JavaScript Framework Showdown
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JavaScript Framework Showdown

June 13, 2014 - 9:30am to 5:30pm Central Daylight Time

This workshop has already been published as a course!

JavaScript Framework Showdown

Some Key Takeaways!

By participating along with us in the workshop, you'll learn:

  • Discover how to make decision as to which framework you want to start using, using no specific bias, for your upcoming projects.
  • Discover AngularJS. You'll learn about Angular's approach to the MV* and the power behind directives, filters, and services.
  • Discover EmberJS. You'll learn about EmberJS, its opinionated take on the MV*, computed properties, Handlebars, and other cool nuances.
  • Discover BackboneJS. You'll learn about the minimalistic approach Backbone has taken to the MV* and how they can configure it to do exactly with it. In addition, we'll go over some of the ecosystem surround BackboneJS.
  • Discover ReactJS. Specifically we will go over how React and Backbone can play together nicely. We'll take an already made app, rip out the Backbone views and throw in some React views.

Your (Awesome) Instructor

Brian Holt

Brian Holt

Brian is currently working as a product manager on dev tools at Stripe and he’s all about developers, developers, developers. Previously he was a JavaScript engineer at Netflix, Microsoft and Reddit. When not working, Brian finds time to teach on Frontend Masters, run his mouth on Front End Happy Hour, travel all over the world, and play with his adorable dog. Brian is currently a resident of Seattle, WA.

Spend a Full Day Immersed With A Leading Javascript Framework Master

Workshop Details

Over the past year the rise of the MV* has been meteoric. It seems you cannot go more than a few sentences discussing JavaScript without mentioning Angular or Ember. It also is certainly not without merit JavaScript can greatly increase your productivity in client side code. Come join Brian Holt as he gives a fitting treatise to each of the four frameworks and help you understand which one is best suited to you and your next big project.

Daily Schedule

How you'll spend the day: We'll lead off by discussing why MV* have come about and why they've caught on like wildfire in the JS community. For those not familiar with the MV* paradigm, we'll have a brief discussion of what separation of concerns means and why this abstraction is useful. As someone who has to make a decision for a company about which framework to use, Brian knows how hard it is to feel like you're making an informed decision. In the end, he didn't make an informed decision and ended up making it based on arbitrary criteria. This workshop is deliberately made so that others do not have to make this decision as Brian did.

  • 8:30AM
    Tech Check and Hello
  • 9:00AM
    Intro to JavaScript MV* and the overall different approaches of the four frameworks
  • 9:30AM
    Build an app in AngularJS
  • 10:30AM
    Deep dive into AngularJS's cool features
  • 11:00AM
    Build an app in EmberJS and Handlebars
  • 12:00PM
    Lunch and discussing the differences between Ember and Angular
  • 1:00PM
    Deep dive into EmberJS's cool features
  • 1:30PM
    Build an app in BackboneJS
  • 2:30PM
    Discuss the ecosystem around Backbone like Marionette, Thorax, and Chaplain
  • 3:00PM
    Replace the view in the Backbone app with React views
  • 4:00PM
    Wrap-up, and final overview comparison

Interact with the Instructor - Online & In-Person

Get Your Questions Answered • Code Along with the Class • Classroom Format

Is This Workshop for Me?


If you are looking to master these frameworks or you already know all of them fairly well, this class isn't really going to help. This class is essentially four introduction-to classes rolled up into one with some editorial added in. We will also not be discussing testing a whole lot other than a brief touch on each one. This workshop assumes an intermediate-or-above knowledge of JavaScript. We'll be discussing the frameworks, not the language or syntax of JS. Experience in MVC of any sort (be it server-side like Rails or django) or one of these frameworks is helpful but not required. You will not walk away from this workshop being able to code proficiently in all four of these frameworks. Rather, this workshop will help you make an informed decision on which of these frameworks is worth pursuing for you. You will know many of the nuances, highlights, and pitfalls of each framework and hopefully which one feels the best suited to your task.

Event Details


One Full Day Workshop Session

Replay Videos (available immediately)


June 13, 2014 - 9:30am to 5:30pm Central Daylight Time


Option 1: Attend online on our full HD live stream

Option 2: Attend in-person at HQ in Minneapolis, MN