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Handlebars.js vs Next.js: What are the differences?

Developers describe Handlebars.js as "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. On the other hand, Next.js is detailed as "*A small framework for server-rendered universal JavaScript apps *". Next.js is a minimalistic framework for server-rendered React applications.

Handlebars.js and Next.js are primarily classified as "Templating Languages & Extensions" and "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools respectively.

"Simple" is the top reason why over 102 developers like Handlebars.js, while over 9 developers mention "Automatic server rendering and code splitting" as the leading cause for choosing Next.js.

Handlebars.js and Next.js are both open source tools. Next.js with 38.7K GitHub stars and 4.69K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Handlebars.js with 14.6K GitHub stars and 1.87K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Handlebars.js has a broader approval, being mentioned in 643 company stacks & 175 developers stacks; compared to Next.js, which is listed in 82 company stacks and 69 developer stacks.

What is Handlebars.js?

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.

What is Next.js?

Next.js is a minimalistic framework for server-rendered React applications.
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      What are some alternatives to Handlebars.js and Next.js?
      AngularJS
      AngularJS lets you write client-side web applications as if you had a smarter browser. It lets you use good old HTML (or HAML, Jade and friends!) as your template language and lets you extend HTML鈥檚 syntax to express your application鈥檚 components clearly and succinctly. It automatically synchronizes data from your UI (view) with your JavaScript objects (model) through 2-way data binding.
      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.
      React
      Lots of people use React as the V in MVC. Since React makes no assumptions about the rest of your technology stack, it's easy to try it out on a small feature in an existing project.
      Underscore
      A JavaScript library that provides a whole mess of useful functional programming helpers without extending any built-in objects.
      doT.js
      It is a fastest and concise javascript template engine for Node.js and browsers. It was created in search of the fastest and concise JavaScript templating function with emphasis on performance under V8 and Node.js. It shows great performance for both Node.js and browsers.
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      Decisions about Handlebars.js and Next.js
      Divine Bawa
      Divine Bawa
      at PayHub Ghana Limited | 13 upvotes 102.5K views
      Apollo
      Apollo
      Next.js
      Next.js
      styled-components
      styled-components
      React
      React
      graphql-yoga
      graphql-yoga
      Prisma
      Prisma
      MySQL
      MySQL
      GraphQL
      GraphQL
      Node.js
      Node.js

      I just finished a web app meant for a business that offers training programs for certain professional courses. I chose this stack to test out my skills in graphql and react. I used Node.js , GraphQL , MySQL for the #Backend utilizing Prisma as a database interface for MySQL to provide CRUD APIs and graphql-yoga as a server. For the #frontend I chose React, styled-components for styling, Next.js for routing and SSR and Apollo for data management. I really liked the outcome and I will definitely use this stack in future projects.

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      David Ritsema
      David Ritsema
      Frontend Architect at Herman Miller | 7 upvotes 20K views
      atHerman MillerHerman Miller
      prismic.io
      prismic.io
      Next.js
      Next.js
      React
      React
      Node.js
      Node.js

      When we started thinking about technology options for our own Design System, we wanted to focus on two primary goals

      1. Build a design system site using design system components - a living prototype
      2. Explore new ways of working to position our technical capabilities for the future

      We have a small team of developers responsible for the initial build so we knew that we couldn鈥檛 spend too much time maintaining infrastructure on the Backend. We also wanted freedom to make decisions on the Frontend with the ability to adapt over time.

      For this first iteration we decided to use Node.js, React, and Next.js. Content will be managed via headless CMS in prismic.io.

      1. Next.js so that we can run React serverside without worrying about server code.
      2. prismic.io so that our content is accessible via API and our frontend is fully independent.
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      Martin Johannesson
      Martin Johannesson
      Senior Software Developer at IT Minds | 10 upvotes 15.5K views
      atIT MindsIT Minds
      AMP
      AMP
      PWA
      PWA
      React
      React
      MongoDB
      MongoDB
      Next.js
      Next.js
      GraphQL
      GraphQL
      Apollo
      Apollo
      PostgreSQL
      PostgreSQL
      TypeORM
      TypeORM
      Node.js
      Node.js
      TypeScript
      TypeScript
      #B2B
      #Backend
      #Serverless

      At IT Minds we create customized internal or #B2B web and mobile apps. I have a go to stack that I pitch to our customers consisting of 3 core areas. 1) A data core #backend . 2) A micro #serverless #backend. 3) A user client #frontend.

      For the Data Core I create a backend using TypeScript Node.js and with TypeORM connecting to a PostgreSQL Exposing an action based api with Apollo GraphQL

      For the micro serverless backend, which purpose is verification for authentication, autorization, logins and the likes. It is created with Next.js api pages. Using MongoDB to store essential information, caching etc.

      Finally the frontend is built with React using Next.js , TypeScript and @Apollo. We create the frontend as a PWA and have a AMP landing page by default.

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      Michael Mota
      Michael Mota
      CEO & Founder at AlterEstate | 4 upvotes 955 views
      Next.js
      Next.js
      Graphene
      Graphene
      GraphQL
      GraphQL
      Django
      Django

      I've been using Django for quite a long time and in my opinion I would never switch from it. My company is currently using Django with REST framework and a part in GraphQL using Graphene. On the frontend we use Next.js and so far everything has been running quite good. I've found limitations but manage to solve it.

      As someone mentioned before, if you are comfortable with Django, don't switch. There's no need since with django you can basically achieve anything. Of course this will depend on the project you want to build, but the scalability and flexibility django can offer it's just out of this world. (Don't want to sound like a fan boy haha but it really is).

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      Reviews of Handlebars.js and Next.js
      Review ofHandlebars.jsHandlebars.js

      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.

      https://github.com/bhaskarmelkani/sails-generate-views-hbs

      How developers use Handlebars.js and Next.js
      Avatar of Kent Steiner
      Kent Steiner uses Handlebars.jsHandlebars.js

      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.

      Avatar of Promethean TV
      Promethean TV uses Handlebars.jsHandlebars.js

      The Handlebars templating engine is used by the Promethean TV Broadcast Center Tool to deliver dynamically generated html content from our web servers.

      Avatar of Jonathan Fries
      Jonathan Fries uses Handlebars.jsHandlebars.js

      Also used by ghost. Extensive editing of templates to keep my theme running and change what the theme does when I run into limitations.

      Avatar of Trading Log
      Trading Log uses Handlebars.jsHandlebars.js

      Our template engine! We combined hb with a powerful cache system we built on top of it.

      Avatar of Tarun Singh
      Tarun Singh uses Handlebars.jsHandlebars.js

      Used Handlebars to decouple the html from javascript, hence makes it more manageable.

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