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Backbone Persistence


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by Geoffrey Grosenbach. Graphics by Paula Lavalle. Music by Giles Bowkett.

Previously: Backbone Part I Backbone Part II

Backbone.js is a capable framework for building client-side applications. But even with method-by-method documentation, the details of how to actually build full-featured, useful applications can be elusive.

Complete your knowledge of Backbone by learning about data persistence in this screencast! In this video tutorial you’ll learn how to use Backbone.js to create and modify data on a server.

You’ll understand Backbone’s default URLs and how to modify them to match your server’s API. You’ll learn to implement useful features such as “undo” with the right mix of client-side and server-side code. You’ll learn to work around errors and provide the best user interface.

And the demo application uses the increasingly popular CoffeeScript! Even more popular than Backbone, CoffeeScript simplifies syntax and adds powerful features. Backbone applications can be written in JavaScript, but this application benefits from the syntactical and functional capabilities of CoffeeScript.

Topics covered include:

  • Basic Persistence
  • Forms
  • Validation
  • Sorting
  • Undo
  • Routing and URLs
  • Handling Errors

We’ve been writing Backbone applications over the last 9 months and have learned a lot about how to do it well. Get up to speed with this screencast!

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Includes a typed transcript and full code samples.


You’ll do best if you’ve seen the first two screencasts in this series. CoffeeScript is used for the demo application.

A Ruby web server is included for running the sample code and a simple API.

Revision 1 (Notes) · Updated: Nov 23, 2011 · Length: 78 min · 140 MB

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