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1. Lightweight Django: Using REST, WebSockets, and Backbone (2014)

How can you take advantage of the Django framework to integrate complex client-side interactions and real-time features into your web applications? Through a series of rapid application development projects, this hands-on book shows experienced Django developers how to include REST APIs, WebSockets, and client-side MVC frameworks such as Backbone.js into new or existing projects.

Learn how to make the most of Django’s decoupled design by choosing the components you need to build the lightweight applications you want. Once you finish this book, you’ll know how to build single-page applications that respond to interactions in real time. If you’re familiar with Python and JavaScript, you’re good to go.

  • Learn a lightweight approach for starting a new Django project
  • Break reusable applications into smaller services that communicate with one another
  • Create a static, rapid prototyping site as a scaffold for websites and applications
  • Build a REST API with django-rest-framework
  • Learn how to use Django with the Backbone.js MVC framework
  • Create a single-page web application on top of your REST API
  • Integrate real-time features with WebSockets and the Tornado networking library
  • Use the book’s code-driven examples in your own projects

Author(s): Julia Elman, Mark Lavin

2. Developing Backbone.js Applications: Building Better JavaScript Applications (2013)

If you want to build your site’s frontend with the single-page application (SPA) model, this hands-on book shows you how to get the job done with Backbone.js. You’ll learn how to create structured JavaScript applications, using Backbone’s own flavor of model-view-controller (MVC) architecture.

Start with the basics of MVC, SPA, and Backbone, then get your hands dirty building sample applications—a simple Todo list app, a RESTful book library app, and a modular app with Backbone and RequireJS. Author Addy Osmani, an engineer for Google’s Chrome team, also demonstrates advanced uses of the framework.

  • Learn how Backbone.js brings MVC benefits to the client-side
  • Write code that can be easily read, structured, and extended
  • Work with the Backbone.Marionette and Thorax extension frameworks
  • Solve common problems you’ll encounter when using Backbone.js
  • Organize your code into modules with AMD and RequireJS
  • Paginate data for your Collections with the Backbone.Paginator plugin
  • Bootstrap a new Backbone.js application with boilerplate code
  • Use Backbone with jQuery Mobile and resolve routing problems between the two
  • Unit-test your Backbone apps with Jasmine, QUnit, and SinonJS

Author(s): Addy Osmani

3. Node.js, MongoDB, and AngularJS Web Development (Developer’s Library) (2014)

Node.js, MongoDB and AngularJS Web Development

The definitive guide to building using the MEAN stack to build web applications

Also known as the MEAN stack, Node.js, MongoDB, and AngularJS are three new web development technologies that together provide an easy to implement, fully integrated web development stack. Node.js is a leading server-side programming environment, MongoDB is the most popular NoSQL database, and AngularJS is quickly becoming the leading framework for MVC-based front-end development. Together they allow web programmers to create high-performance sites and applications built completely in JavaScript, from server to client.

Node.js, MongoDB and AngularJS Web Development  is a complete guide for web programmers who want to integrate these three technologies into full working solutions. It begins with concise, crystal-clear tutorials on each of the three technologies and then quickly moves on to building several common web applications.

Readers will learn how to use Node.js and MongoDB to build more scalable, high-performance sites, how to leverage AngularJS's innovative MVC approach to structure more effective pages and applications, and how to use all three together to deliver outstanding next-generation Web solutions.

  • Implement a highly scalable and dynamic web server using Node.js and Express
  • Build server-side web services in JavaScript
  • Implement a MongoDB data store for your web applications
  • Access and interact with MongoDB from Node.js JavaScript code
  • Define static and dynamic web routes and implement server-side scripts to support them
  • Implement Express in Node.js
  • Create Jade templates
  • Define your own custom AngularJS directives that extend the HTML language
  • Implement client-side services that can interact with the Node.js web server
  • Build dynamic browser views that provide rich user interaction
  • Add authenticated user accounts to your web applications
  • Add nested comment components to your web pages
  • Build an end-to-end shopping cart

