JavaScript template language shootoff

JavaScript performance comparison

Revision 366 of this test case created by Jarno Keskikangas

Info

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

Since the purpose is to generate HTML for the DOM, the tests now include DOM node creation.

(JUP templates were removed, because they produced incorrect output and are incapable of producing the desired output from a template and the given data.)

Preparation code

<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1/jquery.min.js"></script>

<script src="http://leonidas.github.com/transparency/js/transparency.min.js"></script>


<script src="http://documentcloud.github.com/underscore/underscore.js"></script>

<script src="http://github.com/janl/mustache.js/raw/master/mustache.js"></script>

<script src="https://github.com/downloads/paul/handlebars.js/handlebars.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="http://ajax.microsoft.com/ajax/jquery.templates/beta1/jquery.tmpl.min.js"></script>

<script src="https://github.com/olado/doT/raw/master/doT.js"></script>

<script src="https://github.com/olado/doT/raw/master/doU.js"></script>

<script src="http://github.com/aefxx/jQote2/raw/69b2053a13f5f180e696de9b3dba856a3c00678c/jquery.jqote2.js"></script>

<script src="https://raw.github.com/relativityboy/Orange-J/master/jquery.orange.js"></script>

<script type='text/javascript'>
  // hogan looks for exports and smashes it's contents :(
  var oldExports = exports;
  exports = undefined;
</script>
<script src="//twitter.github.com/hogan.js/builds/1.0.5/hogan-1.0.5.js"></script>
<script type='text/javascript'>
  exports = oldExports;
</script>

<div id="transparency_template">
  <h1 class='header'></h1>
  <h2 class='header2'></h2>
  <h3 class='header3'></h3>
  <h4 class='header4'></h4>
  <h5 class='header5'></h5>
  <h6 class='header6'></h6>
  <ul class='list'>
    <li class='item'></li>
  </ul>
</div>

<script>
  window.transparencyTemplate = document.getElementById("transparency_template")

  transparencyTemplate.parentNode.removeChild(transparencyTemplate);

  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.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'>{{this}}</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.sharedVariables = {
   header: "Header",
   header2: "Header2",
   header3: "Header3",
   header4: "Header4",
   header5: "Header5",
   header6: "Header6",
   list: ['10000000', '2', '3', '4', '5', '6', '7', '8', '9', '10']
  };
 
  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");
 
  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.jQueryTemplate = $.template(null, "<div><h1 class='header'>${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'>${header6}</h6><ul class='list'>{{each list}}<li class='item'>${$value}</li>{{/each}}</ul></div>");
 
  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>");
 
  window.doUtemplate = doU.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>");
 
  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);

  $.addSnippet("test1", "<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'>{val}</li>{[]list}</ul></div>");

  window.hoganTemplate = Hogan.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>");
</script>

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Test Ops/sec
Mustache.js Template
$(Mustache.to_html(mustacheTemplate, sharedVariables));
++sharedVariables.list[0];
 
pending…
Resig Micro-Templating.
$(resigTemplate(sharedVariables));
++sharedVariables.list[0];
 
pending…
Creationix's Haml-js Template
$(hamlTemplate(sharedVariables));
++sharedVariables.list[0];
 
pending…
Jade Template
$(jade.render(jadeTemplate, {
 locals: sharedVariables,
 filename: 'test.js',
 cache: true
}));
++sharedVariables.list[0];
 
pending…
Underscore.js Template
$(underscoreTemplate(sharedVariables));
++sharedVariables.list[0];
 
pending…
Eco Template
$(ecoTemplate(sharedVariables));
++sharedVariables.list[0];
 
pending…
jQuery Templates
$.tmpl(jQueryTemplate, sharedVariables);
++sharedVariables.list[0];
 
pending…
Handlebars.js
$(handlebarsTemplate(sharedVariables));
++sharedVariables.list[0];
 
pending…
doT.js
$(doTtemplate(sharedVariables));
++sharedVariables.list[0];
 
pending…
doU.js
$(doUtemplate(sharedVariables));
++sharedVariables.list[0];
 
pending…
jQote2 direct
$(jqote2.call(sharedVariables, 0, 0, [sharedVariables], jqote2));
++sharedVariables.list[0];
 
pending…
Orange-J
$($.snippet("test1", sharedVariables));
++sharedVariables.list[0];
 
pending…
Twitter's Hogan.js
$(hoganTemplate.render(sharedVariables));
++sharedVariables.list[0];
 
pending…
Transparency
Transparency.render(transparencyTemplate, sharedVariables)
++sharedVariables.list[0];
pending…

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