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Preview Code

An example application that runs both on the client-side and server-side using the same code base. All Models, Collections, Views, and Routers are evaluated in Node.js and the browser to render the same content. Some functionality and styles may not be available due to limits of third-party libraries.

Running locally

To run locally you will need to install Node.js and Redis.

# Clone the repository.
git clone git://

# Change directory into it.
cd previewcode

# Install the dependencies from NPM.
npm install

# (Optionally) Install `grunt-cli` if you haven't already.  This may require
# elevated permissions to install globally.
npm install grunt-cli -g

# Spawn redis-server and start the server.
grunt redis server

Build process

Building will copy all assets and optimize all JavaScript and CSS into the local dist directory.

The tasks that run will lint, precompile, trace dependencies, concatenate, and minify all styles and scripts.


Builds out optimized, but unminified, files into the dist/debug directory.

This is a slightly deprecated mode, since source maps are now baked into the project. It will do everything up to minification to easily trace bugs.

Run this task with grunt debug.


Builds out optimized files from the dist/debug directory into the dist/release directory.

Run this task with grunt release.

Running in production

To run this project in production, you should probably not be using the Grunt server task. Since this project is purely for research purposes we'll assume it's fine for your needs (no gzip, cluster support, etc).

Run the following command to build and listen on port 80.

PORT=80 grunt release redis server:release


This is an entirely client-side application, meaning aside from the configured HTTP server and the remote API, there is no server processing. All logic is isolated to JavaScript.

Backbone Boilerplate


The foundation of the entire application structure and the deployment assets. Along with grunt-bbb the application can be tested locally and built for production with the same tool.

Backbone LayoutManager


Used for the general layout and View arrangement. Is also used to facilitate re-rendering and collection lists. One single layout is created throughout the lifespan of the application and instead the individual regions are updated.