What is BackboneJS?

BackboneJS is a JavaScript library that is designed with a RESTful JSON interface and is entirely based on the MVP (Model View Presenter) software application design paradigm. BackboneJS is known for its being a lightweight library, as its only main dependency is on one JavaScript library, which is Underscore.js, together with jQuery for use of the full functions of the library. Backbone JS  was designed for building single-page web applications, and for ensuring that several parts of the web application (e.g. multiple clients and the server) are synchronized.

BackboneJS was developed by Jeremy Ashkenas, who is also known for developing CoffeeScript and Underscore.js. When managing and handling the DOM elements Backbone.js comes with an imperative programming style, in contrast with a declarative software development style (which is commonly seen in AngularJS by using data-attributes).

Trying to provide the minimal set of data-structuring (which are models and collections) with user interface (which are views and URLs)", this leaves to the developer the choice of making use of extensions for added and more enhanced functionalities. For example, a software developer can make use of nested views with Backbone Layout Manager or model-view binding with ReSTbasis.

Backbone.js offers data structure to web applications by offering models with key-value binding and custom application events, together with a collection of a rich API of enumerable functions views with declarative  handling of events, and it connects it all to your existing API over a RESTful JSON interface.

With BackboneJS, you can represent your data as Models, which can be created, validated, destroyed, and sent to be saved on the server. Whenever a UI action triggers an attribute of a model to change, the model then triggers a "change" event, all the Views that present the model's state can be alerted of the change so that they are able to act accordingly, updating themselves with the new information. In a completed BackboneJS app, you would not have to write the glue code that goes into the DOM to find an element with a specific attribute or ID, and update the HTML manually  when the model changes, the views simply update the DOM themselves.

Features of BackboneJS?

The following is a list of the most popular features of BackboneJS:

1. BackboneJS allows software developers to develop a single-page applications and its equivalent front-end much faster and easier and better using JavaScript functions.

2. Backbone presents developers with different types of building blocks such as models, views, routers, event’s, and collections for developing client-side web applications.

3. In BackboneJS when the application model changes, it instantly updates the HTML DOM elements of your application.

4. BackboneJS is a simple JavaScript library that is used to separate web application business and user interface logic.

5. BackboneJS is a free and open-source JavaScript library and it contains over 100 available modules and extensions.

6. BackboneJS simplifies and organizes your code. It simply acts as a backbone for your web app projects.

7. BackboneJS handles the data model which is made up of the user data and presents that data at the server-side with the same format that was written at the client-side.

8. BackboneJS has a soft dependency with jQuery framework and a hard dependency with UnderscoreJS

9. Backbone.js allows software developers to develop client-side web applications or mobile applications in a well organized, and structured format.

Benefits of BackboneJS

There are lots of benefits of BackboneJS and some of them are:

1. BackboneJS allows you to sync your client-side with the back-end.

2. BackboneJS allows for an event-driven communication.

3. BackboneJS presents  you with better code maintainability by following best practices conventions.

4. BackboneJS presents your application with an event-driven communication mechanism.


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