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Backbone.js Cookbook [Kindle Edition]

Vadim Mirgorod
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There is no doubt that the superior rendering power of HTML5, thin-to-thick client transition and REST style communication created a new era in web development, replacing the outdated approach based on browser plugin technologies. Backone.js allows developers to write lightweight, modular, and scalable JavaScript applications.

Backbone.js Cookbook contains a series of recipes that provide practical, step-by-step solutions to the problems that may occur during frontend application development using an MVC pattern. You will learn how to build Backbone applications utilizing the power of popular Backbone extensions and integrating your app with different third party libraries. You will also learn how to fulfill the requirements of the most challenging tasks.

The first chapter of the book introduces you to the MVC paradigm and teaches you how to architect rich Internet applications operating with basic concepts of Backbone.js. During the reading of this book you will learn how to solve challenging problems leveraging Backbone objects such as models, collections, views, routers, and so on.

You learn how to use forms, layouts, templating engines, and other Backbone extensions, which will help you to complete specific features of your application. You will understand how to bind a model to a DOM element. You will see how perfectly Backbone.js integrates with third party libraries and frameworks such as jQuery, Zepto, Underscore.js, Require.js, Mustache.js, Twitter Bootstrap, jQueryMobile, PhoneGap and many others. This book will guide you in how to optimize and test your applications, create your own Backbone extensions, and share them with the open source community.

With the help of Backbone.js Cookbook, you will learn everything you need to know to create outstanding rich Internet applications using the JavaScript programming language.


This is a Cookbook with easy-to-follow recipes, containing practical and detailed examples which are all fully backed up with code, illustrations, and tips to dig deep into Backbone.js.

Who this book is for

This book is great for JavaScript developers who want to learn how to build advanced frontend applications with the Backbone.js framework. This book can be used in educational institutions to teach students how to build frontend applications in an MVC manner.

It's assumed that you have some experience in jQuery, and are familiar with HTML.

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About the Author

Vadim Mirgorod

Vadim Mirgorod is a professional web developer and an open source expert, who is passionate about technologies and innovations. He provides the code for the content management system Drupal and maintains several Backbone.js plugins. He is an active community member, who organized IT events in his city and spoke at the international conferences in Chicago, Munich, and Portland. His recent session at DrupalCon Portland was about Backbone.js.

The following are some of the highlights of his career:

  • Presently he is running a company known as CoderBlvd (, which is based in Ukraine. CoderBlvd provides IT outsourcing services for international businesses.
  • (August 2010- August 2013)He worked in Trellon, LLC as a Lead Developer, creating CRM-based systems and web applications, using Drupal and PHP.
  • (July 2009- August 2010)He used to give web development classes, when he was working in Donetsk National Technical University.

You can reach him through his website at or by connecting to his Twitter account @dealancer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2409 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1782162720
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (26 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782162739
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782162735
  • ASIN: B00ESX13HY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #489,230 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kickstart backbone projects 29 Sept. 2013
I'm learning backbone for use in mobile projects. This is a great book, it covers all the practical detail needed to go from the theory of MVC with backbone.js to the practicalities of building apps. The book starts with an explanation of an application structure and builds on it to provide recipes that clearly describe how to approach many of your application design decisions. For example, the recipe on local storage clearly explained the technique to save a model to local storage (you have to save it to it's collection first). I highly recommend this book for anyone developing backbone.js projects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BB cooking 11 April 2014
By Tendai
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Really good if you have had a primer somewhere. It is as it says "cook book". Good for reference. Lots of example code
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes to cook some backbone apps in here 24 Oct. 2013
By E. Leon - Published on
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When I was looking for examples in backbone I found one that did not help me much and it was short, until this recipes book came out, I like the way it starts in chapter one with a full app sample and explained step by step, that was a start for me to dive in for more.
What I like about this book is how the author dives in one each of the example, running trough each line of code makes easy to understand what's going and figure out what to do in a next project if a piece is not need at that moment. The recipes are real problem solve experience building an app which help me to develop my skill while experience/reviewing each code (book comes with the source code which you can download and play with of course) It's a book where can come back any time and find one or two tips for your project until you become more experienced in backbone, Models, Collections,Views, Routers and, Events, Templates are cover in each chapter which makes it easy to find for a solution. My favorite chapter are Rest and Storage, and Special Techniques as I learned backbone while building and web app, book came so handy. I was not very happy with the use of plugins as I want it to understand plain backbone and maybe see how to handle in some cases with out a library which I think is posible (not in all the plugin samples though) at first but yet it became handy later on as some times use this book or the code as reference now.
If practice makes you stronger this book should be in your shelf or digital reader as the book contains many sample in backbone that can help you understand
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on a difficult subject 9 Feb. 2014
By Brian R. Jewell - Published on
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I didn't like it at first, because I don't like technical books where the author uses a single programming example and carries it throughout the entire book. The reason being, if you don't understand one part of the program, it becomes difficult to understand subsequent examples of the same program that are used later in the book.

However, after my understanding of backbone.js got a little farther along, I went back to using the book again and realized the author had done a masterful job of breaking down the various backbone.js objects and showing numerous examples of how to use each one. So, I realized that this really was a "cookbook".

Now, I refer to the book all the time as I work towards understanding backbone.js. I would recommend this book to anyone trying to understand the latest front-end JS technologies!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cut to the chase 1 Nov. 2013
By AlexA - Published on
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Nothing gets you up to speed quicker than an bunch of clear, practical examples. And that's what this book is. It shows you idioms in a practical context. Very useful and easy to follow.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth to read 18 Dec. 2014
By alexkenny - Published on
This book was one of set we bought to learn this amazing framework.
It is not for rookies in JS, I think you should have minimal JavaScript/HTML knowledge to understand this book and the library.
Topics coverage are very clear and enough to understand the Backbone principles and patterns.
There os only one suggestion to author - make source examples a bit simpler. They were a bit complex for me because I am new in binding and models. Of course it's easier to understand if you have already some experience with any other binding framework.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good information but loaded with typos 20 Dec. 2013
By MARC L CURRY - Published on
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There were some major typos in both content and code examples. I wouldn't mind these in a cheap kindle edition, but for the price would expect some level of proofreading.
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