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Handlebars.js vs Polymer: What are the differences?

What is 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.

What is Polymer? A new library built on top of Web Components, designed to leverage the evolving web platform on modern browsers. Polymer is a new type of library for the web, designed to leverage the existing browser infrastructure to provide the encapsulation and extendability currently only available in JS libraries. Polymer is based on a set of future technologies, including Shadow DOM, Custom Elements and Model Driven Views. Currently these technologies are implemented as polyfills or shims, but as browsers adopt these features natively, the platform code that drives Polymer evacipates, leaving only the value-adds.

Handlebars.js belongs to "Templating Languages & Extensions" category of the tech stack, while Polymer can be primarily classified under "Front-End Frameworks".

"Simple" is the top reason why over 102 developers like Handlebars.js, while over 49 developers mention "Web components" as the leading cause for choosing Polymer.

Handlebars.js and Polymer are both open source tools. It seems that Polymer with 21.1K GitHub stars and 2K forks on GitHub has more adoption 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 Polymer, which is listed in 42 company stacks and 32 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 Polymer?

Polymer is a new type of library for the web, designed to leverage the existing browser infrastructure to provide the encapsulation and extendability currently only available in JS libraries. Polymer is based on a set of future technologies, including Shadow DOM, Custom Elements and Model Driven Views. Currently these technologies are implemented as polyfills or shims, but as browsers adopt these features natively, the platform code that drives Polymer evacipates, leaving only the value-adds.
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        What are some alternatives to Handlebars.js and Polymer?
        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’s syntax to express your application’s 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.
        TypeScript
        TypeScript is a language for application-scale JavaScript development. It's a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript.
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        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 Polymer
        Avatar of Ana Phi Sancho
        Ana Phi Sancho uses PolymerPolymer

        In process of Learning Technics- Studing to know more. I was introduced in a Google event.

        Polymer is another Google offering that focuses on Web Components, an up-and-coming collection of technologies that provide web developers with the ability to create customer HTML elements.

        Avatar of Badge List
        Badge List uses PolymerPolymer

        Polymer is super future-focused and really great to build in. The biggest plus for us is how its component-focused approach keeps things modular and maintainable. It also makes it really easy to implement material design.

        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.

        Avatar of Arvind Iyer
        Arvind Iyer uses PolymerPolymer

        Built a material design simple todo app with a firebase backend

        Avatar of Ralic Lo
        Ralic Lo uses PolymerPolymer

        Support build of application and import web component.

        Avatar of Casey Smith
        Casey Smith uses PolymerPolymer

        Componentize the front-end web client.

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