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A Thorough Introduction To Backbone.Marionette (Part 3)

To help you tap the full potential of Marionette, we've prepared an entire eBook full of useful hands-on examples which is also available in the Smashing Library. — Ed.

In this series on Backbone.Marionette, we’ve already discussed Application and Module. This time, we’ll be taking a gander at how Marionette helps make views better in Backbone. Marionette extends the base View class from Backbone to give us more built-in functionality, to eliminate most of the boilerplate code and to convert all of the common code down to configuration.

A Thorough Introduction To Backbone.Marionette (Part 3)

I highly recommend that you go back and read the articles about Application and Module first, if you haven’t already. Some things may be mentioned in this article that refer to the previous articles, and this is part of a series about Marionette, so if you wish to learn about Marionette, you should read the whole series.

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ModulesA Thorough Introduction To Backbone.Marionette (Part 2)

In the first part of this series, we discussed Backbone.Marionette’s Application. This time around, we’ll discuss the module system that is included in Backbone.Marionette. Modules are accessible through the Application, but modules are a very large topic and deserve an article dedicated to them.

A Thorough Introduction To Backbone.Marionette (Part 2)

Before we get into the details of how to use Marionette’s module system, we should make sure we all have a decent definition of a module. A module is an independent unit of code that ideally does one thing. It can be used in conjunction with other modules to create an entire system. The more independent a unit of code is, the more easily it can be exchanged or internally modified without affecting other parts of the system.

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ApplicationA Thorough Introduction To Backbone.Marionette (Part 1)

Backbone.js is quickly becoming the most popular framework for building modular client-side JavaScript applications. This is largely due to its low barrier to entry; getting started with it is super-simple.

A Thorough Introduction To Backbone.Marionette (Part 1)

However, unlike Ember.js, Backbone, being so minimal, also leaves a lot up to the developer to figure out. So, once you start getting into more advanced applications, it’s no longer so simple. Backbone.Marionette was created to alleviate a lot of the growing pains of Backbone development.

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