[v1] my app refuses to load when i use the regular setup

Hi guys, i inherited a v1.2.0 app and i am following a template get it off the ground. now when i input the standard

var template = $$('#random-template').html();
var compiledTemplate = Template7.compile(template);

it doesn’t load up. But when i remove it, it works quite well. What could be the problem?

I can not help you much, as I studied V1 for a short time, but there is still a branch available in Vladimir’s Github

well, i definitely am following up on it. It just is a little confusing cos i am following the steps and not all is adding up.