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The idea of skipping Rails and learning Backbone instead makes no sense unless you just wanted to be a front-end guy all along. You still need a backend. Whether you like Rails' style of backend or prefer something like Sinatra is up to you, but you need something on the backend, and Rails is still a very strong contender.



If you are doing a heavy front end, you should avoid something heavy on the backend like Rails. It will only get in the way. Something like Flask, Rack, Grape or Restify is a better option for the server-side component.




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