Integrating Frontend Components + Building Backbone Plugins
Integrating Frontend Components + Building Backbone Plugins
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Integrating Frontend Components + Building Backbone Plugins

Integrating Front end Components with Web Applications
Building Backbone Plugins
The following 2 books are included in this bundle...

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This bundle features a lot of knowledge useful for a front end developer. From building Backbone plugins to integrating existing libraries you will learn the mastery of front end development.

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Integrating Front end Components with Web Applications

Integrating Front end Components with Web Applications

Learn how to implement Bootstrap, tagging, autosuggest, spinners, date pickers, AJAX file uploaders and more in web applications
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Over the past few years of building web applications I have gathered a list of tools and frameworks that assist in building frontend components that improve the usability and the visual appeal of web applications. This book will guide you through installation, usage and customization of these front end libraries, frameworks and components. 

Such common problems as integrating Bootstrap, Tagging, Notifications, Spinners, AJAX login and registration, AJAX contact forms, AJAX file uploads & Avatar Cropping, Date Pickers and more are discussed in the book. Besides integration of frontend components optimization is also discussed.

Chapter by chapter, you will be introduced to various concepts of using front end libraries to make your applications look better and be more useful for the end user.

When you reach the last page of the book you will be able to integrate over a dozen of front end components and frameworks in your applications and make your users happy.

Update 4/21/2014: by popular demand, if after reading the book you feel like it provides a lot more value than it's worth, feel free to give the author a tip through Paypal here or through Gittip here.

Building Backbone Plugins

Building Backbone Plugins

Eliminate The Boilerplate In Backbone.js Apps
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Stop Building Apps With Broken, Boilerplate JavaScript

Master the art of extending and scaling Backbone.js … with just ONE book

Introducing …

Building Backbone Plugins

Extending Backbone.js The Smart, Scalable Way

  • Learn dozens of time-saving secrets
  • Build apps that can handle massive growth
  • Say goodbye to spaghetti-code solutions
  • Make better architecture decisions
  • Write maintainable, problem-free JavaScript

Because There’s a World of Difference Between Using a Framework … and KNOWING It

Get Back to Coding Cool Features Again

You’re not paid to build frameworks — you’re paid to build apps that solve the needs of your business. Building Backbone Plugins will free you from boilerplate code so you can focus on writing your application’s features.

Stop Fumbling Around Your Codebase

Keeping code small and readable is critical as your application evolves. Understanding — at a glance — what the code in any given file does is what makes the difference between being productive and flailing around for hours.

Put an End to Copy & Paste Programming

Boilerplate code requires you to copy-and-paste large chunks of code. Copy-and-paste code creates duplication. Duplication creates a maintenance nightmare. This book will teach you how to stop code-bloat in its tracks with powerful, easy-to-maintain abstractions and extensions.

Minimize Code, Maximize Freedom

Master the art of writing less code that does way more. After stripping down and streamlining your codebase with the help of this book, you’ll have more time to actually implement and improve those inspired, nice-to-have features you love but kept having to put on the back burner.

Understand WHY, Not Just How

This isn’t just a how-to book. It’s a why-to book designed to clarify the concepts and logic that hold Backbone together. Learn the “why” and “how” of building Backbone extensions without losing hours, days, even weeks to hopeless, confusing trial-and-error.

Build Fully Stocked App Architectures

Backbone offers a great, lightweight way to organize jQuery and other JavaScript code, but the trade-off is a lack of a complete app architecture. Building Backbone Plugins fills this gap by showing you what it takes to build scalable applications in Backbone and how to stock your toolbox with exactly what you need.

Get Real-Life, Real-App Tools & Techniques Distilled from Years of Experience with Backbone.js

I don’t know about you, but when I first starting using Backbone.js, I fell in love with it almost immediately.

After weeks of tearing my hair out over the hopeless tangle of JavaScript I’d “built” into my latest app, Backbone seemed like the answer to my prayers:

All of the patterns and practices that I’d learned from Windows development and thick GUI applications right there in front of me … only in JavaScript!

