JavaScript template language shootoff

JavaScript performance comparison

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

Preparation code

<script src="http://alterform.com/aui/lib/yui-combo/combo.php?./../../build/yui/yui-min.js&./../../build/aui-base/aui-base-min.js&./../../build/oop/oop.js&./../../build/event-custom-base/event-custom-base.js&./../../build/event-custom-complex/event-custom-complex.js&./../../build/intl/intl.js&./../../build/dom-core/dom-core.js&./../../build/dom-base/dom-base.js&./../../build/selector-native/selector-native.js&./../../build/selector/selector.js&./../../build/node-core/node-core.js&./../../build/node-base/node-base.js&./../../build/event-base/event-base.js&./../../build/event-delegate/event-delegate.js&./../../build/event-synthetic/event-synthetic.js&./../../build/event-mousewheel/event-mousewheel.js&./../../build/event-mouseenter/event-mouseenter.js&./../../build/event-key/event-key.js&./../../build/event-focus/event-focus.js&./../../build/event-resize/event-resize.js&./../../build/event-hover/event-hover.js&./../../build/event-outside/event-outside.js&./../../build/node-event-delegate/node-event-delegate.js&./../../build/pluginhost-base/pluginhost-base.js&./../../build/pluginhost-config/pluginhost-config.js&./../../build/node-pluginhost/node-pluginhost.js&./../../build/dom-style/dom-style.js&./../../build/dom-screen/dom-screen.js&./../../build/node-screen/node-screen.js&./../../build/node-style/node-style.js&./../../build/classnamemanager/classnamemanager.js&./../../build/aui-classnamemanager/aui-classnamemanager.js&./../../build/aui-node/aui-node-base.js&./../../build/array-extras/array-extras.js&./../../build/arraylist/arraylist.js&./../../build/arraylist-add/arraylist-add.js&./../../build/arraylist-filter/arraylist-filter.js&./../../build/array-invoke/array-invoke.js&./../../build/attribute-base/attribute-base.js&./../../build/attribute-complex/attribute-complex.js&./../../build/base-base/base-base.js&./../../build/base-pluginhost/base-pluginhost.js&./../../build/widget-base/widget-base.js&./../../build/widget-htmlparser/widget-htmlparser.js&./../../build/widget-uievents/widget-uievents.js&./../../build/widget-skin/widget-skin.js&./../../build/aui-component/aui-component.js&./../../build/aui-debounce/aui-debounce.js&./../../build/aui-delayed-task/aui-delayed-task.js&./../../build/selector-css2/selector-css2.js&./../../build/selector-css3/selector-css3.js&./../../build/aui-selector/aui-selector.js&./../../build/aui-event/aui-event-base.js&./../../build/yui-throttle/yui-throttle.js&./../../build/aui-node/aui-node-html5.js&./../../build/aui-node/aui-node-html5-print.js&./../../build/aui-template/aui-template.js">
</script>
<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='https://raw.github.com/jspopisno1/Beard/master/beard.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://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 src="//cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/handlebars.js/1.0.0.beta2/handlebars.min.js">
</script>
<script src="https://github.com/olado/doT/raw/master/doT.js">
</script>
<script src="http://akdubya.github.com/dustjs/dist/dust-full-0.3.0.min.js">
</script>
<script src="http://www.yajet.net/yajet/js/yajet.min.js">
</script>
<script src="https://raw.github.com/mikaelkaron/mytemplate/master/mytemplate.js"></script>

<script>
  window.myTemplate = MyTemplate("<div><h1 class='header'><%= data.header %></h1><h2 class='header2'><%= data.header2 %></h2><h3 class='header3'><%= data.header3 %></h3><h4 class='header4'><%= data.header4 %></h4><h5 class='header5'><%= data.header5 %></h5><h6 class='header6'><%= data.header6 %></h6><ul class='list'><% for (var i = 0, l = data.list.length; i < l; i++) { %><li class='item'><%= data.list[i] %></li><% } %></ul></div>");


  window.ALLOY = AUI({
    fetchCSS: false
  }).use('aui-template');

  window.auiTemplate = new ALLOY.Template('<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"><tpl for="list"><li class="item">{.}</li></tpl></ul></div>');

  window.handlebarsTemplate = Handlebars.compile("<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>");

