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Handlebars.js vs Underscore: 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, Underscore is detailed as "JavaScript's utility _ belt". A JavaScript library that provides a whole mess of useful functional programming helpers without extending any built-in objects.

Handlebars.js belongs to "Templating Languages & Extensions" category of the tech stack, while Underscore can be primarily classified under "Javascript Utilities & Libraries".

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

Handlebars.js and Underscore are both open source tools. Underscore with 24.7K GitHub stars and 5.41K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Handlebars.js with 14.6K GitHub stars and 1.87K GitHub forks.

Pinterest, reddit, and LinkedIn are some of the popular companies that use Underscore, whereas Handlebars.js is used by Typeform, Starbucks, and OpenTable. Underscore has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1047 company stacks & 76 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 Underscore?

A JavaScript library that provides a whole mess of useful functional programming helpers without extending any built-in objects.
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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.
      TypeScript
      TypeScript is a language for application-scale JavaScript development. It's a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript.
      Pug
      This project was formerly known as "Jade." Pug is a high performance template engine heavily influenced by Haml and implemented with JavaScript for 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 Underscore
      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 Nicholas Alexander
      Nicholas Alexander uses UnderscoreUnderscore

      Making functional Javascript more concise and efficient (prefer more recent similar library, lodash).

      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 webkul
      webkul uses UnderscoreUnderscore

      It is a JavaScript Library and used for client site application.

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      papaver uses UnderscoreUnderscore

      first library i setup when working with javascript. period.

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      douglasresende uses UnderscoreUnderscore

      I use with Backbone.js and Marionette.js

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      InstaGIS uses UnderscoreUnderscore

      Truth is we use lodash

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