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#Backbone.js or standard #Rails? How @pivotallabs chooses between them when starting a new project.

(Note: For most of this article, feel free to mentally substitute Ember, Angular, or your JS framework of choice for Backbone. Backbone’s just the popular one right now.) At Pivotal Labs we do a lot of web-based projects. Usually, it’s a pretty easy choice to use Rails for the back-end. Not only is it a battle-tested framework, but we’ve developed a lot of expertise over the years. However, many times there’s a question when we start building the front-end: “Backbone or standard Rails?” I’ll say right now that there’s no “right” answer here. However, here’s a few things to consider that might help you make a decision. 1. Do you need SEO? If your project needs any kind of SEO, or for content to be crawlable/scrapable, do NOT start with a single-page Javascript app. While Google supposedly crawls using JS, it’s certainly not perfect. Every other crawler or scraper out there ...

Full article: http://pivotallabs.com/choosing-backbone-vs-rails/

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