I've seen 2 different approaches with MVC on the web.
One, like in ExtJS, is to bind the callbacks to the view via the controller. Finding every element on the view and adding the functionallity.
The other, like in angular.js and in the lift framework, is to bind in the views and just write the functionallity in the controller.
Which is better and cleaner?
The ExtJS approach has dumb views and all the logic in the controller which seems clean to me. I had problems with global IDs for GUI-elements or relative navigation to GUI-elements in this approach. When I changed the view, the controller couldn't find the buttons anymore or I had multiple instances of one button with the same ID on a single application, because of the global ID.
But I solved this with IDs that are only global in a view and can be on the application multiple times. So I could mess with the (dumb) views layout and design and the functionality wouldn't break.
The angular.js approach with the bindings in the view doesn't have the problem with global IDs. Also, the person who changes something in the view layout has to know the IDs anyway, so the controller can put the data at the right spot.
So if I write
<a ng-click="doThis()" />
for angular.js and implement
<a lid="buttonwhichdoesthis" />
for extjs and find the element with the local id and add
doThis() as the handler on the controller side, it seems to not be so different.
The only thing is, the second one has one more layer of indirection, which seems cleaner.
The first one seems less effort.