Let’s clear out the reason for such a spread, see what backbone.js does and determine the cases, where the library will provide benefits being used for web app development, and where some other library (or framework) is better to be chosen.
As you see, the positive aspects are obvious.
Now, let’s take a closer look at Backbone.
A library in programming is a set of subprograms or objects used in software development.
Example of Backbone.js Usage: Groupon.com
Backbone belongs to libraries of MVC type. Therefore we suggest clearing out, what MVC is: the pattern applied to create applications (Model + View + Controller).
In what way does MVC work?
Upon receiving the data from the model, the view displays them for the user.
The pattern sets no fixed relationship between the data and their presentation. That is, the same data can be displayed, for example, in the form of text, a table, a diagram – depending on the user’s action and the way controller interprets them.
This is a brief description, in fact, the process can be implemented in many ways, but we will not go further into details. Instead, we turn back to Backbone.js.
Example of Backbone.js Usage: WordPress.org
All the data are presented on the client side in the form of models. They can be created, deleted, validated, and stored on the server. Such data operations are triggered through changing the model attribute in the interface.
The view receives information about the model (data) change and changes, accordingly. Thereby the presentation is modified in every place, where the model appears in the app.
Every view can be updated independently of the others since it is based on a specific model. And such views collectively form the interface of your application.
The router in Backbone.js provides for routing methods on the client side. In simple words, the router is in charge of the way the app will change with altering URL in the browser.
For more detailed information on the library, its classes and functions and tutorial visit its official site Backbone.js.
The main task of this library is to organize the client part of your application in a logical way and to synchronize the changes with the server part.
Backbone.js offers certain advantages:
Some data for other frameworks and libraries to compare:
“Hidden pitfalls” for those, who use Backbone.js:
Whether the library will be effective for developing your app, depends on the app specific features, and developers’ experience and qualification.
Based on the above description, the takeaway offers itself.
The library can be used in the following cases:
You shall admit that it will never come into your mind to use a complex automatic device to hammer a nail if you have a hammer at hand.
In this context, the larger frameworks (Angular, React, etc.) give less freedom of action, and the main point here is to be able to use this freedom in a right way.
Example of Backbone.js Usage: Airbnb.com
Backbone.js has been applied for several years already (since 2010) and has quite successfully proved its benefits. On the other hand, technologies do not stand still; new libraries and frameworks appear. This variety of choice has both its pros (you can always search for the best variant) and cons (you risk to get stuck in endless comparisons of various toolsets).
The key takeaway:
Any library and framework shall be used for the purposes it is intended for.
Knockout.js – used to create complex user interfaces, where various browsers support is significant.
View.js – used to automatically create interactive interfaces.
Angular.js – specializes in single-page applications (provides easier navigation and optimizes user experience).
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