Category Archives: Books

4 Sci-Fi Novels That You Have To Read

A few months ago, I posted a short list of sci-fi novels worth reading. It was a bit of an experiment for me to post that, since this is a technical blog. But the post seemed to be popular – … Continue reading 

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On The Value Of GateKeepers In Publishing

Cal Newport recently wrote a blog post questioning the value of ignoring gatekeepers in the publishing world. He took a quote from a podcast about self-publishing, and ran with it in the other direction. The original quote is: The podcast … Continue reading 

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Building An Email List Component With BackboneJS

In my post about re-launching myself in to the independent life, I talked a little bit about restarting my effort to complete my Building Backbone Plugins eBook. I’ve already started down the path, reviewing existing chapters and beginning to fill … Continue reading 

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How I Met My Dream Job, Left It, And Why I’m Returning To Build Products And Services

Something I heard recently seems appropriate right about now: “What’s the worst time to look for a job? When you need one.”    – (one of the presenters at CodeMash, 2014) There, And Back Again In 2010, I stumbled my … Continue reading 

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Prototypes, Constructor Functions And Taxidermy

When overriding the base `Backbone.View` to create your own view types from the base views, there are some issues that you may run in to with inheritance. The inheritance of constructor functions can be broken in strange ways, and code … Continue reading 

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Prosthetics And Orthotics: Building Backbone Plugins

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…  It was almost a year ago that I announced a book on building Backbone.js plugins. Since then… nothing. Well I finally got tired of sitting on it and over the … Continue reading 

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Backbone Fundamentals, Intro To Marionette, TodoMVC, And More

I’m very happy to announce that this week’s addition to Addy Osmani’s Backbone Fundamentals book is a chapter on Marionette! I was lucky enough to be able to contribute a large portion of the chapter to the book, including a … Continue reading 

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I’m Wring A Book On Building Backbone Plugins

A few weeks ago I published a screencast on building Backbone plugins (paid). In this screencast, I walk and talk through the steps that I take to build, test, package and deploy some of the plugins and projects that I build … Continue reading 

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Dipping into C

I decided on Monday that I should learn C. Cultivate a nodding acquaintance, at any rate. Louis is always prodding me to become a better craftsman, to become more proficient with my tools. So I figured I should understand my … Continue reading 

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Book Reviews – Release It! and RESTful Web Services Cookbook

I’ve recently been doing a lot more reading and wanted to recommend two excellent books. First is Release It!, put simply I think every developer should read it as it’s full of good patterns/advice/anti-patterns related to ensuring your software behaves … Continue reading 

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