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What are the most common Backbone developers’ mistakes?

Avoiding the Arsenal of Backbone.js Functionalities

One of the most common mistakes for junior developers is that they treat Backbone.js as another similar to MVC client framework for the web. Though Backbone.js is considered to be a minimalist framework, it offers a lot of features and functionalities responding to basic and even important needs that grow while developing a web application. So for not making this simple but significant mistake, a beginner should explore the framework very carefully. Using Backbone.js you may find the minimum models with key-value that gives your web application the structure. Backbone.js is presented via models, collections, and views. In order to support client-side routing, router and history components elements also provide a minimalistic mechanism. Due to extensibility and different plugins a hired developer can build an awesome app.

Modification of DOM in Direct Response to Arbitrary Events

When one start learning Backbone.js for the first time, he prefers not to do as it was suggested by Backbone.js: control events and view updates on simple websites the way we would with jQuery. But Backbone.js is designed to provide a stable structure to your web application by proper separation of tasks. For example, an inexperienced developer often updates a view in response to arbitrary DOM events:
var AudioPlayerControls = Backbone.View.extend({
	events: {
		‘click .btn-play, .btn-pause’: function(event) {
			$(event.target).toggleClass(‘btn-play btn-pause’)
	// ...
There are also unusual cases when direct manipulation of DOM from the event handlers will make some sense, but this is almost never worth the expense of handling complicated DOM manipulations from event handlers. This is what the goal of Backbone.js is to solve.

Creation of Monolithic Views

The minimalism of Backbone.js offers a great deal of variety about however you want to architect the front-end of your web application. Quite often, considering the code, the heaviest feature of a web application is the view. However, making big monolithic views is not an option. The code should be more functional and easy to adapt or modify potentially.

Data Storing on Views Instead of in Models

One of the errors a beginner learner of Backbone.js can sometimes make is storing data as attributes on views. The information can be used there to track some state or some user collection. There’s always an opportunity to build models without endpoints. Doing this way one can store information that does not actually have to stay on the back-end, or that is temporary. If one stores them in models, he can use the advantage of listening to changes. These views may observe and re-render themselves as required.

Underestimating the Cost of Rendering

While Backbone.js makes rendering and re-rendering of DOM easier at will or in response to events, junior developers sometimes forget how much of an effect this would have on the actual web application performance. There are a lot of approaches to end up thrashing the render method or process in the view. Sometimes, as modern web browsers are becoming extremely effective pieces of software, this does not seem to be much. However, the drop in performance is getting more evident as the web application develops, and the quantity of data grows.

Using jQuery “.on()” Instead of Delegated Events

Backbone.js has a perfect way to manage DOM events. If a developer doesn’t use it the company loses a lot. jQuery’s .on() event binding function seems practical and comfortable, but it also often turns out to be a problem in the long term. Example: jQuery automatically removes all event handlers bound to the elements by using .on(). when elements are dropped from the DOM. It means that if one detaches the root element from the DOM and reattach it, he will need to rebound any DOM event you try to bind to from a view. You just need to call 'delegateEvents()' to bind all of these events to the view when the element corresponding to this view is re-attached to the DOM. But the developer should pay attention to how these events are bound. Backbone.js simply binds the event handler to the root element of the view rather than binding the event to the elements defined by the selector. It almost always works and cover the needs of the developer. He doesn’t need to change or replace the child elements in the view’s DOM sub-tree to bind an event again to the new elements.The current listeners are just going to work.
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Developers soft skills review

The demand for IT specialists especially backbone developers is growing every day, along with the competition. Only hard skills are no longer enough to be hired and develop a career in a good organization. Employers have also started paying attention to so-called "soft" skills. These are skills that are not related to the profession but are more related to personal qualities
  • Communication and teamwork
  • Patience
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity and flexibility
  • Discipline (including time management)
  • Self-reliance
  • Independence and proactivity
  • Open-mindedness and adaptability
Soft skills need to be developed as well as programming skills.

Developers technical Backbone skills review

But don't forget that a good specialist has strong hard skills. For the most part, the developer's salary depends on them.
  • Basic knowledge of web markup, including HTML5 and CSS3
  • Comprehension of browser rendering behavior and performance
  • Good knowledge of JavaScript, Backbone.js features, and utility functions
  • Understanding the concepts behind models, collections, and views
  • Fundamental REST API concepts
  • Experience with input validation techniques and approaches
  • Understanding of asynchronous request handling, partial page updates, and AJAX
  • Competent understanding of cross-browser compatibility issues
  • Reasoning skills of JavaScript module loaders, such as Require.js or AMD
  • Proficiency in front-end build tools, such as Grunt and Gulp.js
  • Understanding of code versioning tools, such as Git / Mercurial / SVN

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How much does it cost to hire Backbone developers?

Your project scope

Before hiring a backbone developer it's necessary to denote the kind of work that needs to be done. All backbone projects are different. It would usually take less time to install your application server to a well-known API than to create the complete Backbone.js-powered back end from the ground up. Advice: The more clearly you explain the complexity of your project, the easier it will be for a specialist to give you a realistic outlay and an offer.

Backbone developers experience

This cost factor is directly related to the first one. When you determined the nature of your project, it's time to evaluate the right level of backbone developer's expertise. For instance, you don't need to hire a senior backbone developer if you need just to create a landing page or to handle the back end. For this purpose, you may hire a less experienced developer who understands the basic understanding of asynchronous request handling, partial page updates, AJAX, and knowledge of web markup. Besides the experience level of a backbone developer, you need to take into account the specific skills and technologies a developer owns. The list is above.

Location of the hired Backbone developers

Another factor that can affect the prices of hiring a Backbone.js developer is location. It's well-known that there's a difference in purchasing power between countries. Thus there's an opportunity to save some money on a specialist. The most expensive places are Australia and Switzerland and the United States while the cheapest are Pakistan, Ukraine, and India (Stat by Codementor). It's also essential to realize the hidden costs: remote team management, such as language barriers, time zones, and logistics.

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What's the checklist to successfully hire Backbone developers?

The Portfolio

That is the most important thing you should do if you want to hire a developer. Looking at a backbone developer's portfolio you may come to understand if this is a suitable person for your project. Here's an example: you build a new e-commerce website, so you should look for a developer who has already done such projects. Otherwise, it can take much longer time and other resources to figure out how it works. Speaking about portfolios, developers usually have a web site with the list of their projects. But you also can request a backbone developer to show his recent works and ask questions.

Soft skills

You may use a list of soft-skills described above but one of the most important skills for your backbone developer is the ability to communicate. It's fair to say that all developers would rather write code than to chat, but it’s a necessary skill for developers. It doesn’t matter how good their job is, there are high chances that you will be irritated and upset if your web developer is not able to interact with you properly, i.e. express concepts and ideas.

Support and availability

As we said before, it's much cheaper to hire a backbone developer from another country. But on this step you need to check if he is available according to your time. It can be a great challenge, but will not slow down the whole work. For instance, here at Exceed Team we provide support to all of our clients according to their time zones.

Other clients' reviews

Every web developer will try to persuade you about their support and efficiency, but asking their customers is the only best way to assess their results. As an example, you may ask him to provide you with his existing clients contacts to speak with them and get real feedback. You may also address the sites such as Upwork to see the rating of a developer you want to hire.

Understanding of the project

It sometimes happens that even experienced developers may not clearly understand the project and don't see end results. So try to explain the idea in the most accessible way.

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