Appendix C. Using jQuery UI with Backbone

One question I frequently am asked is how jQuery UI works with MVC frameworks like Backbone. This definitely is a topic worth discussing, because jQuery UI compliments Backbone quite nicely. The best way to use the libraries is to let Backbone do what it does best—manage an application’s data and views—and let jQuery UI do what it does best—the UI. Let’s look at how to do that.


This guide is intended for readers who have some familiarly with the Backbone library, although I’ll try to provide enough context so that everyone can follow. To learn more about Backbone, you can refer to its documentation at, or Addy Osmani’s excellent (and free!) book on writing Backbone ...

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