Since I knew I would have a lot of hurdles on this project I made a conscious decision to start with the books source code for chapter 7. This chapter starts on a User Interface for status objects and comes complete with a lot of the login and checks surrounding login for various pages. This allowed me to view how to construct a node/express/mongodb/backbone project. The only downfall was trying to make sense of the code from the spot in which I decided to pick it up. This did lead to some debugging needed when I ran into misunderstandings about the code. However, I was able to get through those and it now sets me up well to move forward developing the ui elements needed for my project.