Simple Marionette.js Model, Collection and CollectionView Example

This is a simple example of using Backbone.js models and collections, and the Marionette.js ItemView and CollectionView. Here is the Javascript:

/* create a new instance of the Marionette app */
var app = new Backbone.Marionette.Application();

/* add the initial region which will contain the app */
	/* reference to container element in the HTML file */
	appRegion: '#AppBase'

/* define a module to keep the code modular */
app.module('App',function(module, App, Backbone, Marionette, $, _){
	/* definition for book model, with default example of data structure */
	module.BookModel = Backbone.Model.extend({
		defaults: {
			title: '',
			authorFirst: '',
			authorLast: ''

	/* definition for book collection */
	module.BookCollection = Backbone.Collection.extend({
		/* set model type used for this collection */
		model: module.BookModel,

		/* comparator determines how collection is sorted */
		comparator: 'authorLast'

	/* definition for individual item view */
	module.BookItemView = Marionette.ItemView.extend({
		tagName: 'li',

		/* set the template used to display this view */
		template: '#itemView-template',

		/* used to show the order in which these method are called */
		initialize: function(){ console.log('BookItemView: initialize >>> ' + this.model.get('title')) },
		onRender: function(){ console.log('BookItemView: onRender >>> ' + this.model.get('title')) },
		onShow: function(){ console.log('BookItemView: onShow >>> ' + this.model.get('title')) }

	/* definition for collection view */
	module.BookCollectionView = Marionette.CollectionView.extend({
		tagName: 'ul',

		/* explicitly set the childview (formerly 'itemView') used to display the models in this collection */
		childView: module.BookItemView,

		initialize: function(){ console.log('BookCollectionView: initialize') },
		onRender: function(){ console.log('BookCollectionView: onRender') },
		onShow: function(){ console.log('BookCollectionView: onShow') }

	/* define a view; in this case a 'LayoutView' (formerly 'Layout') */
	module.AppLayoutView = Marionette.LayoutView.extend({
		/* the auto-generated element which contains this view */
		tagName: 'div',

		/* id attribute for the auto-generated container element */
		id: 'AppContainer',

		/* reference to the template which will be rendered for this view */
		template: '#layout-template',

		/* define the regions within this layout, into which we will load additional views */
		regions: {
			'RegionOne' : '#regionOne'

		/* called when the view initializes, before it displays */
		initialize: function() {
			console.log('main layout: initialize');

		/* called when view renders in the DOM. This is a good place to 
			add nested views, because the views need existing DOM elements
			into which to be rendered. */
		onRender: function() {
			console.log('main layout: onRender');
			/* create an array of books using anonymouse objects;
				the objects have the same structure as in the 'defaults'
				attribute of the module.BookModel definition */
			var bookArray = [];
			bookArray.push({title: 'Wolf',authorLast: 'Harrison', authorFirst: 'Jim'});
			bookArray.push({title: 'The Theory and Practice of Rivers', authorLast: 'Snyder', authorFirst: 'Gary'});
			bookArray.push({title: 'Weather Central',authorLast: 'Kooser', authorFirst: 'Ted'});
			bookArray.push({title: 'Losing Season',authorLast: 'Ridl', authorFirst: 'Jack'});
			bookArray.push({title: 'Mornings Like This',authorLast: 'Dillard', authorFirst: 'Annie'});

			/* create a collection using the array of anonymous objects */
			var bookCollection = new module.BookCollection(bookArray);

			/* create new instance of the collection view using the bookCollection */
			var bookCollectionView = new module.BookCollectionView({collection: bookCollection});

			/* display the collection view in region 1 */;

		/* called when the view displays in the UI */
		onShow: function() {
			console.log('main layout: onShow');

	/* Tell the module what to do when it is done loading */
		/* create a new instance of the layout from the module */
		var layout = new module.AppLayoutView();

		/* display the layout in the region defined at the top of this file */;

/* once the DOM initializes, start the app */
$(document).ready(function() {app.start();});

And here is the HTML, including the templates used by the Marionette views.

<!doctype html>
		<title>Backbone/Marionette basic setup with nested views</title>
		<style type="text/css">
		body {
			background: #ffffff;
		#AppBase {
			width: 400px;
			margin: 10px auto;
			padding: 0;
			outline: 1px solid #808080;
		#AppContainer {
			width: 400px;
			margin: 0;
			padding: 0;
		h1 {
			margin: 0;
			padding: 0;
			text-align: center;
			border-bottom: 1px solid #808080;
		ul {
			margin: 1em 0 0 0;
			list-style-type: none;
			width: 400px;
		li {
			margin-bottom: .5em;
			padding: 0 0 .5em 1em;
			border-bottom: 1px solid #dedede;
		<!-- Base element for app -->
			Dont use the BODY element as the base because when the app renders in the BODY
			it will wipe out the template files before the views can pick them up 
		<div id="AppBase"></div>

		<!-- TEMPLATES -->
		<!-- main layout template -->
		<script type="text/template" id="layout-template">
			<h1>Main Template</h1>
			<div id="regionOne"></div>

		<!-- bookItemView template -->
		<!-- This used the Underscore templating system, which is built into Marionette.js -->
		<script type="text/template" id="itemView-template">
			<span><b>Title</b>: <%- title %></span><br/>
			<span><b>Author</b>: <%- authorLast %>, <%- authorFirst %></span>

		<!-- libraries -->
		<script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery-1.10.2.min.js"></script>
		<script type="text/javascript" src="js/underscore.js"></script>
		<script type="text/javascript" src="js/backbone.js"></script>
		<script type="text/javascript" src="js/backbone.marionette.js"></script>

		<!-- app code -->
		<script type="text/javascript" src="js/script.js"></script>

Here are links to the code libraries used to create this example: