August 01, 2012
Welcome to the month of August, or as it used to be called, Sextilis (it being the sixth month on the calendar at the time). We’ve got a new screencast series and this month’s magazine for you.
Backbone.js. If you need to know it, learn from an expert who can show you how. Derick Bailey is your man, and in this series of screencast episodes, he’ll get you up and running.
Did you know that Augustus Caesar’s real name was Octavius? For other tidbits you may not know, check out this month’s issue of PragPub magazine.
Read on for details and links.
Backbone.js is a hot topic these days, and with good reason. It powers some of the web’s most well-known applications including the LinkedIn mobile app, the Wal-Mart mobile app, rdio’s music player for both the web and their desktop clients, the Disqus commenting widget and much, much more. This little library of simple abstractions has helped to create a new generation of interactive and rich applications for the web, and it’s time for you to learn it.
In this four-part screencast series, Backbone.js expert Derick Bailey will walk you through a hands-on introduction to building an image gallery application with Backbone, from the ground up. You’ll learn how to take an existing HTML form and jQuery code base, and migrate that into a Backbone view. You’ll use models and collections to store the image information entered into the form, and display a list of images to choose from and view. You’ll build an image viewer from a list, and see how to take advantage of the browser’s forward and back buttons with routers. Server persistence of image data will let the application reload from where the user left off, and common error scenarios will be handled.
Screencast series now available from pragprog.com/screencasts/v-dback.
August PragPub Magazine
“Sometimes when you ask questions but don’t get answers, it means nobody knows the answers. At other times, though, it means nobody wants to be seen answering the questions. On this project, it was some of both.”
That’s Michael Nygard, back in this issue of PragPub with another tale of terror from the ops side. This time he shares his experience on a very big website project that went south very badly. He details the rapid response actions he took and does a post mortem on why it all went so badly and how it could have been avoided.
Also in this issue, we’re responding to a reader request for an article on “functional programming for the imperative mind.” We have two articles, in fact, because not everyone will be starting from the same place. One is about getting your feet wet in the functional programming pool, by Michael Bevilacqua-Linn. The other is a deep dive into functional programming emphasizing Haskell, by Paul Callaghan. Paul’s article kicks off a series on Haskell that will open your eyes about Haskell’s pristinely functional paradigm and about functional programming in general.
PragPub’s editor has another computer history essay in the issue, this time reflecting on the legacy (so far!) of Ted Nelson, who more or less invented the Web before the Web. Only better.
Venkat Subramaniam is here, too, wrapping up his 12-issue series on the Scala language. This installment is all about concurrency.
And as usual we have a quirky column by our own John Shade, the events calendar, and a few other Choice Bits.
Now available, free to read and share, from pragprog.com/magazines.
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