SPEAK is here to help you as a developer by trying to make things as easy as possible.
If SPEAK does not help you, makes you develop faster and increases the quality of your UI, SPEAK has failed.
Sitecore SPEAK is a technology for building web applications in Sitecore.
SPEAK is a replacement for Sheer UI and is built upon standard technologies like Html5, CSS3, jQuery, Backbone, Knockout, Require, Twitter Bootstrap and more.
Sitecore SPEAK provides a library of components that accelerates development (the Component Library).
The overarching goals of SPEAK are to:
The SPEAK project is a UI/UX framework which runs on top of an existing Sitecore instance. You will need to have an up and running Sitecore instance on your workstation in order to install it.
(This blog post is an extract from the internal developer documentation that was generated during the development of SPEAK 1.0. It has been written by the developers who designed SPEAK and wrote the code.)
Is there, somewhere, a document that shows all the components available in the SPEAK "toolbox" along with some description of what they can do and a screenshot of what it looks like? Perhaps an installable sample App like the ones that are provided with Bootstrap Themes with all the components laid out and titled? See ironsummitmedia.github.io/.../index.html for an example.
Before starting learning SPEAK i'd recommend try some basic example like this one: mhwelander.net/.../