JavaScript template language shootoff

JavaScript performance comparison

Revision 210 of this test case created by Refael Ackermann

Info

A brief comparison of some JavaScript templating engines on a short template: 6 header tags, and 10 list items.

Preparation code

<script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.4.3.min.js"></script>
<script src="http://github.com/jquery/jquery-tmpl/raw/master/jquery.tmpl.min.js"></script>
<script src="http://github.com/aefxx/jQote2/raw/69b2053a13f5f180e696de9b3dba856a3c00678c/jquery.jqote2.js"></script>
<script src="http://documentcloud.github.com/underscore/underscore.js"></script>

<script src="http://github.com/hij1nx/JUP/raw/master/lib/jup.js"></script>
<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/dojo/1.5/dojo/dojo.xd.js"></script>
<script src="https://github.com/dojo/dojox/raw/master/dtl/_base.js"></script>
<script src="https://github.com/dojo/dojox/raw/master/dtl/dom.js"></script>
<script src="https://github.com/dojo/dojox/raw/master/string/Builder.js"></script>
<script src="https://github.com/dojo/dojox/raw/master/string/tokenize.js"></script>
<script src="https://github.com/dojo/dojox/raw/master/dtl/Context.js"></script>
<script src="https://github.com/dojo/dojox/raw/master/dtl/render/dom.js"></script>
<script src="https://github.com/dojo/dojox/raw/master/dtl/tag/logic.js"></script>
<script src="http://github.com/janl/mustache.js/raw/master/mustache.js"></script>

<script src="http://gist.github.com/raw/550881/29bb186167079c0b33ab6e9d50d779f37860cfa4/micro.js"></script>

<script src="http://github.com/creationix/haml-js/raw/master/lib/haml.js"></script>

<script src="http://gist.github.com/raw/550723/12d176698628e30a1df398c7ac7aea93924e1294/jade.js"></script>

<script src="http://jashkenas.github.com/coffee-script/extras/coffee-script.js"></script>
<script src="http://sstephenson.github.com/eco/dist/eco.js"></script>

<script src="https://raw.github.com/xj9/htmlbuilder/master/wildebeest.js"></script>

<script src="https://github.com/visionmedia/ejs/raw/master/ejs.js"></script>
<script>
  window.sharedVariables = {
   'header': "Header",
   'header2': "Header2",
   'header3': "Header3",
   'header4': "Header4",
   'header5': "Header5",
   'header6': "Header6",
   'list': ['1', '2', '3', '4', '5', '6', '7', '8', '9', '10']
  };
 
  window.mustacheTemplate = "<div><h1 class='header'>{{header}}</h1><h2 class='header2'>{{header2}}</h2><h3 class='header3'>{{header3}}</h3><h4 class='header4'>{{header4}}</h4><h5 class='header5'>{{header5}}</h5><h6 class='header6'>{{header6}}</h6><ul class='list'>{{#list}}<li class='item'>{{.}}</li>{{/list}}</ul></div>";
 
  window.micro = "<div><h1 class='header'><%= header %></h1><h2 class='header2'><%= header2 %></h2><h3 class='header3'><%= header3 %></h3><h4 class='header4'><%= header4 %></h4><h5 class='header5'><%= header5 %></h5><h6 class='header6'><%= header6 %></h6><ul class='list'><% for (var i = 0, l = list.length; i < l; i++) { %><li class='item'><%= list[i] %></li><% } %></ul></div>";
 
  window.underscoreTemplate = _.template(micro);
  window.resigTemplate = tmpl(micro);
  window.ejsTmpl = require("ejs").compile(window.micro)
 
  window.jqote_tmpl = "<div><h1 class='header'><%= this.header %></h1><h2 class='header2'><%= this.header2 %></h2><h3 class='header3'><%= this.header3 %></h3><h4 class='header4'><%= this.header4 %></h4><h5 class='header5'><%= this.header5 %></h5><h6 class='header6'><%= this.header6 %></h6><ul class='list'><% for (var n = 0, l = this.list.length; n < l; n++) { %><li class='item'><%= this.list[n] %></li><% } %></ul></div>";
 
  window.jqote2 = $.jqotec(jqote_tmpl);
 
