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RequireJS – Providing Structure Where None Exists

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As JavaScript is transitioning from the dark ages as a language of ridicule to a respected language of it’s own, it is obvious that some of the rough edges need polishing.

There is no rougher edge than the global namespace issue and the difficulty providing encapsulation. Even for a seemingly trivial JavaScript application, it is no longer OK to just whip up some JavaScript files and assume that you can maintain the code base as it grows. The application now lives in the browser and the amount of code you need to maintain requires modularization.

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Backbone: Orderly JavaScript

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Backbones aren’t the usual fare for tech blogs, but if you’ve been following frontend development, then you’ll have heard of Backbone.js. From their site: Backbone.js gives structure to web applications by providing models with key-value binding and custom events, collections with a rich API of enumerable functions,views with declarative event handling, and connects it all to your existing API over a RESTful JSON interface. read more »

JavaScript Development – A Year Later

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As some of you may remember, a year ago I took Q3 off to focus on building a JavaScript application. I learned a lot especially about Node.js.

Yassal and I have a pet project called FeedMe that we have worked on over the years. FeedMe implements a shopping list for us to use when doing our weekly shopping. It has had many shapes over the years; it started out as a plain Java Web application; then it changed to a REST based Scala backend with a plain JavaScript front end to go back to having a Java backend again. Now there is no Java, no Scala…just JavaScript.

The application just seemed to fall into place with Node. If you want a reasonably simple modern web application, Node is perfect. By “modern” I mean a very responsive web application typically with a JavaScript fat client. As it turns out, FeedMe now has a Node backend and a Backbone based JavaScript fat client. If anything, more work went into FeedMe this summer than last, even though there was no sabbatical this time. During the Crisp Hack Summit last weekend, Yassal and I dug deep and we’re getting close to having an actual application.

Although one man’s buzz is the next man’s old news, I think we won the buzzword bingo at the Summit. FeedMe uses the following technologies.

Yassal and I will be blogging about FeedMe and the technologies involved over the next couple of months.

The source (incomplete as it may be) can be found at: https://github.com/crispab/feedme