Backbone.js Tutorial: Deleting Lists

Alex R. Young





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Backbone.js Tutorial: Deleting Lists

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Backbone.js Tutorial: Deleting Lists

Posted by Alex R. Young on .


Before starting this tutorial, you'll need the following:

  • alexyoung / dailyjs-backbone-tutorial at commit 0953c5d
  • The API key from part 2
  • The "Client ID" key from part 2
  • Update app/js/config.js with your keys (if you've checked out my source)

To check out the source, run the following commands (or use a suitable Git GUI tool):

git clone git@github.com:alexyoung/dailyjs-backbone-tutorial.git  
cd dailyjs-backbone-tutorial  
git reset --hard 0953c5d  

Deleting Lists

We're now at the end of the complete CRUD implementation for lists. To support deleting items, we just need to hook up the link that we've already added and add support for the delete method to gapi.js. You could try doing this yourself for practice.

Open app/js/views/app.js, and add an event binding for the "Delete List" link:

events: {  
  'click #add-list-button': 'addList'
, 'click #edit-list-button': 'editList'
, 'click #delete-list-button': 'deleteList'

Next, add a method called deleteList to the same class:

deleteList: function() {  
  if (confirm('Are you sure you want to delete that list?')) {
  return false;

Just by making those two changes, the active list will be removed from the interface. Backbone knows how to remove the view when model.destroy is called in deleteList.

Backbone.sync Changes

To persist deleting lists, open app/js/gapi.js and add a case for 'delete' after 'update' (it should be around line 100):

case 'delete':  
  requestContent['resource'] = model.toJSON();
  request = gapi.client.tasks[model.url].delete(requestContent);
  Backbone.gapiRequest(request, method, model, options);

Google's API provides the delete method, otherwise this is identical to the implementation for updating items.


This part was short, so consider this your week off. Go and play with the source and see what you can get the Google Tasks API and Backbone to do! There's still a lot of things left to cover, however.

Over the last eight weeks you've learned how to:

  • Write a custom Backbone.sync method
  • Use the Google Task API with client-side JavaScript
  • Write Backbone models, views, and collections

This could be adapted to work with other Google APIs, or potentially even other APIs that I haven't considered. Once you have a solid understanding of how Backbone models and syncing data works, then a lot becomes possible.

The next few parts will cover the following:

  • Mocking the Google Tasks API for testing
  • Adding, editing, and deleting the tasks themselves
  • A Bootstrap user interface
  • Customising Bootstrap


The full source for this tutorial can be found in alexyoung / dailyjs-backbone-tutorial, commit 8d88095.