Tag Archives: backbone.js

Full Stack JavaScript

My new book Full Stack JavaScript (my 4th traditionally-published book) comes with a series of screencast videos for better immersion in a wonderful and mesmerizing world of Node.js, Backbone and MongoDB. It’s a one thing to read through the text and another to follow up with dynamic videos which walk you through the book’s projects.

Full Stack JavaScript

Full Stack JavaScript

The videos and the source code are open source, meaning they are publicly available. Therefore, you don’t have to buy a book—you can just watch the 14 videos on YouTube (playlist) and go through the code on GitHub (repository).

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JavaScript and Node FUNdamentals is Finished

JavaScript and Node FUNdamentals: A Collection of Essential Basics is a short read to brush up and refresh JavaScript and Node.js topics including frameworks like CoffeeScript, Backbone.js and Express.js. The motto of the book is “If it’s not fun, it’s not JavaScript.

JavaScript and Node FUNdamentals: A Collection of Essential Basics

JavaScript and Node FUNdamentals: A Collection of Essential Basics

JavaScript and Node FUNdamentals has these chapters:

  1. JavaScript FUNdamentals: The Powerful and Misunderstood Language of The Web
  2. CoffeeScript FUNdamentals: The Better JavaScript
  3. Backbone.js FUNdamentals: The Cornerstone of JavaScript MV* Frameworks
  4. Node.js FUNdamentals: JavaScript on The Server
  5. Express.js FUNdamentals: The Most Popular Node.js Framework

The book is available on Amazon.com (Kindle) and LeanPub (MOBI, PDF, EPUB).

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Rapid Prototyping with JS: Agile JavaScript Development is done with v0.5 (1.0RC)!

Rapid Prototyping with JS: Agile JavaScript Development

Rapid Prototyping with JS: Agile JavaScript Development

This is a release candidate for 1.0 version which is going to be available to public in print. Page count has increase from 151 to 211 pages (PDF), which include the following updates:

  • More digestible (smaller) code examples with better comments
  • Express.js middleware section with an example
  • Express.js + MongoDB REST API server section with an example
  • Derby section with an example
  • Grammar and typo fixes
  • Illustrations
  • Summaries in the beginning of each chapter
  • Code examples formatting fixes

Download a free chapter Intro to Backbone.js or full PDF, ePub or Mobi copy at LeanPub.

Rapid Prototyping with JS touched topics such as:

  • jQuery
  • AJAX
  • CSS and LESS
  • JSON and BSON
  • Twitter Bootstrap
  • Node.js
  • MongoDB
  • Parse.com
  • Agile methodologies
  • Git
  • Heroku, MongoHQ and Windows Azure
  • Backbone.js
  • AMD and Require.js
  • Express.js
  • Monk
  • Derby

If you need in-depth knowledge or references, they are usually one click or one Google search away.

Practical aspect included building multiple versions of the Message Board app:

  • jQuery + Parse.com JS REST API
  • Backbone and Parse.com JS SDK
  • Backbone and Node.js
  • Backbone and Node.js + MongoDB

The Message Board application has all the foundation of a typical web/mobile application: fetching data, displaying it, submitting new data. Other examples include:

  • jQuery + Twitter RESP API “Tweet Analyzer”
  • Parse.com “Save John”
  • Node.js “Hello World”
  • MongoDB “Print Collections”
  • Derby + Express “Hello World”
  • Backbone.js “Hello World”
  • Backbone.js “Apple Database”
  • Monk + Expres.js “REST API Server”

Oh My JS: The Best JavaScript Articles (https://leanpub.com/ohmyjs/) is in the works!

Rapid Prototyping with JS Update v0.4

Rapid Prototyping with JS: Agile JavaScript Developement

Link to the new copy of Rapid Prototyping with JS at https://leanpub.com/rapid-prototyping-with-js.

Rapid Prototyping with JS: Agile JavaScript Developement

Rapid Prototyping with JS: Agile JavaScript Developement


Here is a list of the update for Rapid Prototyping with JS v0.4:

  • Brand new chapter: Intro to Backbone.js
  • Re-structured table of contents (chapters and parts)
  • Extended list of resources for further reading
  • Fixed code formatting and highlighting
  • Fixed grammar, style and typos mistakes
  • Brand new book cover optimized for ebook format
  • Reduced size of ebook (faster download)
  • Inspirational quotes in each chapter
  • Updated “Basics” chapter
  • New headline “Agile JavaScript Development”
  • Extended list of ways to reach us (Twitter, Facebook, Storify, etc.)

LeanPub Updates

LeanPub changed their purchasing. Now it’s even better for readers. Anybody can “return” the book they didn’t like within 45 days and get a full refund. Word return is in double quotes because all content is Digital Right Management (DRM) free. Does it mean that somebody can buy and download a book, get their money back, but keep the copy? Yes, but they will get bad karma for that! And not like a bad karma on Hacker News but a real bad karma. Everybody else deservers authors and publishers trust and respect.


Why Backbone.js? Because a lot of people expressed desire to use it but being a framework Backbone has a learning curve. Not a steep one like Rails but still it takes time to master and learn Backbone. The new chapter “Intro to Backbone.js” will show readers how to:

  • Create Backbone architecture from scratch
  • Construct proper architecture with Routes
  • Use Collections
  • Apply Templates in Subviews
  • Split code into multiple JS files
  • Organize code into modules with AMD and Require.js
  • Optimize code for production with r.js library

Write and follow @RPJSbook.