Contents at a Glance

Part I: Getting Started

1 Introducing the Node.js-to-AngularJS Stack

2 JavaScript Primer

Part II: Learning Node.js

3 Getting Started with Node.js

4 Using Events, Listeners, Timers, and Callbacks in Node.js

5 Handling Data I/O in Node.js

6 Accessing the File System from Node.js

7 Implementing HTTP Services in Node.js

8 Implementing Socket Services in Node.js

9 Scaling Applications Using Multiple Processors in Node.js

10 Using Additional Node.js Modules

Part III: Learning MongoDB

11 Understanding NoSQL and MongoDB

12 Getting Started with MongoDB

13 Getting Started with MongoDB and Node.js

14 Manipulating MongoDB Documents from Node.js

15 Accessing MongoDB Documents from Node.js

16 Using Mongoose for Structured Schema and Validation

17 Advanced MongoDB Concepts

Part IV: Using Express to Make Life Easier

18 Implementing Express in Node.js

19 Implementing Express Middleware

Part V: Learning AngularJS

20 Getting Started with AngularJS

21 Understanding AngularJS Modules and Dependency Injection

22 Implementing the Scope as a Data Model

23 Using AngularJS Templates to Create Views

24 Implementing Directives in AngularJS Views

25 Implementing AngularJS Services in Web Applications

Part VI: Building Practical Web Application Components

26 Adding User Accounts to Your Website

27 Adding Comment Threads to Pages

28 Creating Your Own Shopping Cart

29 Building Interactive Web 2.0 Application Components

Author(s): Brad Dayley

4. Full Stack JavaScript: Learn Backbone.js, Node.js and MongoDB (2015)

This is a hands on book which introduces you to agile JavaScript web and mobile software development using the latest cutting edge front end and back end technologies including Node js MongoDB Backbone js Parse com Heroku and Windows Azure Practical examples include building multiple versions of the Chat app jQuery Parse com JS REST API Backbone and Parse com JS SDK Backbone and Node js Backbone and Node js MongoDB The Chat application has all the foundation of a typical web mobile application fetching data displaying it submitting new data Other examples in the book are as follows jQuery Twitter RESP API Tweet Analyzer Parse com Save John MongoDB Print Collections Backbone js Apple Database Monk Express js REST API Server This book will save you many hours by providing a hand picked and tested collection of quick start guides RPJS has practical examples that allow to spend less time learning and more time building your own applications Prototype fast and ship code that matters What You will Learn You should expect a basic understanding from a collection of quick start guides tutorials and suggestions for the devel0pment apps discussed in this book In addition to coding examples the book covers virtually all setup and deployment step by step You ll learn from the examples of Chat web mobile applications starting with front end components and by the end we ll put front end and back end together and deploy to the production environment Who This Book is For The typical programmer who wants to learn more about effective JavaScript coding

Author(s): Azat Mardan

5. Pro Single Page Application Development: Using Backbone.js and ASP.NET (2014)

One of the most important and exciting trends in web development in recent years is the move towards single page applications, or SPAs. Instead of clicking through hyperlinks and waiting for each page to load, the user loads a site once and all the interactivity is handled fluidly by a rich JavaScript front end. If you come from a background in ASP.NET development, you’ll be used to handling most interactions on the server side. Pro Single Page Application Development will guide you through your transition to this powerful new application type.

The book starts in Part I by laying the groundwork for SPA development. You’ll master some JavaScript techniques that will come in useful later on, and get to know the building blocks of a single page application, including modules, routing and MV* frameworks.

In Part II, you’ll build the client for your application. This is where the magic happens, as the authors take you through the process step by step. Backbone.js is the ideal library for demonstrating SPA development in practice, but you can apply the same principles with other frameworks in your future applications. Part III takes you through the process of building the server side of your application using ASP.NET Web API, and hooking up the two parts of your application to create a working whole.

SPA development also comes with its own particular challenges, including tracking history, user interface performance, and how to handle search engine optimization. In the final chapters, the authors guide you through some of these issues and advanced techniques and finish by showing you how to deploy your application. As SPAs become the de facto standard of web application development, the in-depth Pro Single Page Application Development will be your one-stop shop for creating fluid, modern applications on the web.

Author(s): Gil Fink, Ido Flatow

6. Full Stack Web Development with Backbone.js: Scalable Application Design with 100% JavaScript (2014)

Learn how to build a full-stack application with Backbone.js by taking advantage of JavaScript modules, workflow automation, and Backbone’s interface building blocks. With this practical guide, author Patrick Mulder takes experienced backend developers and JavaScript programmers through the steps necessary to create a fully functional single-page application.

