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…



Taking A Mixed Approach To Single-Page Applications

Chris Berry AngularJS, JavaScript, Problem Solving, Single-Page Application, Technology Snapshot Leave a Comment

A coworker came to me with a problem. The client he was working with would be building hundreds of single-page applications and all would need to be tied into a single shell application. He had first attempted to use an iFrame contained within another single-page application to display the child applications.

While this worked, he came up against another requirement: the child applications may or may not need access to data from the parent shell application.

It was at this point he came to me for suggestions. I had been playing with this exact idea for sometime; how can you manage a collection of Single-Page Applications and still share data between them?

At this point, I decided to create a hybrid solution of mixing Single-Page Applications with a server-rendered shell application. The following is the process I took for creating this solution, highlighting some of the pain points with some suggestions for further enhancements.



NPM

Automate your front-end development environment with npm

Joseph Post JavaScript, Technology Snapshot, Tutorial Leave a Comment

For JavaScript development, there are more build tools than you know what to do with. The non-verbal utterance category contains the two most popular ones, Grunt, and Gulp. Then you have your food-related tools, like Brunch, Mimosa and Broccoli. You’ve got fancy new hot stuff like fly. Then there’s classic make-like tools like Cake, Jake and ShellJS’s make. Some folks just …