Backbone Tutorials is a collection of tutorials written by Thomas Davis. Everything is open source and I try my best to keep the tutorials updated. Though I am busy and only work on this is my spare time so many contributors have also help me put this resource together.

Backbone.js Beginner Video Tutorial

I have put extra effort into making a very easy to understand Backbone.js video which is also free. It is 70mins long and covers everything you need to know when getting started.

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Why do you need Backbone.js?

Building single-page web apps or complicated user interfaces will get extremely difficult by simply using jQuery or MooTools. The problem is standard JavaScript libraries are great at what they do - and without realizing it you can build an entire application without any formal structure. You will with ease turn your application into a nested pile of jQuery callbacks, all tied to concrete DOM elements.

I shouldn't need to explain why building something without any structure is a bad idea. Of course you can always invent your own way of structuring your application but you miss out on the benefits of the open source community.

Why single page applications are the future

Backbone.js enforces that communication to the server should be done entirely through a RESTful API. The web is currently trending such that all data/content will be exposed through an API. This is because the browser is no longer the only client, we now have mobile devices, tablet devices, Google Goggles and electronic fridges etc.

So how does Backbone.js help?

Backbone is an incredibly small library for the amount of functionality and structure it gives you. It is essentially MVC for the client and allows you to make your code modular. If you read through some of the beginner tutorials the benefits will soon become self evident and due to Backbone.js light nature you can incrementally include it in any current or future projects.

Other frameworks

If you are looking for comparisons to build your single page application, try some of these resourceful links.


If you questions regarding why you should choose Backbone.js as your framework, please leave a comment below

Thomas Davis

Founder of cdnjs.com, jsonresume.org

Work with Drones, Open Source, Tech Policy, Javascript and Music.