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Mustache vs RactiveJS: What are the differences?

What is Mustache? Logic-less templates. 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.

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.

Mustache and RactiveJS belong to "Templating Languages & Extensions" category of the tech stack.

"Dead simple templating" is the primary reason why developers consider Mustache over the competitors, whereas "Lightweight" was stated as the key factor in picking RactiveJS.

Mustache and RactiveJS are both open source tools. It seems that Mustache with 13.2K GitHub stars and 2.3K forks on GitHub has more adoption than RactiveJS with 5.67K GitHub stars and 440 GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Mustache has a broader approval, being mentioned in 231 company stacks & 18 developers stacks; compared to RactiveJS, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 8 developer stacks.

What is 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.

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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      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.
      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.
      Hogan.js
      Hogan.js is a 3.4k JS templating engine developed at Twitter. Use it as a part of your asset packager to compile templates ahead of time or include it in your browser to handle dynamic templates.
      Smarty
      Facilitating the separation of presentation (HTML/CSS) from application logic. This implies that PHP code is application logic, and is separated from the presentation
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      Trello uses MustacheMustache

      We use Mustache, a logic-less templating language, to represent our models as HTML. While ‘harnessing the full power of [INSERT YOUR FAVORITE LANGUAGE HERE] in your templates’ sounds like a good idea, it seems that in practice it requires a lot of developer discipline to maintain comprehensible code. We’ve been very happy with the ‘less is more’ approach of Mustache, which allows us to re-use template code without encouraging us to mingle it with our client logic and make a mess of things.

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      Volkan Özçelik uses MustacheMustache

      Mustache is a simple logicless template language.

      It is lightweight, and currently suits my templating needs.

      I use it, in lieu of things like React SSR etc.

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      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

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      ShadowICT uses MustacheMustache

      We use Mustache to allow us to create easy and reusable templates on our sites.

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      Mike MacCana uses RactiveJSRactiveJS

      Our whole UI is a series of ractive components!

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