riot VS Backbone.js

Compare riot vs Backbone.js and see what are their differences.


Give your JS App some Backbone with Models, Views, Collections, and Events (by jashkenas)
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riot Backbone.js
5 22
14,806 28,034
0.1% -
0.0 2.7
28 days ago 4 days ago
JavaScript JavaScript
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of riot. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-12-17.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Backbone.js. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-06-17.
  • Ask HN: What are some of the most elegant codebases in your favorite language?
    37 projects | | 17 Jun 2023
  • React is 10 years old
    3 projects | | 30 May 2023
    Got it thanks for the context.

    I've read the web app and it seems to me it is just re-written in Typescript and allows JSX.

    I'm very certain Typescript and JSX will have improved the DX for Backbone like apps, but it doesn't address all of the other issues that teams had with Backbone.

    e.g. Cyclical event propagation, state stored in the DOM (i.e. appendChild is error prone in large code bases), etc.

  • Just Simply – Stop saying how simple things are in our docs
    3 projects | | 30 Apr 2023
  • The Emperor's New Library
    5 projects | | 13 Feb 2023
    What we see, a decade ago, are that many of the "popular" libraries, frameworks, and methods, not surprisingly, have gone by the wayside, a lot that have remained in current code as difficult-to-removemodernize legacy cruft (Bower, Gulp, Grunt, Backbone, Angular 1, ...), and then we have the small minority that are still here. Some that remain have had their utility lessened/questioned by platform and language improvements (jQuery, lodash, ...), but very, very few exist that are the same now as they were then. Another fun historical reference: issue #118 of "JavaScript Weekly" (February 22, 2013) includes a first link out to asm.js.
  • How To Choose The Right Framework For Your Next Node.js App.
    8 projects | | 23 Sep 2022
    Backbone.js gives structure to web applications by providing models with key-value binding and custom events, collections with a rich API of enumerable functions, views with declarative event handling, and connects it all to your existing API over a RESTful JSON interface. site Backbone.js *Backbone.js gives structure to web applications by providing models with key-value binding and custom events…*
  • Top 5 JavaScript Frameworks for Frontend in 2022
    4 projects | | 14 Jun 2022
  • Why do we need a Single Page Application? [closed]
    3 projects | /r/codehunter | 15 Mar 2022
    A lot of SPA frameworks and libraries also were developed. We can find out some of its on the internet. They are AngularJs, Reactjs, BackboneJs, DurandalJs,.. and a lot of third party components to make the Javascript coding more easy like RequireJs, Amplifyjs, BreezeJs...
  • Angular: A shift in paradigm
    3 projects | | 13 Mar 2022
    As the internet became faster, and more reliable, and as browsers unified into “evergreen” releases, developers accepted JSON to be the only shape of data needed to travel on wires. A few years back I posted a question of which was a better framework: serving fully processed HTML scripts over Ajax, or only JSON that would be populated on client-side. See, back then, populating JSON was hand crafted, before Knockout, before Backbone, and few other players I don’t recall. The thing you could use back then was Mustache-like, which -by the way- still is a favorite of mine when venturing outside of SPA zone.
  • SSGs through the ages: The 'SPAs are awesome' era
    9 projects | | 12 Feb 2022
    In the early 2010s — while Jekyll was being reinvented — web browsers were becoming ever more capable, spurring a proliferation of companies developing single-page applications. However, building single-page web applications required a level of shared data consistency that the most popular JavaScript framework at the time, JQuery, was not equipped to handle. We saw a number of frameworks tackle this problem, including Backbone, Ember, Knockout, and most popular, AngularJs. These frameworks provided a structure for creating large applications.
  • Most popular JavaScript frameworks and libraries 2021
    17 projects | | 24 Aug 2021
    Backbone - A JavaScript library with a RESTful JSON interface and is based on the MVC application design paradigm.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing riot and Backbone.js you can also consider the following projects:

Mithril.js - A JavaScript Framework for Building Brilliant Applications

Vue.js - This is the repo for Vue 2. For Vue 3, go to

Svelte - Cybernetically enhanced web apps

Element UI - A Vue.js 2.0 UI Toolkit for Web

Preact - ⚛️ Fast 3kB React alternative with the same modern API. Components & Virtual DOM.

React - The library for web and native user interfaces

Aurelia 1 - The Aurelia 1 framework entry point, bringing together all the required sub-modules of Aurelia.

Next.js - The React Framework

Stimulus - A modest JavaScript framework for the HTML you already have [Moved to:]

Alpine.js - A rugged, minimal framework for composing JavaScript behavior in your markup.