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September 23, 2012

Peter Bell’s talk on Next Generation Web Apps using Backbone.js at #StrangeLoop

Filed under: Uncategorized — Charles Engelke @ 5:47 pm

I don’t expect to have as many notes here as at my last session, because I’ll be trying to code the examples as we go. Also, the conference network is completely worthless; I’m using a Verizon MiFi, but my PC keeps dropping the connection (probably because the Apple device doesn’t like talking to a Samsung one).

We’re starting with an overview of all the well-known JavaScript MVC-ish frameworks. There are a lot of them. But at this point, I want to learn about Backbone, not frameworks in general. And we eventually get there.

We start with routers, which tell which JavaScript function should be invoked for various URLs. For example, the view for “about” would be a specific function that would be invoked when the URL ended in “#about”. We move on to views and models.

After some general overview, we start working on an example, the ToDoMVC app from Addy Osmani. At which point we start looking at tiny text in the presenter’s editor, as he tries to find his way around the example.

And, we’re at the break, and I’m leaving. This talk has been disjointed and confusing; I can browse through the example code by myself. Maybe I can sneak into the second half of another session.


  1. I found your blog from 2008 about the BRIEF editor. I am still using BRIEF 3,1 in DOS mode on a Windows XP machine. After a virus attack, I found that a BRIEF macro I used was gone. I hope you might have a copy of Jacob Colman’s add-on macro named EXTSRCH. If you do, I would like a copy of this macro’s source, menu and text files. I will pay a reasonable fee for the copy.

    Comment by Joe Sanders — November 3, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    • Sorry, no. I don’t have any third-party Brief macros.

      Comment by Charles Engelke — November 3, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

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