A Thorough Introduction to MarionetteJS on Smashing Magazine

MarionetteJS on Smashing Magazine and more!Hey everyone. I’m sorry that I’ve been neglecting you all so much. I can’t believe it’s been two months since I last posted something on here. In short, I’ve been very busy. I’ve written several articles for other blogs, and that’s actually what this post is all about. If you’re not following some of these blogs, you may have been missing out on some of my work. So here’s what I wrote in my absence from this website.

Smashing Magazine

This is the site I prefer to write for. There are three reasons for that:

  1. They were the first blog that accepted me as a guest blogger and pay me for it.
  2. They pay better than the other blogs that have paid me
  3. The first post I gave to them was the first part of a large series, and I really want to get through that series.

The series mentioned in the third point is about MarionetteJS (originally called Backbone.Marionette when I first started the series). I’ve mentioned Marionette before on this site, but I’ve yet to get into any real details about it. If you’re looking to have huge chunks of information on MarionetteJS dropped on your head, then here’s a great place to look. The only problem is that the series is barely started and I’m pretty slow about getting the new posts out. At the very least, I can get you started, though. Here are the posts:

That third post is in the final stages of the process, so it should be going live soon.


Really?! If you’ve read some of my older posts, you may have heard me complain about Nettuts+. These complaints were largely about not receiving replies back to several emails. Well, I finally got a reply back, so I wrote something up for them. Admittedly not my best work, but it makes the cut. It’s titled “Make Backbone Better With Extensions“. It shouldn’t be too horribly long before I write for them again.

Kendo UI

At one point, Derick Bailey – the creator of MarionetteJS – got in touch with me and asked me to write something up for the Kendo UI blog. I decided to write a reaction article to the reactions of one of my recent articles. Yea, that’s a mouthful. In other words, I wrote a post that showed a little bit about how promises work while I compared them to event-based architectures. Numerous people argued that I was missing the point of promises, and they each showed off what they thought the point was. Considering, these examples were supposed to show “the point”, there seemed to be a LOT of variation in people’s opinions.

In reaction to this, I wrote a post titled “What’s the Point Of Promises?” It’s actually one of my all-time favorite articles, so I’m somewhat glad it got placed on a blog with a bit more exposure, but I’m also sad that I couldn’t showcase it here on my own blog. I guess this is sorta my chance to do that.

Adobe Developer Connection

A long time ago, on an internet very very close by, I wrote for ADC (Adobe Developer Connection). It was just a few posts that basically reiterated my design patterns series from here.

I didn’t write about every design pattern that I included on this site, but I got a majority of them.

Flippin Awesome

This is a new blog. ADC stopped publishing posts on their blog, so Brian Rinaldi, one of the guys working on ADC, decided to create his own blog to replace it. Just today, I got a new post published on there titled “The Future of JavaScript… Now!“. It’s about how you can take advantage of the new features in ES6 (or other languages that host more/better features than JavaScript) and compile it down to JavaScript so it can be used on the web today.


Though you may not have seen much of me on here, I’ve been pretty busy, including working on my Minecraft Server Manager project. I promise to say hi a little more often on this blog, if only just to let you know that I’ve published a new post on another blog. God bless and happy coding!

About the Author

Author: Joe Zim

Joe Zim

Joe Zimmerman has been doing web development ever since he found an HTML book on his dad's shelf when he was 12. Since then, JavaScript has grown in popularity and he has become passionate about it. He also loves to teach others though his blog and other popular blogs. When he's not writing code, he's spending time with his wife and children and leading them in God's Word.

  • remotesynth

    Thanks again for the contribution to Flippin’ Awesome! You are a great writer, so keep up the good work.

    On another note, I am working on ways to find the resources to pay authors for their original contributions. Right now, the site costs me money out of pocket, so it’s tough to do, but if I can manage some sponsorship (which I am working on getting), that may change. Fingers crossed.

    • http://www.joezimjs.com Joe Zimmerman

      I wish you the best of luck with that. The only real money I’m making with this site is off of YouTube ads and that’s not a whole lot either, but at least it’s enough that I don’t need to support the site out of pocket.

  • Kiran Kashalkar

    Hi Joe. Thanks for your posts on Smashing Magazine. They are very helpful. I am looking forward to Part 3 of the series. Any idea when it will go live?


    • http://www.joezimjs.com Joe Zimmerman

      Probably never. SM and I had a talk and we decided to turn the series into a book instead. I doubt they’ll put anything on the site with large excerpts or anything, but if you enjoyed the first two posts, then I would definitely recommend the book. I should be finished writing the first draft in a few days, so I assume the book will be published some time in the first quarter of 2014.

      Sorry you weren’t able to see the 3rd post up on SM.

      • Kiran Kashalkar

        Thanks Joe. Looking forward to the book