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Pro Single Page Application Development: Using Backbone.js and ASP.NET 2014th Edition

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About the Author

Gil Fink is an expert in web development and Microsoft web and data platforms. He works as a senior consultant and architect at Sela Group. He is currently consulting for various enterprises and companies, where he helps to develop Web and RIA-based solutions. He conducts lectures and workshops for individuals and enterprises who want to specialize in infrastructure and web development. He is also a co-author of several Microsoft Official Courses and training kits and the founder of Front-End.IL meetup. You can read his publications at his blog: http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/gilf



Ido Flatow is a Microsoft Connected Systems MVP, and a Senior Architect at SELA Group. With over 15 years of experience, Ido is one of SELA s Windows Azure and Web experts, specializing in technologies such as WCF, ASP.NET, Silverlight, and IIS. He is a Microsoft certified trainer (MCT), the co-author of Microsoft's Official WCF 4.0 course (10263A), and a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide. His blog can be found at http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/idof.
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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2014 edition (May 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430266732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430266730
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #717,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the best books on building single page apps out there. Most books either focus on the concepts or on a specific SPA framework, but this book balances the two. The author explains the concepts that form the foundation of modern single page applications and then demonstrates them one after the other. This makes the book an excellent resource for both beginner and intermediate web developers.

The book covers important design patterns necessary for building maintainable single page apps, different approaches to SPA structure and design, and advances in HTML5 and other modern web technologies that make it possible to build SPAs. It also gives excellent and thorough introductions to Backbone, Underscore and RequireJS.

Another aspect I liked about the book is that it's modular, so you can jump to the sections that interest you. For example, if you're already familiar with basic SPA concepts (e.g., if you've worked with Angular or Ember or another SPA framework in the past), you can skip ahead to the sections that deal with implementing SPAs with Backbone. You can read the book from front to back, but you can also jump around if you prefer a less linear style.

The authors don't cover just the client, like most SPA books I've seen. They wrote a whole section on connecting to back-end services, covering topics such as HTTP caching, REST, error handling, validation, connectivity and others. These are concepts that many new SPA developers are not very familiar with but definitely make the difference between an app built by a hobbyist and a professional application.

The last section gives a cursory introduction to more advanced topics, including unit testing, performance tuning, SEO and deployment. This is a good though brief introduction to what will (or should) probably be your "next steps".
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The author's writing style is great. The flow is clear. Most importantly, this is the only book so far that talks about how to use Backbone.js and ASP.NET Web API together.

The book not only introduces you the technologies you need in order to build a SPA, but also gives you a brief introduction and comparison of other similar technologies that are available out there. Not too long, not too short, but right to the points.

There is a code example you can follow through out the book, and finally it's not a To-do app. I know somebody would say there are many typos in the book and author's coding style is not consistent (sometimes he uses upper case and sometimes lower case for JavaScript's classes), but hey, this is the only example embedded in the book that works for me so far.

Overall, it's a must-have.
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We bought this book to get our three-member development team started building an SPA. We are converting a desktop software product into a cloud-based version with an ASP.Net back end. Fink and Flatow’s book was tremendously helpful for developers like us – novices to Backbone, and with only intermediate skill in Javascript.

Particularly helpful was the organization of the book around the construction of a simple SPA, a directory of secret agents. Other books on Backbone and the StackOverflow universe tend to carve off tiny topics and explain them to death – useful in production mode, but not for beginners. Fink and Flatow had to be more all-encompassing, because they start the book with a blank screen and end the book with a working app. This approach allowed our back-end guy to carve off certain chapters, our front-end guy to carve off other chapters, and our team lead to skim the whole book, while all working off and discussing similar examples. This book didn’t get too far into the weeds, but key concepts, such as MV*, were effectively explained and illustrated.

We heavily used the front-end code examples to sketch out the front end of our application, which is now past the proof-of-concept stage and moving into production mode. We saved enormous amounts of time and money by starting this development exercise with Fink and Flatow’s book, and we recommend it to any development team in a similar position.
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By Cyril on January 19, 2015
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One of the best books I have read about single page web application development, the topics on underscore.js , webapi are brilliant. the sample are so easy to follow and the coverage on the javascript coding aspects was awesome , would definitely recommend to anyone who is doing serious front-end development.
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