · | 18 upvotes · 155.7K views
    atHeapHeap
    jQuery
    jQuery
    Backbone.js
    Backbone.js
    Marionette
    Marionette
    TypeScript
    TypeScript
    React
    React
    MobX
    MobX
    #JavascriptUiLibraries
    #Libraries
    #JavascriptMvcFrameworks
    #TemplatingLanguagesExtensions

    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 · 85.3K views
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    Backbone.js
    Backbone.js
    Marionette
    Marionette
    Flux
    Flux
    Redux
    Redux
    React
    React

    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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    How developers use Backbone.js and Marionette
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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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    Ascendify uses MarionetteMarionette

    Backbone.Marionette is a composite application library for Backbone.js that aims to simplify the construction of large scale JavaScript applications.

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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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