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backbone.jsHow can I build an application using Backbone.js?

Backbone.js is a JavaScript library that makes it easier to create dynamic, single-page web applications. It provides an MVC (Model View Controller) framework that helps to organize code and keep it modular. To build an application using Backbone.js, you need to include the library in your HTML page and create models, views, and controllers.

Example code

<script src="backbone.js"></script>

// Model
var Person = Backbone.Model.extend({
    defaults: {
        name: '',
        age: 0

// View
var PersonView = Backbone.View.extend({
    tagName: 'li',
    render: function() {
        this.$el.html(this.model.get('name') + ' (' + this.model.get('age') + ')');
        return this;

// Controller
var PeopleController = Backbone.Router.extend({
    routes: {
        "people/:name": "showPerson"
    showPerson: function(name) {
        var person = new Person({name: name, age: 30});
        var personView = new PersonView({model: person});

var peopleController = new PeopleController();

This code creates a Person model, a PersonView view, and a PeopleController router. The Person model has two properties, name and age, and the PersonView view renders the model in an HTML li element. The PeopleController router has a single route, people/:name, which will render the PersonView with the name specified in the route. Finally, the Backbone.history.start() call enables the router.

Code explanation

  1. Include the Backbone.js library in the HTML page: <script src="backbone.js"></script>
  2. Create a model: var Person = Backbone.Model.extend({...});
  3. Create a view: var PersonView = Backbone.View.extend({...});
  4. Create a controller: var PeopleController = Backbone.Router.extend({...});
  5. Create a route in the controller: routes: { "people/:name": "showPerson" }
  6. Create a controller action: showPerson: function(name) {...}
  7. Start the router: Backbone.history.start();

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