Binding a Backbone Model to a Marionette ItemView - blocking .fetch()?

Question!

This is a 2 part question. 1) Is there a better way to render a model to a view asynchronously? I'm currently making the ajax request using the fetch method in the model (though I'm calling it explicitly upon initilization), then rendering the templated view using an application event, vent, which gets published from inside the model after the parse method is called. Cool but wonky? 2) Would a blocking fetch method be of use, and is it possible?

The application renders this to the page:

layout
navbar
index

Then it fetches the model and renders this:

layout
navbar
thing
1
something
somethingelse

But, if I don't use the vent trigger, it (expectedly) renders:

layout
navbar
thing
1
null
null

The html templates:

<!-- Region: NavBar -->
<script type="text/template" id="template-navbar">
   <div id="navbar">
      navbar
   </div>
</script>

<!-- View: IndexView -->
<script type="text/template" id="template-index">
   <div id="index">
      index
   </div>
</script>

<!-- View: ThingView -->
<script type="text/template" id="template-thing">
   <div id="thing">
      thing<br/>
      <%= id %><br/>
      <%= valOne %><br/>
      <%= valTwo %><br/>
   </div>
</script>

<!-- Region -->
<div id="default-region">
  <!-- Layout -->
  <script type="text/template" id="template-default">
     layout
     <div id="region-navbar">
     </div>
     <div id="region-content">
     </div>
  </script>
</div>

app.js:

window.App = { }

# Region
class RegionContainer extends Backbone.Marionette.Region
  el: '#default-region'   
  # Called on the region when the view has been rendered
  onShow: (view) ->
    console.log 'onShow RegionContainer'

App.RegionContainer = RegionContainer

# Layout
class DefaultLayout extends Backbone.Marionette.Layout
  template: '#template-default'  
  regions:
    navbarRegion: '#region-navbar'
    contentRegion: '#region-content'
  onShow: (view) ->
    console.log 'onShow DefaultLayout'

App.DefaultLayout = DefaultLayout

# NavBar (View)
class NavBar extends Backbone.Marionette.ItemView
  template: '#template-navbar'    
  initialize: () ->
    console.log 'init App.NavBar'

App.NavBar = NavBar

# Index View
class IndexView extends Backbone.Marionette.ItemView
  template: '#template-index'  
  initialize: () ->
    console.log 'init App.IndexView'

App.IndexView = IndexView

# Thing View
class ThingView extends Backbone.Marionette.ItemView
  template: '#template-thing'  
  model: null
  initialize: () ->
    console.log 'init App.ThingView'
  events:
    'click .test_button button': 'doSomething'
  doSomething: () ->
    console.log 'ItemView event -> doSomething()'

App.ThingView = ThingView

# Thing Model
class Thing extends Backbone.Model
  defaults:
    id: null
    valOne: null
    valTwo: null
  url: () ->
    '/thing/' + @attributes.id
  initialize: (item) ->
    console.log 'init App.Thing'
    @fetch()
  parse: (resp, xhr) ->
    console.log 'parse response: ' + JSON.stringify resp 
    # resp: {"id":"1","valOne":"something","valTwo":"somethingelse"}
    @attributes.id = resp.id
    @attributes.valOne = resp.valOne
    @attributes.valTwo = resp.valTwo
    console.log 'Thing: ' + JSON.stringify @
    @
    App.MyApp.vent.trigger 'thingisdone' 

App.Thing = Thing

# App
$ ->

  # Create application, allow for global access
  MyApp = new Backbone.Marionette.Application()
  App.MyApp = MyApp

  # RegionContainer
  regionContainer = new App.RegionContainer

  # DefaultLayout
  defaultLayout = new App.DefaultLayout
  regionContainer.show defaultLayout

  # Views
  navBarView = new App.NavBar
  indexView = new App.IndexView

  # Show defaults
  defaultLayout.navbarRegion.show navBarView
  defaultLayout.contentRegion.show indexView

   # Allow for global access
  App.defaultRegion = regionContainer
  App.defaultLayout = defaultLayout

  # Set default data for MyQpp (can't be empty?)
  data = 
    that: 'this'

  # On application init...
  App.MyApp.addInitializer (data) ->
    console.log 'init App.MyApp'

    # Test
    App.modelViewTrigger = ->
      console.log 'trigger ajax request via model, render view'
      App.MyApp.vent.trigger 'show:thing' 

    App.timeoutInit = ->
      console.log 'init timeout'
      setTimeout 'App.modelViewTrigger()', 2000

    App.timeoutInit()

    # Event pub/sub handling
    App.MyApp.vent.on 'show:thing', ->
      console.log 'received message -> show:thing'
      thing = new App.Thing(id: '1')
      App.thingView = new App.ThingView(model: thing)
      # I should be able to do this, but it renders null
      # App.defaultLayout.contentRegion.show App.thingView

    # Testing to see if I could pub from inside model..yes!
    App.MyApp.vent.on 'thingisdone', ->
      console.log 'received message -> thingisdone'
      App.defaultLayout.contentRegion.show App.thingView

  MyApp.start data


Answers

See Derick's new suggestion to tackle this common problem at: https://github.com/marionettejs/backbone.marionette/blob/master/upgradeGuide.md#marionetteasync-is-no-longer-supported

In short, move the asynchronous code away from your views, which means you need to provide them with models whose data has already been fetched. From the example in Marionette's upgrade guide:

 Marionette.Controller.extend({
  showById: function(id){
    var model = new MyModel({
      id: id
    });

    var promise = model.fetch();

    $.when(promise).then(_.bind(this.showIt, this));
  },

  showIt: function(model){
    var view = new MyView({
      model: model
    });

    MyApp.myRegion.show(view);
  }
});


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