Backbone’s rich ecosystem of plugins makes applications easier to design and scale, but knowing which tools to use for your project can be tricky. How do you combine views and the data layer with Backbone, or serve and deploy JavaScript assets? You’ll not only learn the answers to these and many other questions; you’ll also discover Backbone’s vast number of use cases.

  • Get started quickly by using a Backbone.js and Browserify
  • Track state and organize data with Backbone models and collections
  • Capture events from users by using views and manipulating the DOM
  • Combine Backbone views with advanced HTML templates
  • Use Backbone to browse remote data sources from an API
  • Authenticate and authorize client-side interactions
  • Build a backend API with Node.js and Restify
  • Set up workflow automation with Bower, Grunt, Yeoman, and RequireJS

Author(s): Patrick Mulder

7. Node.js, MongoDB and Angular Web Development: The definitive guide to using the MEAN stack to build web applications (2nd Edition) (Developer’s Library) (2017)

Node.js, MongoDB and Angular Web Development

The definitive guide to using the MEAN stack to build web applications

Node.js is a leading server-side programming environment, MongoDB is the most popular NoSQL database, and Angular is the leading framework for MVC-based front-end development. Together, they provide an easy-to-implement, fully integrated web development stack that allows web programmers to create high-performance sites and applications built completely in JavaScript, from server to client.

Updated for Angular 2, Angular 4, and subsequent versions, this new edition of Node.js, MongoDB and Angular Web Development shows you how to integrate these three technologies into complete working solutions. It begins with concise, crystal-clear tutorials on each technology and then quickly moves on to building common web applications.

You’ll learn how to use Node.js and MongoDB to build more scalable, high-performance sites, how to leverage Angular’s innovative MVC approach to structure more effective pages and applications, and how to use all three together to deliver outstanding next-generation Web solutions.

  • Implement a highly scalable and dynamic web server using Node.js and Express
  • Implement a MongoDB data store for your web applications
  • Access and interact with MongoDB from Node.js JavaScript code
  • Learn the basics of TypeScript
  • Define custom Angular directives that extend the HTML language
  • Build server-side web services in JavaScript
  • Implement client-side services that can interact with the Node.js web server
  • Build dynamic browser views that provide rich user interaction
  • Add authenticated user accounts and nested comment components to your web applications and pages

Contents at a Glance

Part I: Getting Started

1 Introducing the Node.js-to-Angular Stack

2 JavaScript Primer

Part II: Learning Node.js

3 Getting Started with Node.js

4 Using Events, Listeners, Timers, and Callbacks in Node.js

5 Handling Data I/O in Node.js

6 Accessing the File System from Node.js

7 Implementing HTTP Services in Node.js

8 Implementing Socket Services in Node.js

9 Scaling Applications Using Multiple Processors in Node.js

10 Using Additional Node.js Modules

Part III: Learning MongoDB

11 Understanding NoSQL and MongoDB

12 Getting Started with MongoDB

13 Getting Started with MongoDB and Node.js

14 Manipulating MongoDB Documents from Node.js

15 Accessing MongoDB from Node.js

16 Using Mongoose for Structured Schema and Validation

17 Advanced MongoDB Concepts

Part IV: Using Express to Make Life Easier

18 Implementing Express in Node.js

19 Implementing Express Middleware

Part V: Learning Angular

20 Jumping into TypeScript

21 Getting Started with Angular

22 Angular Components

23 Expressions

24 Data Binding

25 Built-in Directives

Part VI: Advanced Angular

26 Custom Directives

27 Events and Change Detection

28 Implementing Angular Services in Web Applications

29 Creating Your Own Custom Angular Services

30 Having Fun with Angular

Author(s): Brad Dayley, Brendan Dayley

8. Backbone.js Patterns and Best Practices (2014)

A onestop guide to best practices and design patterns when building applications using Backtbone.js

About This Book

  • Offers solutions to common Backbone.js related problems that most developers face
  • Shows you how to use custom widgets, plugins, and mixins to make your code reusable
  • Describes patterns and best practices for large scale JavaScript application architecture and unit testing applications with QUnit and SinonJS frameworks

Who This Book Is For

This book is for JavaScript developers who work with Backbone.js and want to learn the best design patterns to develop complex web applications. Basic knowledge of Backbone.js and JavaScript is essential.

