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From Garren Smith <>
Subject Re: fauxton: why backbone?
Date Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:29:20 GMT
I think Sue has summed it up really nicely. It depends on what frameworks/libraries you are
comfortable with and how large the application is going to be. Using backbone you will most
likely have to write a fair bit more "boilerplate" code.
One other library to checkout is react.js ( Its got some
really interesting ideas. You can combine this quite nicely with Backbone to get quite a powerful


On 29 Jan 2014, at 7:48 PM, Sue <> wrote:

> The backbone choice as already made before I came onto the project, but
> after working with it over the past year I love it.
> I wouldn't actually call Backbone a framework. It's more like a utility
> library for making your own framework. There are plugins you can get like
> Marionette, which will give you more robust features. Alone, it's very
> small and simple.
> If you're looking for ideas of what to use on your own project, I think it
> all depends on what you are planning to build and the skillsets of your
> team. There is nothing wrong with using Angular.js or Ember.js to build an
> app.
> Angular is very easy to use and requires little ramp up time for developers
> of all skill levels. Angular comes with databinding which is great.  It's
> very focused on DOM manipulation.  I want to say it's very 'jQuery'-like,
> but as a metaphor for how easy it is for someone to use it.
> Backbone + underscore/lodash is more focused on data manipulation. I know
> that Russell was drawn to it at from the begining because it's very
> unopinionated about how you write your code. When you start building with
> it, you'll notice that no one does things the same way, which can be very
> frustrating when you're new and trying to figure things out.  I recomend
> that you just read the documentation & the source code.
> If you do decide you want to use backbone, Garren and I can give you some
> tips on best practices and good js patterns to use.
> On Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 10:58 AM, Simon Metson <> wrote:
>> Hey,
>> On Wednesday, 29 January 2014 at 15:52, Benoit Chesneau wrote:
>>> I see that couchdb is using backbone and I am curious of the reason for
>> it
>>> over angular for example? Just curious about it since I need to make a
>>> choice for some code I want to build.
>> The choice was made for a few reasons:
>> * more established
>> * larger community
>> * great docs
>> * experience with the tool for the folk doing the work
>> These things were all true at the time we started, not sure if we'd do
>> things different today - Sue/Garren/Russell should comment further - but I
>> think it has resulted in a maintainable code base that we can build on
>> quickly despite it being fairly large/complex.
>> Cheers
>> Simon

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