Building Applications Using the backbone.khs Framework Extension

John Boardman BackboneJS, JavaScript, Node.js, Technology Snapshot Leave a Comment

Backbone is a very powerful application development framework. However, it can be a little “close to the metal” in terms of how much work is needed to produce a working application with it. I see Backbone as a low level framework that could use some help in making it a bit easier and faster to use.

Keyhole has released an extension to help! The backbone.khs framework extension npm module (available by clicking the link) does its best to minimize the work necessary to get a Backbone application up and running.

The extension makes it easier to deal with:
• browser history
• root level non-Model Object implementation
• caching
• session support
• regions (which break pages up into more workable segments)
• a top-level Application object to manage the application
• modules to help with page and URL routing
• a Backbone View extension to seamlessly integrate Backbone Stickit and make Marionette templates easier
• a Collection View to enhance working with groups of items.

In this blog, I’ll describe these enhancements with some code examples…



An Introduction To Underscore.js

Nick Brown BackboneJS, JavaScript, Technology Snapshot Leave a Comment

Underscore is a JavaScript utility library with many useful functions to handle common programming use cases. In this blog, I discuss some of the more useful functions I have found inside of Underscore. Some of the benefits are less apparent in smaller and simpler code chunks. But, as the complexity of the code increases, this is where Underscore really shines as the useful toolbox that it is…



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BackboneJS with Webpack: A lesson in optimization

Brandon Klimek BackboneJS, JavaScript, Microservices, Technology Snapshot 2 Comments

Developing a large BackboneJS application presents a unique design problem. As developers, we like to organize our code so it is understandable, logical, and predictable. However, doing so can cause performance issues on the client side. In this blog I will discuss a handy tool I like to use for this purpose: Webpack. I’ll show it in action, how to use …



Becoming a Better Full-Stack Developer: Switching from Back to Front

Chris Shatrov BackboneJS, HTML5, JavaScript, Technology Snapshot 3 Comments

After getting my degree, I was hired as a back-end developer at one of the largest corporations in Kansas City. I was able to gain good experience working for this company. However, after a certain time, it started to feel like I worked as a factory conveyor, doing redundant tasks without the possibility to expand my knowledgebase. The longer I …



Choosing a JavaScript Framework [Infographic]

Keyhole Software AngularJS, BackboneJS, JavaScript Leave a Comment

In this week’s blog, we’d like to present to you an informative infographic that compares some of the aspects of AngularJS, Backbone.js and Ember. Sometimes half the battle is determining which JavaScript frameworks are the best fit for the specific needs of your single-page application. These are three technologies that we at Keyhole have quite a bit of experience with …