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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.

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Asad Gilani
Software Engineer at Lisec Automation · | 5 upvotes · 76.3K views
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@All: I am searching for the best template engine for .NET. I started looking into several template engines, including the Dotliquid, Handlebars.js, Scriban, and Razorlight. I found handlebar a bit difficult to use when using the loops and condition because you need to register for helper first. DotLiquid and Scriban were easy to use and in Razorlight I did not find the example for loops.

Can you please suggest which template engine is best suited for the use of conditional/list and looping and why? Or if anybody could provide me a resource or link where I can compare which is best?

Thanks In Advance

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Josh Lind
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Handlebars.js

I like Handlebars, it's very mature... some would say-- outdated.

Handlebars loops are done via {{#each myList}}. Read the docs! https://handlebarsjs.com/guide

Remember, don't put logic in your templates! Keep this layer simple. Sorry to hear you have to use dotNet.

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Pros of Handlebars.js
Pros of RactiveJS
  • 106
    Simple
  • 77
    Great templating language
  • 51
    Open source
  • 36
    Logicless
  • 20
    Integrates well into any codebase
  • 10
    Easy to create helper methods for complex scenarios
  • 7
    Created by Yehuda Katz
  • 2
    Easy For Fornt End Developers,learn backend
  • 1
    Awesome
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    W
  • 7
    Lightweight
  • 5
    Virtual Dom
  • 3
    Easy one page app templating of data
  • 2
    Components
  • 1
    Data-binding

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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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What are some alternatives to Handlebars.js and RactiveJS?
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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