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Handlebars.js vs Sass: 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 Sass? Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets. Sass is an extension of CSS3, adding nested rules, variables, mixins, selector inheritance, and more. It's translated to well-formatted, standard CSS using the command line tool or a web-framework plugin.

Handlebars.js and Sass are primarily classified as "Templating Languages & Extensions" and "CSS Pre-processors / Extensions" tools respectively.

"Simple" is the primary reason why developers consider Handlebars.js over the competitors, whereas "Variables" was stated as the key factor in picking Sass.

Handlebars.js and Sass 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 Sass with 12K GitHub stars and 1.93K GitHub forks.

Airbnb, StackShare, and Asana are some of the popular companies that use Sass, whereas Handlebars.js is used by Typeform, Starbucks, and OpenTable. Sass has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2099 company stacks & 1484 developers stacks; compared to Handlebars.js, which is listed in 643 company stacks and 175 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 Sass?

Sass is an extension of CSS3, adding nested rules, variables, mixins, selector inheritance, and more. It's translated to well-formatted, standard CSS using the command line tool or a web-framework plugin.
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      What are some alternatives to Handlebars.js and Sass?
      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 Sass
      Avatar of Kevin Ard
      Kevin Ard uses SassSass

      It was a little awkward building BS3 with LESS, and the rest of the site with SCSS, but it works. SCSS made building the UI elements (ink/flip buttons, img navs, etc) a breeze. It also drives the mobile menu open/close transitions - that would have been much too much with vanilla css.

      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 Climate CoLab
      Climate CoLab uses SassSass

      Sass helps us write better stylesheets. One major improvement over CSS that we use a lot is variables - it allows for much easier theming to quickly change brand colors for new instances of the xCoLab.

      Avatar of Ujjwal Bhujel
      Ujjwal Bhujel uses SassSass

      When you realise that countless lines of CSS codes could be made countable. And off course, a wonderful and cool way to use the logic behind variables and nesting. Simply love it.

      Avatar of Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
      Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses SassSass

      Sass is used as a part of Woltlab Suite Core, which offers to submit/configure own styles via the injection of own Sass-CSS. So we exclusively rely on Sass for our CSS needs.

      Avatar of Refractal
      Refractal uses SassSass

      CSS is a mess. There, we said it. Sass, on the other hand takes CSS and makes it pretty, easy to work with and has stuff like variables which make things seriously awesome.

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      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.

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      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.

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      Trading Log uses Handlebars.jsHandlebars.js

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

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      Tarun Singh uses Handlebars.jsHandlebars.js

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

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