To define a model, you extend
Backbone.Model with your own properties and methods, and the framework provides ways to get and set the attributes, set up validations, serialize the object, detect if it has changed, etc. To save a valid model to the persistence layer, Backbone will delegate to its
sync function and make a relevant RESTful request (using JSON by default) to the server.
Backbone proxies to DocumentCloud’s underscore library for dealing with collections of models.
For views, create a custom view class which extends
Backbone.view, and then instantiate it, passing some options which can include the model, a collection, the HTML element, etc… You can define a
render function on the view to setup the view (with whatever flavour of templating or DOM manipulation you like), and this can be bound to model events.