Ember, Angular, Backbone, Single Page Applications and APIs

I was looking through Steve Willmott's slide deck from his talk at GlueCon this week, called The API- & App-ification of the Web.

He talks about the evolution towards Single Page Web Applications (SPA). Which is the migration from static web pages and database driven web apps to dynamically driven HTML, CSS and JavaScript apps designed using popular JavaScript frameworks and libraries like:

Single page applications have benefits like speed, no page reloads, mobile optimization, real-time pushes, notifications and they just look freak'n cool. But there are also downsides like needing some healthy JavaScript talent to maintain, SEO issues and a general deviation from the linked, document driven web we are used to.

The popularity of frameworks and libraries like Ember, Angular and Backbone, and the Single Page Application approach isn't something just developers are noticing. Some top platforms are seeing the potential, and providing code and toolkits for integrating using Ember, Angular and Backbone:

With the popularity of JavaScript libraries and frameworks, and growing number of SPAs, there is a huge opportunity for API providers to offer API driven libraries and widgets that are plug and play with frameworks like Angular and Ember, and are compatible with libraries like Backbone.

As I monitor the API space I will continue looking for examples of APIs doing interesting things with Ember, Angular and Backbone. Let me know if you see anything I should take a look at.

Disclosure:  3Scale is an API Evangelist partner