Review: Backbone.js Patterns and Best Practices

I was fortunate enough to receive a review copy of Backbone.js Patterns and Best Practices directly from the author. It’s a decent book, and a great ‘next step’ for anyone thats a budding Backbone developer that has got the basics down and wants to take their skills to the next level.

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Week in Review – 5/24/13

While I continue to work on the mobile application I’m creating for work, I rewrote the entire framework so that its much better organized. I also decided to integrate Marionette.js which was absolutely worth while. It took a little bit to figure it out, but the savings in time after the fact are huge! Writing simple views and collections now is a no brainer (almost to the point that I feel bad because it feels like cheating! [Read More]

Building a web app using Backbone.js and require.js – Part 1

A few requests for the full source code for this project have been made. Please feel free to download the full project files via this repo: At the end of last year I set some goals for myself, one of which was to start using and become proficient in Backbone.js. I’ll be honest in saying that I struggled for a bit to really wrap my head around everything that was going on. [Read More]

Building a web app using Backbone.js and require.js – Part 2

This post is the conclusion to the article Building a web app using Backbone.js and require.js – Part 1. Please be sure to read that article first before proceeding. In my previous post, we discussed the original idea for the project, outlined what its supposed to do, and started dissecting the project’s main.js and app.js files. Both of those files frequently referred to the “Games” Backbone view and collection, but never really explained them. [Read More]

Raging Backbone.js coding and blog relaunch!

I continue to plug away at my Backbone.js project (rewriting from scratch basically). I’ve hit a shitload of road blocks, but most of them were related to my having to completely rethink how to handle a certain area or aspect to make it more efficient – and then wrap my head around how to accomplish this new concept using Backbone.js. I would say its taken me probably a solid 4-6 nights of coding to get to the point that I don’t feel utterly lost and coding is coming more fluent now (versus stutters as with most new languages/concepts). [Read More]

First Backbone.js app, layoffs, Bleeding edge .net, SFIV

I’ve been working on a Backbone.js application for a few days now, and I really feel like I’m finally getting the hang of it. I’ve run into a few snags here and there but for the most part I’ve been pushing ahead and my application is coming together nicely. I hope to do a post with the entire source code and a heavy breakdown of each area of the code and functionality. [Read More]

JavaScript books, recent projects, Line rider!, Rock climbing

I went on a bit of a shopping spree on Amazon. Besides a few Kindle books (sci-fi, etc) I grabbed a few new JavaScript books as well: JavaScript Patterns – Stoyan Stefanov Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja – John Resig, Bear Bibeault If you are looking to utterly destroy an entire afternoon (or more), definitely check out the HTML5 version of an oldie but goodie, Free Rider HD!! (also know as Canvas Rider) [Read More]

Wodify, Zen Coding, Backbone.js book, SimCity beta!

Created a super basic/handy lift calculator – I’ll use this initially during my first bunch of sessions until I get comfortable doing the math on the fly. Its just painful trying to do percentage calculations while lifting, and then breaking down those results into how many different weights you need to add to each side of the bar! This tool will compute all of that in one shot! My Crossfit box started using Wodify. [Read More] launch! DMC!!! JavaScript/Node.js/Backbone.js

Soft launched over the weekend! By soft launch, I mean, bought and setup the domain, and got a test version of the site live. Login works, and the site “works” for the most part, but is very much not ready for prime time yet. I still need to get a lot of things working and most importantly I need a basic admin for the games database. The data that’s up right now is just test seed data – while pretty solid is far from complete or even valid. [Read More]