Mark Lavin

Creating Enriching Web Applications with Django and Backbone.js

Date: This event took place live on November 06 2014

Presented by: Mark Lavin

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

Cost: Free

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Django and Backbone are two of the most popular frameworks for web backends and frontends respectively and this webcast will talk about how to use them together effectively. During the session we'll build a simple REST API with Django and connect it to a single page application built with Backbone. This will examine the separation of client and server responsibilities. We'll dive into the differences between client-side and server-side routing and other stumbling blocks that developers encounter when trying to build rich client applications.

If you're familiar with Python/Django but unfamiliar with Javascript frameworks, you'll get some useful ideas and examples on how to start integrating the two. If you're a Backbone guru but not comfortable working on the server, you'll learn how the MVC concepts you know from Backbone can translate to building a Django application.

About Mark Lavin

Mark has been a developer since 2006, first working on Wall Street and now as Technical Director of Caktus, the largest Django-specific development firm in the US. He is an active member of the Django community, speaking at conferences, contributing to open source projects, and answering questions on StackOverflow. When not coding, he enjoys homebrewing, running and participating in Ironman triathlons, and spending time with his wife and their two young daughters at their home in Apex, NC.