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Every JavaScript UI/GUI/MV* developer needs to read this article 10 times. It's such a classic piece of work. I've read it and referenced it more times than I can count.
 
"At the heart of MVC, and the idea that was the most influential to later frameworks, is what I call Separated Presentation. The idea behind Separated Presentation is to make a clear division between domain objects that model our perception of the real world, and presentation objects that are the GUI elements we see on the screen. Domain objects should be completely self contained and work without reference to the presentation, they should also be able to support multiple presentations, possibly simultaneously. This approach was also an important part of the Unix culture, and continues today allowing many applications to be manipulated through both a graphical and command-line interface."

http://martinfowler.com/eaaDev/uiArchs.html
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