What You Will Learn

  • Develop custom plugins and mixins to reduce boilerplate in your code
  • Learn about Backbone view management with nested views, subviews, layout manager, and Marionette views
  • Understand template management by storing and pre-compiling templates
  • Explore model validation with validation plugins and learn model serialization and relational data management with nested models
  • Work with collections to implement multiple sorting and filtering behavior
  • Create solid application architecture with AMD and different popular design patterns

In Detail

Backbone.js is a super light framework that allows you to structure your JavaScript codes in an MV* fashion. This framework is an excellent tool when it comes to creating an organized and modular code base for web apps of any size or complexity. Although lightweight, Backbone.js results in lots of boilerplate. Learning the best practices and design patterns will help you avoid these problems and allow you to ensure that the best standards are followed.

Backbone.js Patterns and Best Practices is packed with examples that will help you work with Backbone.js components. It also gives solutions to common problems faced by developers. It gives a complete overview of plugin development, large scale application architecture, and unit testing as well.

Starting with a discussion of why reducing boilerplate in your JavaScript code is essential, Backbone.js Patterns and Best Practices explains how to enforce reusability in your code by creating plugins and mixins. You will learn about patterns and best practices for Backbone views, models, collections, routers, and events.

You will discover solutions to common problems that developers face through simple examples, and delve into the best open source plugins available to solve these problems when they arise. This book is an excellent collection of design and implementation patterns that will help you structure and develop complex Backbone.js applications easily.

Author(s): Swarnendu De

9. Backbone.js Essentials (2015)

Build amazing high-performance web applications using Backbone.js

About This Book

  • Construct top-notch web applications by mastering the powerful tools provided by Backbone.js
  • Gain insights into how to simplify data management and create single-page web applications with powerful user interfaces
  • This is a fast-paced guide on how to test, document, and leverage third-party libraries, and helps you get the most out of Backbone.js

Who This Book Is For

If you are a developer with baseline JavaScript proficiency and are familiar with the jQuery library, then this book is ideal for you. Whether you’ve tried building complex web applications before and been frustrated by the challenge of doing so without the proper tools, or whether you’ve only built simple websites and are now looking to create full-featured web applications, this book has everything you need to get ahead of the curve.

What You Will Learn

  • Architect a single-page web application using Backbone.js
  • Easily transmit data to and from a server-side API (RESTful or not) using Backbone’s Models and Classes
  • Add and modify DOM elements with Backbone Views, and create browsable client-side pages with Routers
  • Document your Backbone.js logic, with or without popular tools such as JSDoc or Docco, to ensure long-term maintainability
  • Prevent bugs and ease refactoring by testing your code with frameworks such as QUnit, Mocha, or Buster and auxiliary tools such as Sinon
  • Use Backbone.js’s sister library, Underscore, to realize the full power of a Backbone application
  • Explore advanced Backbone techniques and save time and effort by using the most powerful third-party tools available

In Detail

This book offers insight into creating and maintaining dynamic Backbone.js web applications. It delves into the the fundamentals of Backbone.js and helps you achieve mastery of the Backbone library.

Starting with Models and Collections, you’ll learn how to simplify client-side data management and easily transmit data to and from your server. Next, you’ll learn to use Views and Routers to facilitate DOM manipulation and URL control so that your visitors can navigate your entire site without ever leaving the first HTML page. Finally, you’ll learn how to combine those building blocks with other tools to achieve high-performance, testable, and maintainable web applications.

Author(s): Jeremy Walker

10. Backbone.js Testing (2013)

If you dread the business of testing JavaScript and Backbone.js web applications, this book is your guardian angel. In easy stages and lots of examples it takes you through the whole testing situation, introducing you to best practice and current techniques.

Overview

  • Create comprehensive test infrastructures
  • Understand and utilize modern frontend testing techniques and libraries
  • Use mocks, spies, and fakes to effortlessly test and observe complex Backbone.js application behavior
  • Automate tests to run from the command line, shell, or practically anywhere

In Detail

Frontend web applications are soaring in popularity and the Backbone.js library is leading this charge with a modular, lightweight approach for organizing JavaScript web applications. At the same time, testing client-side JavaScript and Backbone.js programs remains a difficult and tedious undertaking.

