I am working in SharePoint 2013 Foundation and I have a custom list named Properties that I am trying to use in a Backbone Application. The list contains all 90 of our properties and each property's corresponding Property Number. I am just trying in this first step to return the list's contents to the page.

I have included jquery-1.9.0.js, json2.js, underscore-1.4.3.js, backbone-0.9.10.js, backbone-sharepoint.odata.js and home.js in the head of my page (Home.aspx).

Here is the contents of home.js:

var Property = Backbone.SP.Item.extend({});

var Properties = Backbone.SP.List.extend({
    model: Property,
    site: '/',
    list: 'Properties',
    view: ''

var PropertiesView = Backbone.View.extend({
    tagName: "ul",
    tpl: _.template(
        "<% _.each(properties, function(property){ %>" + 
            "<li><%= property.PropNumber + ' -- ' + property.Title %></li>" + 
        "<% }); %>"
    render: function(){
        $(this.el).html( this.tpl( { properties: this.collection.toJSON() } ) );
        $('#addressbooks').append( this.el );

jQuery(document).ready(function($) {

    var properties = new Properties();
    var view = new PropertiesView({ collection: properties });
    properties.bind("reset", view.render, view);


Nothing is getting appended to the page and when I debug through Developer Tools, I get an error of "Resource not found for the segment 'undefined'." Since this is the ONLY documentation for using the SharePoint.Backbone plugin (https://github.com/lstak/Backbone.SharePoint), I am hoping that the community can help me see what I am doing wrong.

Thanks in Advance!

-----UPDATE----- The list is apparently OK. I ran this REST code and all of the properties appeared. The problem is I don't know how to turn this into a Backbone Collection without using Istak's library (which is the thing not working):

jQuery(document).ready(function($) {
        url: "http://edrdbdev/_api/web/lists/GetByTitle('Properties')/items",
        type: "GET",
        headers: { "accept" : "application/json;odata=verbose" },
        success: function(data){
            $.each(data.d.results, function(index, item){
                $('#addressbooks').append( "<li><p>" + item.PropNumber + " -- " + item.Title + "</p></li>"  );
        error: function(error){
  • Is var properties = new Properties; correct? Should it not be var properties = new Properties();? Feb 5 '14 at 21:25
  • The documentation had it as a Property and not a Method but I think it should be as you say. I made the change (and edited my question) but still get the same error and no content.
    – jgravois
    Feb 5 '14 at 21:34
  • BTW, since this project is using ListData you should know there is a bug with task approval: sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/64273/… Feb 5 '14 at 22:50
  • I can give you some jQuery functions that I use with ListData, but you should probably post on StackExchange regarding the BackBone question. Feb 5 '14 at 22:53
  • I would live to see your functions
    – jgravois
    Feb 5 '14 at 22:56

Usually I encounter this error when my JavaScript code is trying to access a list whose name is in a variable that is being used for the title/URL of the list but is in fact undefined. So looking in developer tools, you should be able to see on the network tab if you are attempting to access a URL or make a call to http://servername/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('udefined'). I suspect something is wrong with your Properties model.You'll need to investigate more with developer tools.

  • 1
    The Request URL is "edrdbdev/_vti_bin/ListData.svc/undefined" -- not good. I made sure that I copied the same Properties model accurately (substituting my list name for the example) so what I am doing now is creating a "Contacts" list and will use the actual code from the example to see if that works. Thanks for helping!
    – jgravois
    Feb 5 '14 at 22:05
  • I suspected from the error this was ListData.svc. I am sad to say I've seen that message enough I am surprised it's not in my nightmares yet! Feb 5 '14 at 22:15
  • I added the list (Contacts) and ran the EXACT code found in the documentation and received the same error. I was able to access the list via REST (I added my example to my question) but I need the JSON to be a collection in BackBone to feed our BackBone application.
    – jgravois
    Feb 5 '14 at 22:42

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