Handlebars.js vs Mustache: What are the differences?
Handlebars.js: Minimal Templating on Steroids. Handlebars.js is an extension to the Mustache templating language created by Chris Wanstrath. Handlebars.js and Mustache are both logicless templating languages that keep the view and the code separated like we all know they should be; Mustache: Logic-less templates. 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.
Handlebars.js and Mustache belong to "Templating Languages & Extensions" category of the tech stack.
"Simple" is the top reason why over 102 developers like Handlebars.js, while over 29 developers mention "Dead simple templating" as the leading cause for choosing Mustache.
Handlebars.js and Mustache are both open source tools. Handlebars.js with 14.5K GitHub stars and 1.86K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Mustache with 13.1K GitHub stars and 2.3K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Handlebars.js has a broader approval, being mentioned in 642 company stacks & 173 developers stacks; compared to Mustache, which is listed in 231 company stacks and 18 developer stacks.
What is Handlebars.js?
What is Mustache?
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What are the cons of using Handlebars.js?
What are the cons of using Mustache?
What tools integrate with Mustache?
Its easy to link handlebars with SailsJS.
I have created a generator for it. Read through the README. Steps:-
Install the npm package. Generate the templates using suggested command in README. Update the config/views.js file as suggested. Thats it, It works.
We use Mustache, a logic-less templating language, to represent our models as HTML. While ‘harnessing the full power of [INSERT YOUR FAVORITE LANGUAGE HERE] in your templates’ sounds like a good idea, it seems that in practice it requires a lot of developer discipline to maintain comprehensible code. We’ve been very happy with the ‘less is more’ approach of Mustache, which allows us to re-use template code without encouraging us to mingle it with our client logic and make a mess of things.
Handlebars for me has taken a back seat since my full embrace of React, but previous to React it (along with its predecessor mustache) I used it heavily, both server and client side, in multiple languages.
Mustache is a simple logicless template language.
It is lightweight, and currently suits my templating needs.
I use it, in lieu of things like React SSR etc.
The Handlebars templating engine is used by the Promethean TV Broadcast Center Tool to deliver dynamically generated html content from our web servers.
Also used by ghost. Extensive editing of templates to keep my theme running and change what the theme does when I run into limitations.
Our template engine! We combined hb with a powerful cache system we built on top of it.