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Dust vs Mustache: What are the differences?

  1. Syntax Flexibility: Dust allows for more intricate logic and functionality in its syntax, such as conditionals, partials, and blocks, making it more suitable for complex template tasks. Mustache, on the other hand, follows a strict and minimalistic syntax that emphasizes simplicity and ease of use.

  2. Template Inheritance: Dust offers template inheritance, which enables the reuse and extension of templates through a hierarchical structure. Mustache does not natively support template inheritance, requiring developers to implement workarounds for similar functionality.

  3. Escaping HTML: Dust by default escapes HTML content, promoting security by preventing cross-site scripting attacks. Mustache does not automatically escape HTML, putting the burden on developers to manually escape content, which can lead to potential security vulnerabilities.

  4. Partials and Blocks: Dust provides built-in support for partials and blocks, allowing for modular and reusable template components. Mustache lacks native support for partials and blocks, necessitating additional tools or custom implementations for similar behavior.

  5. Error Handling: Dust includes more robust error handling features, providing detailed error messages that aid in debugging and troubleshooting. Mustache's error handling is relatively basic, offering less detailed feedback in case of syntax or logic errors.

  6. Whitespace Control: Dust offers more control over whitespace handling, allowing developers to control how whitespace is handled within templates. Mustache has limited whitespace control options, which can sometimes lead to unexpected rendering issues.

In Summary, Dust offers more advanced features and flexibility compared to Mustache, making it a preferred choice for complex templating tasks.

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    What is Dust?

    Dust is a JavaScript templating engine designed to provide a clean separation between presentation and logic without sacrificing ease of use. It is particularly well-suited for asynchronous and streaming applications.

    What is Mustache?

    Mustache is a logic-less template syntax. It can be used for HTML, config files, source code - anything. It works by expanding tags in a template using values provided in a hash or object. We call it "logic-less" because there are no if statements, else clauses, or for loops. Instead there are only tags. Some tags are replaced with a value, some nothing, and others a series of values.

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