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Book Review: Technical Blogging

Technical Blogging: Turn Your Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence

I think it’s safe to say most developers would like to have a successful blog. After all, a blog is great way to develop a personal brand. Personally, I’ve attempted and failed many times over the years. If you’re anything like me, you’ve always felt a bit paralyzed by how much work maintaining a successful online presences is. Meaning I would have to worry about marketing, SEO, social media, readership, engagement, comments, and oh, of course, actually writing quality content. Luckily for us, this book puts together a series of simple, straight forward, and easy steps that will take you from nothing to a well-built blog (like this one, of course!).

Handling Permalinks in Backbone.js With Routers

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One of the missing features in my prototype was handling of permalinks. To make things easy, I originally removed all the routes and added click handlers instead. In retrospect that was a mistake. Instead of having the app logic tangled up with click handlers, it would have been much more straightforward to define routes and use links.

Here’s the demo and source

How to (Easily) Handle Model Relationships in Rails and Backbone.js

While playing around with Backbone.js, I couldn’t find an easy way to build an app that used the RESTful hierarchy of my models. I think Spine’s implementation is fairly straightforward.

I did find a relevant active project, but for my specific case the added complexity of an additional component and dependency didn’t seem justified. Rails already does the hard part for me, I just need Backbone to call the correct Urls.

I wanted to learn more about Backbone, so I prototyped a very basic project management app using Rails and Backbone called Trackbone that I’ll walk through in this post.