At the Forge - Backbone.js
Listing 1. appointments.html
Although this column obviously didn't go into great depth about Backbone.js, one shortcoming in this application should have been obvious. What happens when the user wants to store data? Right now, the appointment calendar is not only simple-minded in its interface and execution (for example, there's no way to look at just today's appointments, let alone remove or edit existing ones), but it also fails to provide persistent storage.
The home page for Backbone.js is on GitHub, at documentcloud.github.com/backbone. This page points not only to the code, but also to some tutorials and documentation. In a step that I hope many other authors will follow, the authors of Backbone.js put up a copy of the source code, thoroughly commented in a beautiful format, at documentcloud.github.com/backbone/docs/backbone.html.
A number of tutorials and blog postings describe how to do interesting things with Backbone.js. A short and to-the-point tutorial is at www.plexical.com/blog/2010/11/18/backbone-js-tutorial.
Finally, an excellent two-part tutorial on Backbone.js is available at liquidmedia.ca/blog/2011/01/backbone-js-part-1 and liquidmedia.ca/blog/2011/01/an-intro-to-backbone-js-part-2-controllers-and-views.
Reuven M. Lerner is a longtime Web developer, architect and trainer. He is a PhD candidate in learning sciences at Northwestern University, researching the design and analysis of collaborative on-line communities. Reuven lives with his wife and three children in Modi'in, Israel.
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