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Single Page Web Applications: The Benefits & Pitfalls

Building sites using the Single Page Application approach has become the default options for many developers. In this talk we'll talk about why this trend has caught on, how you can create complete client side applications using Backbone.js hooking into any server side language, and what additional considerations exist when taking this approach.


James Sugrue is the principal front-end architect at Carma (, a startup based in Cork, Ireland that produce iOS and Android apps for carpooling. James has also recently published a book, Beginning Backbone.js with Apress, which guides JavaScript developers through architecting, using and testing JavaScript based applications.

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  • David B.

    Excellent and very useful, we are currently changing over from Sencha to Backbone and AngularJS, so this was a timely discussion

    March 25, 2014

    • James S.

      The mix of both is intriguing too - would be interested to see how they are being mixed.

      March 25, 2014

    • David B.

      We are currently using Sencha Touch, which is primarily targeted at producing native apps for mobile devices, but they can also run in a browser as a kind of single page app.

      March 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for a great talk James and thanks for organising Aidan.

    1 · March 25, 2014

  • Darren H.

    Nice intro to backbone.js. Very interesting participation from the crowd.

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • Aidan C.

    great discussions tonight about Single Page Apps - very informative , Thanks James !!

    2 · March 24, 2014

  • John

    I enjoyed this,James is a very knowledgable guy

    4 · March 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Beginning Backbone is highly recommended, great session this evening

      2 · March 24, 2014

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