Beard.init({safemode: true}).loadScript("<div><h1 class='header'>[`` d.header`]</h1><h2 class='header2'>[`` d.header2`]</h2><h3 class='header3'>[`` d.header3`]</h3><h4 class='header4'>[`` d.header4`]</h4><h5 class='header5'>[`` d.header5`]</h5><h6 class='header6'>[`` d.header6`]</h6><ul class='list'>[## loop(d.list, function(l){ #]<li class='item'>[`` l `]</li>[## }) #]</ul></div>", 'BeardTest.SafeMode');

Beard.init({safemode:false}).loadScript("<div><h1 class='header'>[`` d.header`]</h1><h2 class='header2'>[`` d.header2`]</h2><h3 class='header3'>[`` d.header3`]</h3><h4 class='header4'>[`` d.header4`]</h4><h5 class='header5'>[`` d.header5`]</h5><h6 class='header6'>[`` d.header6`]</h6><ul class='list'>[## loop(d.list, function(l){ #]<li class='item'>[`` l `]</li>[## }) #]</ul></div>", 'BeardTest.WithoutSafeMode');

Beard.init({safemode:false}).loadScript("<div><h1 class='header'>[`` d.header`]</h1><h2 class='header2'>[`` d.header2`]</h2><h3 class='header3'>[`` d.header3`]</h3><h4 class='header4'>[`` d.header4`]</h4><h5 class='header5'>[`` d.header5`]</h5><h6 class='header6'>[`` d.header6`]</h6><ul class='list'>[## var list = d.list; for(var i = 0, len = list.length; i < len; i++){ #]<li class='item'>[`` list[i] `]</li>[## } #]</ul></div>", 'BeardTest.UseForInsteadOfLoop');

  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.doTtemplate = doT.template("<div><h1 class='header'>{{=it.header}}</h1><h2 class='header2'>{{=it.header2}}</h2><h3 class='header3'>{{=it.header3}}</h3><h4 class='header4'>{{=it.header4}}</h4><h5 class='header5'>{{=it.header5}}</h5><h6 class='header6'>{{=it.header6}}</h6><ul class='list'>{{ for (var i = 0, l = it.list.length; i < l; i++) { }}<li class='item'>{{=it.list[i]}}</li>{{ } }}</ul></div>");

  doT.templateSettings.append = false;
  window.doTtemplateAppendFalse = doT.template("<div><h1 class='header'>{{=it.header}}</h1><h2 class='header2'>{{=it.header2}}</h2><h3 class='header3'>{{=it.header3}}</h3><h4 class='header4'>{{=it.header4}}</h4><h5 class='header5'>{{=it.header5}}</h5><h6 class='header6'>{{=it.header6}}</h6><ul class='list'>{{ for (var i = 0, l = it.list.length; i < l; i++) { }}<li class='item'>{{=it.list[i]}}</li>{{ } }}</ul></div>");

  var yajet = new YAJET({
    with_scope: false
  });
  window.templateYajet = yajet.compile("<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'>$(FOREACH (this.list)<li class='item'>$_</li>$)</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);

  dust.loadSource(dust.compile("<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>", "dustTemplate"));

</script>

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MyTemplate
myTemplate(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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jQuery.tmpl
jQuery.tmpl("test", sharedVariables);
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EJS
ejsTmpl(sharedVariables)
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AlloyUI Template
auiTemplate.parse(sharedVariables);
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Handlebars.js Template
handlebarsTemplate(sharedVariables)
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doT.js
doTtemplate(sharedVariables);
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doT.js append false
doTtemplateAppendFalse(sharedVariables);
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DustJS
var done = false;

while (!done) {
  // Need better way to benchmark asynchronous functions
  dust.render("dustTemplate", sharedVariables, function() {
    done = true;
  });
}
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Yajet
templateYajet(sharedVariables);
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Beard in safe mode
Btpls.BeardTest.SafeMode(sharedVariables);
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Beard without safe mode
Btpls.BeardTest.WithoutSafeMode(sharedVariables);
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Beard using 'for'
Btpls.BeardTest.UseForInsteadOfLoop(sharedVariables);
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Mustache.js
Mustache.to_html(mustacheTemplate, sharedVariables);
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1 comment

Eamon Nerbonne commented :

Please don't edit this version, edit version 878 (or newer) instead - that includes rudimentary output checking so that broken implementations don't distort the results.

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