Great Lakes Software Symposium

November 8 - 10, 2013

Backbone Workshop

Sunday - Nov 10 9:00 AM - Marlborough

Nathaniel Schutta

Nathaniel Schutta

Architect as a Service

You may have noticed today's web applications involve more than a few lines of JavaScript. You've probably also figured out JavaScript lacks certain…features…that make writing non-trivial applications more challenging. How do we resolve this conundrum? Luckily for us, we can leverage libraries like Backbone add some structure to our code. Backbone brings the concepts of the model view controller pattern we've applied to the server for years to the browser.

In this workshop, we'll introduce the idea of asynchronous user interfaces and show how Backbone helps us write that style of application. We'll work our way up from the bottom building a simple application along the way. We'll create models, we'll use a templating library (or two) and we'll also explore Underscore - a JavaScript utility belt you can use right now today without committing to building MVC style web applications.

If you're struggling to manage an increasing amount of JavaScript or you want to build more responsive web applications, this workshop can help!

Workshop Requirements

This session is a workshop. Please come prepared.

For this workshop you should have:

  • Laptop
  • Text editor or IDE
  • One or more “modern” (Chrome, Safari, etc) browser

Optionally, you can have Git installed but it isn't required. Before the workshop, take a minute to setup the code somewhere on your laptop. The code is on github:

You can clone the repo from there or simply download a zip if you prefer. That's it! See you in Florida!

About Nathaniel Schutta

Nathaniel T. Schutta is a software architect focused on cloud computing and building usable applications. A proponent of polyglot programming, Nate has written multiple books, appeared in various videos and speaks regularly at conferences worldwide, No Fluff Just Stuff symposia, meetups, universities, and user groups. In addition to his day job, Nate is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota where he teaches students to embrace dynamic languages. In an effort to rid the world of bad presentations, Nate coauthored the book Presentation Patterns with Neal Ford and Matthew McCullough.