  window.jupTemplate = ['div', ['h1',
  {
   'class': 'header'
  }, "{{header}}"],
   ['h2',
   {
    'class': 'header2'
   }, "{{header2}}"],
   ['h3',
   {
    'class': 'header3'
   }, "{{header3}}"],
   ['h4',
   {
    'class': 'header4'
   }, "{{header4}}"],
   ['h5',
   {
    'class': 'header5'
   }, "{{header5}}"],
   ['h6',
   {
    'class': 'header6'
   }, "{{header6}}"],
   ['ul',
   {
    'class': 'list'
   }, ['li',
   {
    'class': 'item'
   }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item}'
    }, '{{list}}']
   ]
  ];
 
  window.jadeTemplate = "div\n  h1.header!= header\n  h2.header2!= header2\n  h3.header3!= header3\n  h4.header4!= header4\n  h5.header5!= header5\n  h6.header6!= header6\n  ul.list\n    - each item in list\n      li.item!= item";
 
  window.hamlTemplate = Haml("%div\n  %h1.header= header\n  %h2.header2= header2\n  %h3.header3= header3\n  %h4.header4= header4\n  %h5.header5= header5\n  %h6.header6= header6\n  %ul.list\n    :each item in list\n      %li.item= item");
 
  jade.render(jadeTemplate, {
   locals: sharedVariables,
   filename: 'test.js',
   cache: true
  });
 
  window.ecoTemplate = eco("<div><h1 class='header'><%- @header %></h1><h2 class='header2'><%- @header2 %></h2><h3 class='header3'><%- @header3 %></h3><h4 class='header4'><%- @header4 %></h4><h5 class='header5'><%- @header5 %></h5><h6 class='header6'><%- @header6 %></h6><ul class='list'><% for item in @list: %><li class='item'><%- item %></li><% end %></ul></div>");
 
  window.wildebeestTemplate = "<h1>{{ header }}</h1><h2>{{ header2 }}</h2><h3>{{ header3 }}</h3><h4>{{ header4 }}</h4><h5>{{ header5 }}</h5><h6>{{ header6 }}</h6><ul>{{ /list list }}</ul>";
 
  window.dojoTmpl = new dojox.dtl.DomTemplate("<div><h1 class='header'>{{header}}</h1><h2 class='header2'>{{header2}}</h2><h3 class='header3'>{{header3}}</h3><h4 class='header4'>{{header4}}</h4><h5 class='header5'>{{header5}}</h5><h6 class='header6'>{{header6}}</h6><ul class='list'>{%for item in list %}<li class='item'>{{item}}</li>{%endfor%}</ul></div>");
 
  window.jqueryTemplate = "<div><h1 class='header'>{{header}}</h1><h2 class='header2'>{{header2}}</h2><h3 class='header3'>{{header3}}</h3><h4 class='header4'>{{header4}}</h4><h5 class='header5'>{{header5}}</h5><h6 class='header6'>{{header6}}</h6><ul class='list'>{{each list}}<li class='item'>{{this}}</li>{{/each}}</ul></div>";
  window.jqueryTmpl = jQuery.template("test", window.jqueryTemplate);
 
</script>

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Test Ops/sec
Mustache.js
Mustache.to_html(mustacheTemplate, sharedVariables);
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Resig Micro-Templating
resigTemplate(sharedVariables);
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Creationix's Haml-js
hamlTemplate(sharedVariables);
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Jade
jade.render(jadeTemplate, {
 locals: sharedVariables,
 filename: 'test.js',
 cache: true
});
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JUP
JUP.html([sharedVariables], jupTemplate);
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Underscore.js
underscoreTemplate(sharedVariables);
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Eco
ecoTemplate(sharedVariables);
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jQote2
$.jqote(jqote2, [sharedVariables]);
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jQote2 direct invocation
jqote2.call(sharedVariables, 0, 0, [sharedVariables], jqote2);
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Wildebeest
wdb.compile(wildebeestTemplate, sharedVariables);
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Dojox.DTL
dojoTmpl.render(new dojox.dtl.Context(sharedVariables));
pending…
jQuery.tmpl
jQuery.tmpl("test", sharedVariables);
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EJS
ejsTmpl(sharedVariables)
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