As the competition between web and mobile application development entrepreneurs stiffens, the demand for developing flawless application that “ticks” with the right audience surmounts to an all-time high. Users demand flexible and simple applications highlighting usability to the fore-front; implying that the interface of any application has to be user-friendly. To make the entire user experience effortless, developers need to do a lot of brain storming and integrate complex technology in the background. The latest emphasis is to develop structured web applications with lesser response time and capacity to accommodate a huge number of users simultaneously without any delay.

What is Backbone.js?

backboneJSIn a continuous effort to build applications that are efficient, a new entrant by the name of Backbone.JS lands in the arena of  frameworks  such as  Derby.js, Meteor.js, Knockout.js, Ember.js, Angular.js, and Spine.js.  Developers understand the need for producing JS applications that are fully capacitated to produce expected results. Backbone.js is a client side front-end framework that allows developers to manage their code and develop efficient single-page web applications.

Released only recently, Backbone.js 1.0 has become a popular JavaScript model/view library for a number of single-page web applications such as USA Today, Rdio and Airbnb.

Backbone.js constituents of three building blocks:

  • Models

The sheer brilliance of Backbone.js lies in the simple fact that it provides developers model for representing objects. The synchronization functionality in Backbone.js can do wonders as it allows models to automatically synchronize with a remote data source. Apart from this, you can also easily manage and synchronize entire collections of models with a data source.

  • Views

The core feature of any web application is its user interface. With a lot falling on the aesthetic appeal, functionality as well as the technicality of the design; Backbone.js makes sure that the user interfaces constructed through it are manageable with the help of Views. Easily configurable to listen to the change events of the models that they represent, Views help in keeping the user interface updated along with the model and vice versa.

  • Router

The facility of a router is also available that supports navigation within the web application. Typically, applications created with the help of Backbone.js are single-page interfaces. However, through a router you can bookmark URLs that can be used by the browser’s back button for navigation. The router available in Backbone.js allows navigation with the help of HTML5’s new history API that falls back to a URL hash when not supported.

Backbone.js version 1.0 is all new and improved!

Comparing previous versions of Backbone.js with the latest one, there are some noteworthy features available in the Backbone.js 1.0. The 0.9 series versions lacked the capacity of bulk updating collections, and automatic decoding of encoded URL segments etc to name a few. The newer and improved version of Backbone.js provides intelligent methods for updating collections in bulk and even has new listenTo and stopListening methods for event emitters. The hassle of model validation to occur immediately as soon as the properties were set is also taken care of. Now the model validation is postponed until the model is saved.

Many developers may seem weary in opting towards the new Backbone.js 1.0 version because of the latest updates in some of the technical features. However, developers are promised ease of use in moving from an older version to the very latest as the upgrades are very seamless in nature.

The future looks promising

The future for Backbone.js seems extremely promising when the recent launch of 1.0 version ended with an open invitation for newer ideas. Backbone.js in its essential core is developed to minimize the data structures and user interface primitives particularly used in developing web-based applications with JavaScript. Developers all over the world are implored to join the search for finding new methods to ensure the viability of techniques and methods used in Backbone.js so that it continues to remain one of the pioneers in developing effective and efficient web applications.

As the efforts for establishing an ideal framework that is impeccable in terms of look and feel as well as default behavior continue, backbone.js remains to be one a front-runner by allowing developers a sense of freedom in designing enriched web applications.