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Potential gotchas in making a Backbone app
Submitted by Vignesh Nandha Kumar (@vikynandha) on Monday, 22 July 2013
Section: Crisp Talk Technical level: Intermediate
Many things are left to the developer's choice, including wiring up of data and views, handling DOM events, etc. Having worked on backbone since it's early stages, I've tasted quite a lot of such issues.
So, I would like to talk about the most common mistakes and about the best practices to avoid that.
The talk would cover 3 broad issues:
- Zombie views - probably the most popular issue with Backbone.
- Extending routes: Sub-routing, reversing URLs & sharing routes between client and server
- Default error handlers for ajax calls
and a few minor hacks to make the most out of Backbone.
Good understanding of MVC frameworks, at least some experience with Backbone.
I've been working with frontend for over 4 years, now working as the only frontend engineer at Recruiterbox.
I started using backbone more than 2 years back, when it was not so mature. Since then, I've fallen in love with it and used it for a variety of use-cases including a sudoku puzzle app and a large business application. In the course of it, I've extended Backbone heavily.