But it wasn’t long before I realized that using Backbone raised problems of its own: for one, a heavy reliance on copy & paste programming. To build out my apps, I had to keep adding more and more boilerplate code — the stuff that has to be there or nothing works right.

All that copy-and-pasting of code inevitably led to the copy-and-pasting of errors … which then required copy-and-paste fixes.

And that, frankly, is a ridiculous and wasteful way to code.

Based on my own trial & error-riddled experiences building MarionetteJS for Backbone, Building Backbone Plugins boils down more than 15 years of software development experience into one simple, easy-to-follow handbook designed to meet the real-life needs of actual JavaScript developers and their clients.

Using MarionetteJS as a reference, this book will show you how to write cleaner, more flexible JavaScript as well as how to keep your applications organized and easy-to-maintain — no matter how complex they get.

– Derick Bailey, creator of MarionetteJS

What Others Are Saying (and Loving!) About The Book

“A treasure trove of knowledge for the Backbone developer concerned with application architecture and extending Backbone” - Chris Webb

“The perfect read given that I was using Backbone in an unstructured manner, leaving many design paradigms in the dust … A great guide on how to transition from a mediocre Backbone web developer to a full-fledged software engineer with Backbone under their tool belt.” - Peter Tseng

“[This book] exposes parts of Backbone that many don’t know about and clearly shows how to extend Backbone in helpful ways that are generic enough to be usable by large numbers of users/projects.” - Joe Zimmerman

“[Building Backbone Plugins] provided me with a bunch of conceptual tools… good enough to roll my own!” - Domingo E. Savoretti

“Gave me a deeper understanding of event-driven applications, what a good backbone architecture looks like, and how to write cleaner code… All the code and examples can be traced back to Marionette, a real-world open source library … I got immediate benefit by applying it at work as I was reading the book, without having to create a project just to try out the concepts!” - Roberto Guerra

“The things I learned from this book will go a long way in both improving our code base as well as the skill-set of my team as a whole!” - Jason Krol

“This book has helped me gain a better understanding of Backbone.js — which will benefit me as well as my clients going forward.” - Paul Paulson

“I see Backbone plugins in a different light now as a result of this book. Whereas previously I regarded plugins as a last resort, now I think of plugins more as an essential enhancement to the Backbone framework. Plugins as explained in this book add a stronger procedural abstraction capability to Backbone … It reminds me somewhat of the power of C++ template metaprogramming compared to early versions of that language that lacked templates.” - Bodine

“I was surprised at the clarity of language and exposition [of Building Backbone Plugins] … This has a degree of polish comparable to books from O’Reilly or Manning. Geeky expertise we expect; clear writing is rare!” - Bodine

“Through example, this book walks you through the common challenges faced in Backbone development and how to sanely tackle those challenges … At least, that’s how it helped me!” - Michael Raumer

“This book is a reference for me every time I pick Backbone as the major library to deal with anything I build on the client side.” - Rui Pedro Lima

“[This book] showed me how Backbone really becomes powerful when properly handling events, especially in the context of using event handlers to trigger change in separate modules. … It’s helping me improve the maintainability and overall quality of the code I’m writing.” - Mike Tiemey

About the Authors

Maksim Surguy
Maksim Surguy

Maksim Surguy is a professional breakdancer turned full time web developer. He is the creator, owner and sole developer of Bootsnipp, Panopanda,, Bookpages and many more websites. Partnering with Stidges, he created to help other developers discover tips and tricks for Laravel framework. Maks is an active contributor to the Laravel community and the author of Laravel in Action from Manning Publications.

In his free time he either travels with his wife or creates tutorials on his blog.

You can follow him on Twitter and on his blog to get updates on latest web development news, projects and tutorials.

Derick Bailey
Derick Bailey

Derick Bailey is an entrepreneur and software developer in central Texas He's been slinging code since the late 80’s and doing it professionally since the mid 90's. These days, He blogs at, produces screencasts at and tweets as @derickbailey.

Jerome Gravel-Niquet
Jerome Gravel-Niquet

Software Engineer. Creator of Backbone Todos. Autodidactic designer, web developer and entrepreneur.

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