Learning Angular and Backbone

This was kind of a random decision for me, but so far its been very fruitful. For a long time I was considering getting into Backbone.js. I read up on a lot of articles that compared them and while all of them were really useful, neither of them really could tell me which one was right for me, so I figured there was really only one way to go about it.

I tried to learn Angular and Backbone both

Well, sort of. I did them separately,  and I can honestly say that if you know more javascript then just jQuery it will do wonders for you. At the first time I tried i really didn’t. I understood the logic, and wrote it all the time, but more then anything I reimplemented existing snippets that I found around. For a time it was the same with PHP and SQL. Maybe thats just how you learn, but thats not the point really. I didn’t understand either and could really only slowly follow my tutorials and it felt kinda crappy.

Some time later, I decided that I was going to give it another shot, and this was after having considerable more experience with javascript, jquery and bootstrap. The community support for Angular.js had really changed a lot at this point. Now I haven’t really done anything exciting of note yet, but I took tutorials for both again, and had a much easier time.

Learn the basics first.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that learning Angular and Backbone may be really exciting, but it could potentially be very frustrating if you don’t know enough javascript to make you feel good learning it. Ultimately whatever side you stick with in the end, Angular or Backbone, Laravel or Fuel, WordPress or Joomla, its going to be way easier with a solid foundation.

On the other hand, if you’re way past all this already and just wanted a comparison chart, I’d recommend this article.


What I love about the WordPress 2015 theme

Typically, I look for my instant WordPress site needs from theme markets such as Themeforest, ElegantThemes and many more. Really, theres a whole lot to choose from but for reliability reasons I always take a good look at the themes wordpress releases. Ironically however I’ve never actually used one until now. Instead, i always just activated it to reset settings and fix errors with other themes that were causing issues, and didn’t really care for them.

I love the WordPress 2015 Theme.

And I haven’t even really used it that much yet. There a few things that I wish were different or easier, but thats more a personal preference thing. Honestly I love this theme because I love the mobile look.

I typically look for a few key things in mobile versions of my WordPress themes. You’re always going to want solid and easy to use navigation, readability, and other factors that make the website usable, but sometimes the small things are really worth it.

WordPress 2015 has an awesome yet simple mobile layout.

Primarily, in mobile the featured images are 100% width of your device while the content retains its padding. It has padding still on a larger device like a 1200 px desktop but can be easily made full if desired.

The stacked pagination at the bottom of the page in mobile is also great with the featured-image being set in the background.

Typically I’m not a fan of dropdown menu style navigation and prefer off-canvas for mobile devices, but I think the way the 2015 theme does it is excellent. Especially how it includes your widgets.

These are all pretty small things really, but its exactly what I needed to get started before I release my own theme again. For what I needed, this was excellent. Hope it does the same for you.

What do you like/dislike about it?