In my last blog post, I built a basic “Hello World” app using the Slim Framework.

Today, I decided to take a look at the tutorial provided by Luka Peharda on Code Forest called Creating simple tasks app with Backbone.js and Slim micro framework.

It’s a good tutorial, although in my opinion, the author assumes that the reader has more knowledge than they actually might. I found phrases like “Project entity routes are analog to this so we’ll skip it.” quite frustrating. I don’t even know that means. I have no idea what he skipped.

Then there is this: “I won’t go through what Backbone is and why and where you should use it. If you are reading this article then you already know this stuff.” Wrong. Until I started this tutorial, I had never even heard of Backbone.js. As I write this, I still don’t really know what it is yet.

Now I need to say that I appreciate the tutorial, and I am by no means complaining. The fact that I don’t know some of the things referred to in this tutorial just means I have a lot more learning to do.

What I wanted to do here is list the dependancies which were generated as a result of reading this tutorial. It seems that in order to fully understand this tutorial, I’m going to need to learn:

Slim (what I originally set out to learn)

NotORM (Never heard of it before)

Backbone.js (Never heard of this either)

Underscore.js (Apparently Backbone.js depends upon this!)

That’s a lot to grasp! But, no one ever said that programming was easy. (Well, I’m sure it’s been said, but you know what I mean!)

So I’m going to start at the bottom of that stack, and try to grasp each concept. Hopefully when I get back to the top, and continue the tutorial, it’ll all make good sense, and I’ll have a few more tools in my belt.

Thanks again to Luka and Code Forest for providing the tutorial. I appreciate you stretching my knowledge!


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  • May 29, 2013 at 2:23 am

    Kenny, my series of articles assumes some knowledge of Backbone.js (and its related libraries) because they were intended for users wanting to learn more of Backbone.js, not for those starting to learn.

    Also feel free to aks any question in the comment section I’d be more than willing to help.

    • May 29, 2013 at 11:55 am

      Yes, I realize that now. 🙂 I’m glad I found it though. It introduced me to some new stuff I had never heard of before. Thanks again!

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