I don’t know about you, but backbone.js always left me crave for more. It’s the simplicity of it that makes me want to learn how others are using it to solve real world problems. When I’ve started work on Clevertim CRM, which heavily uses backbone.js, I wanted to read about some of the real world problems and their solutions, in order to reuse as much as possible, rather than spend time re-inventing the wheel. In the end, I… Read the rest
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This week I launched an online wedding planner called WeddingDeck. Weddingdeck has backbone in it’s heart. There has been ups and downs while using it, and I wanted today to talk about a couple of stuff that happened to me along the road.
Defining your structure
There is no predefined structure shipped with backbone. Much like jQuery in fact, you kind of have to make your own. Personally I would prefer if there was a preferred structure explained… Read the rest
jQuery Mobile is a great technology, no doubt it can be an integral part of the future like jQuery is today. However even if the 1.0 version is out after more than a year after the alpha has been launched, it still feels like a very young product. There is enough posts and beginner tutorials around the web about the greatness of jQuery mobile. But not so much about the hurdles of jQuery mobile integrated in other systems. Let’s dive… Read the rest
Before using backbone when working with a list of html nodes I always made it my duty to append them only in one big chunk of text. Manipulating the dom is slow, it triggers a reflow of the page, this is costly even on small lists, specially on mobile.
So being not sure what to do with backbone I decided to append each view directly in my container like this.
model.isNew() can be quite useful, this method can be interesting when handling and changing forms behaviors from adding new items, to updating and deleting them. At first I did not quite understand how isNew() was working internally and, one day it just stopped working and that was frustrating!
It’s all about the id
One thing I like to do is prepopulate my fields with defaults values. Backbone has a great feature for that, when instantiating a model you can pass… Read the rest
Just found out a nice article about getting started from scratch on mobile using backbone.js. While normally I would not advocate rolling your own “framework”. I feel like mobile doesn’t need much to get going (at least with droids and iphone) and it can be a good thing to learn how that work since mobile is probably going to be a big part of the future.
Here a part of the article and the link:
Let’s make a collective… Read the rest
Personally the template engine provided with underscore cover most of my use cases and is enough for me, but there is one thing that I have found very unpleasant, you cannot pass undefined keys to it. Here an example:
Yeah that’s a long title, Backbone provides one default url for all your types of request with your models. But what if you want to be able to change your url model that is synching with your api depending of the type of request? Well that’s what we are here to do.
Sync is a nice utility used by backbone when you request your server to sync your model. Each time your request a change, backbone call sync,… Read the rest
One backbone.js behavior that was kind of upsetting me recently is the fact that it re-syncs your model after you save it on the server.
You know, you just set a model you changed, save it on the server in the background and continue your day in your application. Backbone however awaits patiently the response from the server api, and if the response does not correspond with your current model state, it sets the response attributes back to your… Read the rest
There’s been a lot of debate about code organization in the Backbone.js community for some time. It’s a complex problem that does not warrant a universal solution. All applications are not created equal and the reality is that the answer probably consists of a collection of patterns that can be used as necessary given the situation. At the end of the day the goal should be to create a code-base that is easy to understand, implement and maintain.
We here… Read the rest