jQuery & Backbone Forms Code/Demos

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Pretty big Reference List of jQuery & Backbone Forms Code/Demos.

Useful for developers trying to learn Backbone.js with forms.

Form Data Parsing (Get and Set values)

http://blog.rjzaworski.com/2012/01/parsing-forms-with-backbone-js/ demo : https://jsfiddle.net/rjzaworski/wSh74/

Form Checkboxes & Lists:

http://tutorialzine.com/2013/04/services-chooser-backbone-js/ demo : http://demo.tutorialzine.com/2013/04/services-chooser-backbone-js/index.html todo list demo: http://backbonejs.org/examples/todos/ todos code overview: http://backbonejs.org/docs/todos.html Basic Backbone List code overview and demos: http://arturadib.com/hello-backbonejs/

Form Selects / Dropdowns:


Form Generation:

backbone-forms.js https://github.com/powmedia/backbone-forms backbone-forms.js annotated code overview http://mkla.bz/bbf/docs/bbf.html Registration Template https://jsfiddle.net/evilcelery/VkUFu/ Registration Template (Bootstrap) https://jsfiddle.net/evilcelery/4XZMb/

Form Validation:

backbone-validation.js http://thedersen.com/projects/backbone-validation/ demo: http://thedersen.com/projects/backbone-validation/examples/ Render Validation Messages for Twitter Bootstrap: https://gist.github.com/driehle/2909552 Validate All Plugin :https://github.com/gfranko/Backbone.validateAll

Form Model Data Binding:

backbone.modelbinder.js https://github.com/theironcook/Backbone.ModelBinder demos: https://github.com/theironcook/Backbone.ModelBinder/wiki/Interactive-JSFiddle-Examples Basic Example: First and Last Name Binding: https://jsfiddle.net/derickbailey/Cpn3g/4/ Backbone, Require and Grunt example: https://github.com/codef0rmer/addressbookMVC/tree/master/backbone.js_require.js article: http://amitgharat.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/writing-your-first-application-using-backbone-js/ rivet.js http://rivetsjs.com/ basic demo: https://jsfiddle.net/eH4zG/183/ demo todolist: http://bl.ocks.org/mikeric/raw/3345763/ (code https://gist.github.com/mikeric/3345763) rivet.js annotated source code: http://rivetsjs.com/docs/rivets.html epoxy.js http://epoxyjs.org/
code demo todos: http://epoxyjs.org/tutorials.html#epoxy-todos

Two-way binding (if you need it):

backbone.stickit.js http://nytimes.github.io/backbone.stickit/

Backbone boilerplates

Minimal Web App with backbone, handlebars & require https://github.com/tbranyen/boilerplate-handlebars-layoutmanager Full build process with modules & packages https://github.com/backbone-boilerplate/backbone-boilerplate/wiki/Getting-started-overview

Backbone Sample Apps & Demos

Gumby2 Backbone Bootstrap Employee Directory https://github.com/ccoenraets/backbone-directory Backbone LayoutManager Example https://github.com/MikeLarned/backbonelayoutsexample Layoutmanager wiki https://github.com/tbranyen/backbone.layoutmanager/wiki/_pages

Backbone and Requirejs

Relative paths https://github.com/backbone-boilerplate/backbone-boilerplate/wiki/Relative-path-setup-notes

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about jQuery and Backbone Forms

How can I integrate jQuery with Backbone Forms?

Integrating jQuery with Backbone Forms is a straightforward process. First, you need to include the jQuery library in your HTML file. Then, you can use jQuery functions within your Backbone Form views. For instance, you can use the ‘$el’ property of Backbone Views to access the jQuery object for the view’s DOM element. This allows you to use jQuery methods to manipulate the view’s element.

What are the benefits of using Backbone Forms?

Backbone Forms provides a structured way to handle form data in your web applications. It allows you to create form views that are tied to Backbone models. This means that changes in the form fields will automatically update the model and vice versa. It also provides validation functionality, making it easier to ensure that the data entered by the user is valid.

How can I use custom templates with Backbone Forms?

Backbone Forms allows you to use custom templates to define how your forms should be rendered. You can specify a custom template when creating a new form view by passing a ‘template’ option. The template should be a function that takes a data object and returns a string of HTML. The data object will contain the form’s field data, which you can use to populate the template.

How can I handle form submission with Backbone Forms?

When a form is submitted, Backbone Forms will automatically update the associated model with the form data. You can listen for the ‘submit’ event on the form view to handle form submission. In the event handler, you can use the ‘getValue’ method to get the form data and perform any necessary actions, such as saving the model or sending the data to a server.

How can I add validation to a Backbone Form?

Backbone Forms provides built-in validation functionality. You can define validation rules for each field in your model by adding a ‘validate’ method. This method should return an error message if the field’s value is invalid, or nothing if the value is valid. When the form is submitted, Backbone Forms will automatically validate the form data and display any error messages.

How can I use Backbone Forms with a REST API?

Backbone Forms works well with REST APIs. When a form is submitted, you can use the ‘save’ method on the associated model to send the form data to a server. The ‘save’ method will automatically use the appropriate HTTP method (POST, PUT, or DELETE) based on the model’s state.

How can I customize the appearance of my Backbone Forms?

You can customize the appearance of your Backbone Forms by using CSS. Each form field is rendered with a set of standard HTML elements, which you can style as needed. You can also use custom templates to change the structure of the form.

How can I handle errors with Backbone Forms?

Backbone Forms provides several ways to handle errors. If a validation error occurs, the form will automatically display an error message. You can customize these messages by defining a ‘validate’ method in your model. If an error occurs when saving the model, you can listen for the ‘error’ event on the model and handle it accordingly.

Can I use Backbone Forms with other JavaScript libraries?

Yes, Backbone Forms can be used with other JavaScript libraries. It is built on top of Backbone.js and Underscore.js, but it can also be used with libraries like jQuery, Bootstrap, and more. You can even use it with other MVC frameworks, like Angular.js or React.js.

How can I test my Backbone Forms?

You can test your Backbone Forms using any JavaScript testing framework, such as Jasmine or Mocha. You can write tests to check that your forms are rendered correctly, that form submission updates the model as expected, and that validation rules are enforced.

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