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Handlebars.js vs RactiveJS: 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 RactiveJS? Next-generation DOM manipulation. Ractive was originally created at theguardian.com to produce news applications. Ractive takes your Mustache templates and transforms them into a lightweight representation of the DOM – then when your data changes, it intelligently updates the real DOM.

Handlebars.js and RactiveJS can be primarily classified as "Templating Languages & Extensions" tools.

"Simple" is the top reason why over 102 developers like Handlebars.js, while over 6 developers mention "Lightweight" as the leading cause for choosing RactiveJS.

Handlebars.js and RactiveJS are both open source tools. It seems that Handlebars.js with 14.6K GitHub stars and 1.87K forks on GitHub has more adoption than RactiveJS with 5.67K GitHub stars and 440 GitHub forks.

Hulu, DuckDuckGo, and Intel are some of the popular companies that use Handlebars.js, whereas RactiveJS is used by Teleport, LeVego, and Record Bird. Handlebars.js has a broader approval, being mentioned in 643 company stacks & 175 developers stacks; compared to RactiveJS, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 8 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 RactiveJS?

Ractive was originally created at theguardian.com to produce news applications. Ractive takes your Mustache templates and transforms them into a lightweight representation of the DOM – then when your data changes, it intelligently updates the real DOM.
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      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.
      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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      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 RactiveJS
      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 LeVego
      LeVego uses RactiveJSRactiveJS

      Structuring our one page app around the data to templating structure of RactiveJS was an easy way to make the code slick and mantainable

      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 Mike MacCana
      Mike MacCana uses RactiveJSRactiveJS

      Our whole UI is a series of ractive components!

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