Backbone.js Testing brings sensible practices and current techniques to the challenges of Backbone.js test development. The book introduces fundamental testing concepts, comprehensive test infrastructure design, and practical exercises to easily and systematically test modern JavaScript web applications.

The book progresses from Mocha test suites and Chai assertions to advanced test mocks and stubs with Sinon.JS. The requisite libraries and utilities are introduced with in-depth examples and best practices for integration with your applications. The book guides you through the test planning and implementation processes for your application models, views, routers, and other Backbone.js components.

Backbone.js Testing gives you the tools, examples, and assistance to test your Backbone.js web applications thoroughly, quickly, and with confidence.

What you will learn from this book

  • Install and set up a test infrastructure for Backbone applications
  • Run, examine, and understand Mocha test reports
  • Tour the Chai assertion library API with detailed examples
  • Write test suites and specs with the Mocha test framework
  • Fake application behavior in tests using Sinon.JS mocks, spies, and fake servers

Approach

This book is packed with step-by-step tutorials and instructions in recipe format to help you create test infrastructures and gradually advance your Backbone.js application development and testing skills.

Who this book is written for

If you are a JavaScript developer looking to create and implement test support for your Backbone.js applications, then this book is ideal for you.

Author(s): Ryan Roemer

11. SPA Design and Architecture: Understanding Single Page Web Applications (2015)

Summary

SPA Design and Architecture teaches you the design and development skills you need to create SPAs. Includes an overview of MV* frameworks, unit testing, routing, layout management, data access, pub/sub, and client-side task automation. This book is full of easy-to-follow examples you can apply to the library or framework of your choice.

Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

About the Technology

The next step in the development of web-based software, single-page web applications deliver the sleekness and fluidity of a native desktop application in a browser. If you’re ready to make the leap from traditional web applications to SPAs, but don’t know where to begin, this book will get you going.

About the Book

SPA Design and Architecture teaches you the design and development skills you need to create SPAs. You’ll start with an introduction to the SPA model and see how it builds on the standard approach using linked pages. The author guides you through the practical issues of building an SPA, including an overview of MV* frameworks, unit testing, routing, layout management, data access, pub/sub, and client-side task automation. This book is full of easy-to-follow examples you can apply to the library or framework of your choice.

What’s Inside

  • Working with modular JavaScript
  • Understanding MV* frameworks
  • Layout management
  • Client-side task automation
  • Testing SPAs
  • About the Reader

    This book assumes you are a web developer and know JavaScript basics.

    About the Author

    Emmit Scott is a senior software engineer and architect with experience building large-scale, web-based applications.

    Table of Contents

      PART 1 THE BASICS
    1. What is a single-page application?
    2. The role of MV* frameworks
    3. Modular JavaScript
    4. PART 2 CORE CONCEPTS
    5. Navigating the single page
    6. View composition and layout
    7. Inter-module interaction
    8. Communicating with the server
    9. Unit testing
    10. Client-side task automation
    11. APPENDIXES
    1. Employee directory example walk-through
    2. Review of the XMLHttpRequest API
    3. Chapter 7 server-side setup and summary
    4. Installing Node.js and Gulp.js

    Author(s): Emmit Scott

    12. Backbone JS: JavaScript Framework. 2ª Edición (Spanish Edition) (2016)

    Backbone es un Framework más popular de JavaScript que le permiten crear MVC (modelo-vista-controlador) como aplicaciones y aplicaciones de una sola página. Los principales componentes de Backbone.js son el Modelo, Vista, Colección, Router y los objetos de la clase Event. En Backbone, un modelo almacena los datos que se recuperan desde el servidor mediante RESTful JSON y se asocia con la vista. La vista renderiza el HTML mediante el uso de plantillas JavaScript o renderizando el framework y gestionando los eventos desencadenados en los elementos del mismo. El router es como como controlador y es el responsable de manejar una determinada URL y diciéndole al framework que código debe ejecutarse para esa URL. Los eventos es un módulo que se puede mezclar con cualquier objeto para enlazar y disparar eventos con nombre personalizado.

    Author(s): Guillermo Lorenzo Carvallo, IT Campus Academy